Big Changes- Giveback #1- $500 Wedding Credit

(All with our current favorite cameras. Nova’s is a limited edition vintage variety called the “nutty cam”. It’s in very high demand.)


I have (not) so patiently waited to share this stupendous news with you…

After years of us talking about it, Grant has decided to partner with me and join our photography business. As of today he is officially part of the crew.

This is HUGE news. Our excitement and gratitude at us being able to do this is pretty much through the roof.

Any of you who own your own business know that, whether they like it or not, your family is involved. I do not have a 9-5. I bring my work home with me. My work is at my home. I am my work.

As of now the changes will mostly be internal and things will mostly appear as the always have. We aren’t changing the business name. You can still find us at “Rachel Thurston Photography”. I will still be the one shooting. I will still mainly be the one you hear from via email or the blog. No need to worry, this change will only affect our dear clients in the best of ways.

Those of you we’ve had the privilege of working with the last couple of years might have noticed our growing pains. With the increased, and delightful, demand for my shooting time my days have been shortened and my turnaround times slightly increased. Then I went and had myself a baby…now my days felt less like 24hrs and more like 2. Things needed to change. I needed help. The timing was right. Nova and I batted our eyelashes and made our goodbyes to Dad as he left for his “job” more and more pitiful. Like the sirens we are, he had no choice (actually it was ALL his choice…but for the sake of my story)..he said YES.

This is the most important part…We are only able to do this becuase of all of the people, clients, friends and family who have supported us, trusted us, my photography and helped it thrive. We feel like the most blessed family there ever was. It will be a lot of hard work. It IS a lot of hard work. But we are up for it. We are ready and we are thankful for the patience you have all shown as we have gone through these growing pains..and we want to show our gratitude.

Today through Friday will be:

Giveback Appreciation Week

We will be offering a different Giveback daily, announced here on the blog and on Twitter. They are based around what my clients are asking for, have asked for or if I was looking for a photographer what I would want.

They will only be available for a specific time range, so check in daily to see if any of the givebacks are something you would want to take advantage of.

Let’s start things off with a bang:

Giveback #1

Any new weddings booked in the next week that are taking place between today and April 30th 2012 will receive:

$500 credit to be used towards ANY product.

Albums, album upgrades, prints, engagement inserts, prints to display at your party/reception, upgrading your disc of images, a huge custom canvas print of your mother-in-law’s face. ANY product.

Wedding contract must be signed and in our inbox by midnight PST on Oct 10th (next Monday night).

Shoot us an email for more information and pricing… and send inquiring soon to be newlyweds our way (hint: referral giveback later this week).


This is going to be a great week. Feel free to give Grant a warm hello.


16 thoughts on “Big Changes- Giveback #1- $500 Wedding Credit

  1. Welcome Grant–although I bet you’ve been behind the scenes in the bid-ness for quite some time, I’m sure it feels nice to be more formal. I hope you slept in today…or took a nap…cuz that is what working from home is all about. Right? 😉 😉


  2. Wow, sounds like an awesome plan! Although, I dreamed last night that your “big announcement” was that you had decided to move to Sandy, Utah! Ha ha 🙂 Okay, so now I need to get my daughter’s wedding scheduled before April 30th to get in on this great deal! One tiny issue though; I need to find her a boyfriend first! Dang.


  3. shoot! I thought you were going to announce a move to Utah. Congratulations, this will be so much easier for you I am sure. Good luck with the new job Grant!


  4. Thanks for all the excitement!! Sorry to say if we ever moved it probably wouldn’t be to Utah…although we do love the people there! Grant joining the biz is a million times more exciting than a move. Now we can live and work anywhere we want. YAY!!!


  5. The thing I like most about this is that the ThurstyPorters are great at making you feel like part of their family. Rachel, I love your images, you have a great eye, but from experience I know that one ingredient to your craft is that the camera becomes part of the family. It doesn’t change the lighting or the lenses, but it makes people more themselves.

    I am very excited for both of you. I need to book your entire team for a breakfast, and sitting-on-hammocks shoot next time you are in Utah.


  6. Congratulations. I guessed Grant was going to join the business or you were going to adopt triplets. I’m so happy for you. You’re the unstoppable duo plus one.


  7. this is SO cool! so so so so SO cool! excited for you. and what my guess was. although, i was hoping it was some sorta mentoring/workshop thing. i’ll never give up hope 😉 congrats!!!


  8. I am in love with this guys!!! I have seen G & R in action as a photography team, as many of you have, and you have the most incredible shorthand..a language all your own. What a happy day! This is one of those inspired unions you hear about (kind of like when you guys got married) and you’re just like YES! YES! THAT IS IT!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. xoxo


  9. congratulations! 🙂 what a great opportunity for you two!

    my husband has a construction company and we are working everything out so that i am more involved in it. in the future i would love to only work for us and not another company. it will come.


  10. Congrats you two, but especially to Nova! She’s a lucky, fortunate little chickydee. You and Grant were awesome at our wedding (as a team), and at our engagements! Now next time we hope to hire you guys, it’ll be the 3 of you. I hope by then Nova is taking pictures also. From the short perspective, you know.


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