Clark+Walker

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

Clark+Walker Studio (C+W) was actually formed as 2 photographers merged. I met my wife, Alisha Clark-Walker, at a conference in Los Angeles (the first ever PartnerCon) and she lived in St Louis, while I lived in NY. We dated long distance for a while, eventually combined forces and got married. A very unusual story we know! Combining forces is sorta the re-occurring theme though. Our studio has expanded from just her and I, to a team of associate photographers and even now features a full cinema studio with 2 teams as well. Our homebase is in the Capital Region of NY (Troy specifically) and our weddings offer a broad range from local weddings to destination weddings in Hawaii, to NYC weddings with Colin Cowie and team & New England!

 

 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

As mentioned above we offer both photographic, as well as cinematic services. We first started offering video about 7 years ago, right as the DSLR film craze was about to begin. We switched to DSLR right away feeling like that was where things were going, and after a couple beginning years the video aspect of C+W has grown to be much larger than we ever anticipated.

 

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

The fact that we aren’t a photo studio that does video, or a video team that offers photography, is a huge selling point to a lot of brides. Doing both services extremely well, under one roof, is a hard task that’s taken us a good many a year to balance. Both businesses almost operate as singular entities as opposed to add-ons. We have some planners that just recommend us for video only, or brides that just want photo only, but in all a major advantage that our studio brings is the ability to satisfy even the most discerning bride with both services. It makes their lives easier, and it’s a blast for us getting to partner with people that have the same vision/approach/style as you.

 

 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

We have a wide ranging list of places that we’ve been for business that we’d considering favorites. Just some in the Northeast would be: The Inns of Aurora, The Sagamore, Hidden Pond, Whiteface Lodge, Equinox Resort, The Mount, and the entire Kennebunkport area.

 

 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

Generally people book about 6-12 months out. I hear people say 1-2 years out, but that’s fairly rare for us. The majority of our bookings happen around 6-9 months in advance, but they start to trickle in around the 12 month mark.

 

 L&L: How do most clients find you?

The vast majority of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals. We don’t even advertise much anymore. I’m certainly not against advertising, it has it’s place, but with a decade in business between the 2 founders and 120+ weddings on an annual basis, we have quite the base for referrals, reputation, and word of mouth. We’ve been fortunate to have some great clients and they like to share their photos, videos, and our name. .

 

 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

This one is easy for me – but might not be as juicy from a business standpoint. We were contracted to shoot a wedding in Hawaii a few years back (our 2nd wedding in Hawaii for the same family) and we decided to fly out our daughter and my parents. We rented a house on the Big Island for us all, and we stayed a week in Paradise. The house was incredible, we had a great trip with our family. And because this was the 2nd wedding in the family we had done (which originally came from a referral of course), it was also like visiting with old friends at the wedding as well. A big huge family affair on all aspects – we were super happy and I think it showed in the work we produced. If only there were more kids in that family…. !

 

 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

http://clarkwalkerstudio.com
studio@clarkwalkerstudio.com
866.559.6437
https://instagram.com/clarkwalkerstudio
https://www.facebook.com/CWStudio

 

Thank you so much Luke from Clark + Walker Studios for sharing what your business is all about.

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