We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Rebekah Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is something that I don’t enjoy doing at all, but have found that it’s worth it every time. I actually had a speech condition when I was little called Selective Mutism- meaning I didn’t talk at all. I never spoke to my grandparents or extended family, to classmates in school, I’d hide away when we’d have company over.. it was paralyzing. Fear has controlled a lot of my life growing up. I eventually started to get over it as a kid and began talking, but actually putting myself out there? No way! It wasn’t until I went off to Baylor that I actually began confronting this issue that had held me back for so long. I literally waited for life to come to me and bring me friendships and opportunity, but after a year and a half of sitting around I decided to take a step out of faith and try to run towards life. After awhile I made so many wonderful friends, met my husband, and was presented really cool job opportunities with photography. Fast forward to starting my own photography business, I had to confront this fear of putting myself out there all over again. It will never be easy to say “hey this is me and this is what I have to offer the world,” but I’ve learned that when I make the extra step to love people well and get out of my comfort zone, the joy and sense of purpose is almost overwhelming. When I meet couples or someone for a photo session and can sense their nervousness or feelings of insecurity, I can honestly say that I understand and know how to make them that much more comfortable and confident. Letting people know that they’re loved and known is everything. Being vulnerable is probably the biggest risk you can take in life, but it opens a door for others in the world around you to walk through and begin believing in themselves, too.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve had a camera in my hands for about 12 years now and it wasn’t until after my wedding in 2016 that I fell in love with the idea of diving into wedding photography. I had shot about 10 weddings before that, but I hadn’t ever had the bride’s prospective of it all. I was served really well as a bride and loved the feelings that I had when I received my wedding album from my photographer and getting to relive my wedding day all over again. Starting my own business wasn’t easy at all. I learned that my fear held me back the most. The fear of rejection or not being as good as other photographers in the area kept me from even starting. Before my launch in August of 2017, I had lots of friends put their wedding dresses back on so I could get content and I took a business course in how to run a photography business. I also shadowed some photographers to make sure I could keep up with the pace of a wedding day. When I finally went live with my website the response was overwhelmingly positive. I booked about 15 weddings the first year I launched which is amazing. I think what sets me apart as a wedding photographer is that I strive to be my client’s friend. I want the bride & groom to feel known and comforted when they see me on their wedding day. I also love to share my personal wedding experience with them to help them have an even greater day than I did! Weddings can be so stressful for the couple and its so important to remind them that you’re on their team. It’s not about an event or production, but about celebrating them and their love and helping them have the most stress-free day possible. Two of the biggest compliments I get from people is 1) I’m a really peaceful person and I bring a lot of security to couples in the midst of the busy day. That as nice as I am I can direct a crowd and get the job done in a quick amount of time. 2) When couples meet me for the first time they feel like they know me already. I try and run my business in a way to remind people that I’m a real person behind the camera and website. I keep it pretty real on social media and when I meet couples for the first time I’m usually relatable and laid back putting them at ease. I’m most proud of a styled shoot I planned this last winter called “Rise.” Rise came to me when I was praying last summer and I made it happen. I collaborated with the most kind and talented vendors in the Houston area and donated all the ticket sales to a local ministry called “Mercy House.” Mercy House is a ministry that provides housing, meals, transportation, and so much more to people traveling to Houston for medical treatment. I dedicated the styled shoot in honor of my Aunt Donna who had just passed away from ovarian cancer. It felt so good to give back, but also be creative with fellow wedding vendors, photographers, and videographers. I definitely want to do it again someday! Anyone can make a difference doing anything they are passionate about. I never want to forget where I started or get to the place where I think I know it all. This industry is ever changing and I want to always be learning and getting better for my future clients. I believe in stepping out in faith, but I don’t believe in running before walking as a wedding photographer. Definitely don’t bite off more than you can chew. Wedding photography is a lot of pressure and these are people’s memories at stake! Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help or get a mentor to sharpen your skills. Practice, practice, practice. Everyone deserves a beautiful and memorable wedding day. What I think I want the world to know about my brand and my story is that this is me. I am a very personal person and just want to be your pal through these special seasons. I want to go through the motions of life with you and be someone you can count on. That might not be the most “professional” approach, but it’s my approach and it works for me.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
First stop is Third Gen Coffee in The Woodlands. It’s locally owned and they are third generation coffee farmers from Honduras! I love their shop and its aesthetic as well as the amazing coffee they serve! My go to drink is a half sweet oat milk vanilla latte. The cold brew is great, too! I bring all my out of town friends there! I also love Tout Suit coffee near Minute Maid park! Such a beautiful coffee date spot with tons of natural light. I also love that they have a studio for photographers to rent out! I love The Breakfast Klub near downtown! I took my husband there on his birthday and they easily have the best chicken and waffles I’ve ever tasted. The staff is so kind and personal, too. It’s always busy and for good reason! Lupe Tortilla has the best fajitas I’ve ever tasted! We go all the time and never get tired of it! Their seasonal blood orange margarita is delicious, too! But so are all their margs. Ps: ask for their original salsa! Tiny’s Milk and Cookies is my favorite go to sweet treat! I will sometimes make the 30 minute drive to Bellaire just for them! I love how you just walk up to the window and feel like a kid again when you go there. For a fancy night out- Steak 48 is so great and the food is divine! I love going towards Rice University and walking beneath those beautiful trees! It’s so quiet there despite being in the middle of all the hustle Houston has.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God has played the biggest role in my journey for making me more brave and bold! He’s who I run to with my wins and my losses in life. I’ve never felt alone with Him by my side. My husband, Kevin is my best friend and biggest fan. He is always sharpening me- making me more creative and business savvy. He’s also the brains behind my business! So grateful He is mine! My parents are everything to me! My mom is always proofing my edits and inspiring me creatively. She is one of the most creative people in the world. My dad is the hardest worker I’ve ever known. He has been successful at everything he’s ever pursued. He actually dropped out of high school at the age of 16, but then got his G.E.D, joined the army, obtained his bachelors and masters degrees, and has gone on to start some super successful businesses. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army now, but still works full time running his own company. He is always dreaming of what to do next and how to impact the world around him. My Aunt Donna & Uncle Russell have always loved me like their own. They selflessly financially put me through Baylor and cheered me on as I started my own company. Sadly, they both passed away within 9 months of each other and it was a devastating time for my family. I work hard everyday to make them proud and share their love with others.
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