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Kevin Weinstein Photography Studio Open House

Last week's grand opening celebration with wedding industry peeps marked two significant milestones in my career.

In early 2009, I felt itchy and needed a change to my business identity and web site.  Knowing I am a better photographer than graphic/web designer, I decided to hire a talented team of people to do the work for me.  Cococello, Code 72 and Inkwell Marketing started from the ground up and built me an entirely fresh, new identity and voice for my business.

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

No less than a month after we completed the overhaul, I signed a lease on the new studio space in February of 2010.  

The entire 1.5 years leading up to today proved to be the most challenging time of my life, both personally and professionally.  I couldn't let my clients know I was stressed, tired from working 12 to sometimes 20 hour days, 7 days a week, month after month and distracted by my emotions.  It took every ounce of energy to run my business smoothly, and without error, as well as provide stellar art for my clients.     

While the opening of the studio marks the last step in the process, it also is a celebration of my freedom from distractions and my return to focusing on what my business is about: wedding photography.  I might just find working 10 hour days, 6 days a week easier than before this all began.  

I am giddy and excited about moving myself out of my home, and into a space that is mine.  Nearly 25 years ago when I started photographing, I never thought it would be possible to have my own commercial space.   Having spent many years working for 9 newspapers throughout the United States, and moving into wedding photography nearly a decade ago, this has to be one of the most notable times of my life.

I am thrilled my family flew from San francisco and Vegas to celebrate with me.  I don't think I have ever needed them present and by my side like this ever before.  Thank you for being here to witness the most special moments of my life.  

I also need to thank, one last time, the crew involved who built me an incredible business identity and studio.
 
Deb Pang Davis of Cococello for the identity overhaul, fully customized web site and marketing collateral.  Deb is brilliant, an expert and a goddess.

John Knotts of Code72 for his incredible, meticulous coding of my web site.  His brain is not normal.  And that's a good thing.

Lindsay Berger from Inkwell Marketing for the incredible copy on my web site and marketing materials.  Lindsay took a 1-hour phone conversation and created every word on my site as if it were coming from my own mouth.  I still call on her often.

Libby & Patrick Castro from LP/w Design Studios for designing my dream studio furnished with mid-century goodness.  Give these two some cash, and they will spend every dime in the right direction.  Your vision, help and shoulder during every little panic attack is appreciated.  I love you both.

And Brian Poslter and his partner from 360 Interior Design / Build Firm for the incredible buildout of the woodwork in the studio.  If you call these guys the construction crew, you will get an earful.  And if you saw the wood walls in the studio, you will clearly see they are artists with power tools.  

Thank you.  Seriously.  You all did a fantastic job.  You have made me very happy and proud.

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Kevin Weinstein Photography studio grand opening - Chicago wedding photographer

Also, a huge thank you to the following people for making the opening a huge success.

Florist: Scarlet Petal
Sweets: Tipsy Cake
Catering: Cucina Pazza
Photography: Joseph Kang
Video: Poetic Productions
Planning: Ali Phillips
DJ: Toast & Jam

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What they Said... [ 12 ]

Kevin ~

*hugs*

You are too kind… Your professionalism and trust in our abilities was the greatest freedom and gift given during the creative process. The results of that trust and respect created a collaboration and relationship I hope will continue to grow.

It’s so satisfying to hear the pride in your business and commitment to your work, your customers. Your energy is limitless and it pervades every aspect of your brand.

Congratulations!

Aug 03, 2010  /  Deb Pang Davis

It was a phenomenal time!  Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Aug 03, 2010  /  Kenny Nakai

Kevin, the party was a blast and I had so much fun. I LOVE the pictures and can not wait to see more of them. Your studio is gorgeous and can not wait to see all the fun weddings that come out of there for years to come! YAY

Aug 03, 2010  /  Ali Phillips

I was so sad to have had to miss the big opening night! I’m only comforted by the fact that I will make it up there someday soon, and get to enjoy time visiting you and seeing your beautiful space. You inspire me over & over again.

Aug 03, 2010  /  Christine Tremoulet

kevin, i am in tears oh so happy for you. you truly deserve this gorgeous space, and it reflects you SO much! i can’t wait to visit chicago and come see you!

Aug 03, 2010  /  jenny elwick

Kevin, if the photos are but a window to the new space I can only imagine how sharp everything looks in person!  Congratulations on the new space!  I wish you every success!

Aug 03, 2010  /  Jeff Wros

Congratulations! Kevin,
Your new studio looks so gorgeous and sharp.
I love ALL of stuff in the photos.
Wish you every success!

Aug 03, 2010  /  Yoshi Ueda/La-vie Album Director

kevin, thank you for inviting us to celebrate this moment in your career—and your life—with you. you are a complete inspiration, how incredibly dedicated you are to your art, your clients, your fellow vendors. not to mention your endless talent, which your new space beautifully reflects. i had a great time and wish you ALL the best!!!

Aug 03, 2010  /  christina noel

Kevin - Thank you so much for consulting LP/w Design Studios for help with the studio. This was too easy because you have such great taste and an amazing attitude. I love you and love your family. Jill, vino chez nous anytime!

Aug 05, 2010  /  Libby Castro

What an amazing event and no surprise so many people came out to celebrate YOU with you!!! The studio is gorgeous. And thanks for the photo :) My husband likes it.

Aug 09, 2010  /  Hope

Kevin - Congratulations on the new office. It is absolutely beautiful! It is so fun to see where your creativity and your kindness have taken you. Keep up the fantastic work.

Aug 19, 2010  /  Stuart Thurlkill

kevin, thank you for inviting us to celebrate this moment in your career—and your life—with you. you are a complete inspiration, how as incredibly dedicated you are to your art, your clients, your fellow vendors. not to mention your endless talent, which your new space beautifully reflects. i had a great time and wish you ALL the best!!!

Mar 08, 2011  /  wow gold

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