Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight Tiffany and Kevin Torbik, the husband and wife team behind Torbik Photography. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Torbik Photography, now’s your chance! Take it away, Tiffany and Kevin…
Tell us a little about your company? My husband and I take on wedding days as if they are our own big day! We love that fact that we get to work together, and capture the love from our brides and grooms. Kevin hangs out with the guys before the ceremony, and I get to capture the ladies! We work off each other… It really benefits our couples to have both of us around!
When did you establish your business? 2010. We became an OFFICIAL business in 2013. We wanted to test the waters before we took the plunge, and we are so glad were able to see how much we truly love this industry!
What sets you apart from your competition? We are married, so we know the love it takes to keep a marriage alive, which helps us capture those soft and romantic moments between a Bride and Groom. We kind of had a horrible experience with our wedding photographer, so we wanted to make sure we offered the complete opposite to our clients! You get ALL you edited images to print as big or small and share as you would like, which it seems as though that’s not a huge norm in our field of the wedding industry.
Where do you find inspiration? Driving around!! I know it sounds crazy, but there are SO many times that I will be driving to the store, or driving to a friend’s house, and I will see a random field or building that I will remember so I can use it for a session/wedding. We are ALWAYS looking for new places that we haven’t photographed so we can give out clients something fresh vs. always going to the same boring locations.
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? DIY has been up and coming for a little bit, but I think brides are taking it to a WHOLE new level. They are so talented, and pinterest is becoming their BFFs! I think dresses will become more “daring” lower backlines and a tighter fit.
Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients? Tiffany: I’m a fairly new mom to the cutest little boy EVER!! I know, I know everyone thinks their kid is the cutest, BUT I’m telling you, MINE is the cutest! ANYWAYS, we were shooting this gorgeous wedding in Jackson earlier this year, and during the mother/son dance, I ugly cried, not just a little.. BUT A LOT! Not kidding, a guest actually handed me a napkin because it was pretty obvious! I never cry at weddings, but for some reason thinking about one day, my son and I doing that… Just got to me! Hopefully that doesn’t happen again because it was hard to take photos with eyes full of tears!
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? It really wasn’t any words.. I showed her the photos from her wedding, and she instantly cried. I knew in that moment that they meant so much to her and that’s all she could really so to react.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Zocalos! HANDS DOWN! Black Berry Marg is beyond yummy!
What’s your favorite local charity? The Fisher House… they do amazing work for those who protect this country!
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Tiffany: I know it’s not SUPER local, but my husband and I were married in Lake Tahoe, so when we can, we sneak away for the day. It’s so relaxing and calm. Perfect day away after wedding season is over. Kevin: Playing Hockey at the local ice rink.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Tiffany: A good sweet Moscato! Kevin: A pretty STRONG margarita.
Do you have any hidden talents? Tiffany: I can flare my nostrils… WEIRD.. But my hubby thinks it’s funny. Kevin: Making our son laugh uncontrollably to the point that he snorts!
If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? Tiffany: I’ve done EVERYTHING under the sun, BUT being a FULL time stay at home mommy is pretty amazing. Kevin: Criminologist.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? Tiffany: a wedding dress that I REALLY loved… I hated mine, so I wasn’t fully comfortable in it all day… plus I was spilling out of the top part. Kevin: To get married on the beach in the Caribbean.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Tiffany: Take a moment before or after the ceremony by themselves for at least 15 minutes. No family, no photographers… JUST the two of them. It helps them get centered and really feel the moment that is about to happen or just happened. The day can get away from them pretty easy, so it helps so much to have the special moment. Kevin: Listen to advice from family and friends, but always follow your hearts, because in the end it’s your day.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s readers? Do not go with the normal wedding. If you want something to be a part of your day, then do it. Don’t think you have to have something, if you truly do not care for it. The day is a celebration of the two of you, so add in little personal things that people will notice in correlation to the both of you.
Plan, plan, plan! The day of your wedding is going to be CRAZY! People will be asking you where to put flowers, how you want their hair to look… etc… So if you have a key person that you’ve allowed to make choices, it will keep the stress level down. That day should be clam and relaxing, so take advantage of those who want to help!
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