Archetype Studio Inc.
We at Trillo & Son love to be inspired. Inspiration comes from all sorts of places, people, and walks of life. It is for this reason that we will be featuring artists in an on going series of posts through out the year. People that have put their trust in us and are artists, image creators, and inspire us to continue to create items of the highest quality.
To kick this off we would love to introduce Archetype Studio Inc.
International wedding photographers, Koby and Elizabeth Brown, live in a happy little place on a barrier island off the coast of Texas. Together they planned, sacrificed for and ultimately built a business that takes them around the world to capture their client’s stories. The Brown’s photography has been featured globally in publications; including the cover of People Magazine, and editorials in Cosmo, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, The Knot, and the New York Times to name a few. With all of this hardware behind them they also have a passion for what they do and educate other photographers around the world teaching workshops most recently in France. It is an honor to interview Koby and Elizabeth...
What is your name and studio?
Koby Brown – Archetype Studio
How long have you been in business?
Elizabeth and I ran separate companies until we formed Archetype together in the fall of 2011.
How long have you been a photographer?
I began photography as a studio apprentice at the age of 12.
Tell us about yourself?
Let’s see… a little about us… I met Elizabeth during our senior year in high school, fell in love and were married after graduating Texas A&M (whoop!).
(T&S) I won't hold that against you...I went to Texas Tech (Go Red Raiders)...please continue...
After college, I began working as a software engineer. When I needed to escape the office, I would leave with a camera and drive around until I found something interesting to shoot. It was a great escape. I still have some of those prints hanging on our walls.
During that same period, Elizabeth had taken up photography and began shooting families and weddings. After a few years, we had a serious discussion about our dreams and goals, and decided that we wanted to work together; to build a business together. Things really started to click for us when we discovered we both wanted the same thing out of life... And more importantly, that standing together, we were willing to take the risk to reach for it.
What is it like to work as a husband and wife team?
Truly, It's been better than either of us were expecting. We work well together...most of the time! We're both fiercely competitive, and driven, but we like the same things and we like being together. In addition to being a stellar photographer, Elizabeth is also the heart of the business. She handles communications, contracts, ongoing bride management, image editing, and order fulfillment. Without her, there wouldn't be a business!
What type of photography do you do?
Our focus is intimate destination weddings and boudoir photography.
What is your preferred style?
I love natural-light editorial-style images. Capturing a spontaneous moment is more appealing to me than the whole other art of carefully crafting an image in studio.
What’s in your bag?
What would you never leave home without?
Beef jerkey and cashews. Safety pins and a cigar cutter. An extra pair of pants. I’ve ripped off two pair during past weddings! That’s also where those safety pins can be helpful.
What/Who inspires you?
The works of the old masters, sculptors, and architects. We love to visit museums.
What is your favorite food?
Tex-Mex and anything else served with chips and salsa.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
I would want to be able to control the weather.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Do you have an idol or someone who you look up to?
I’ve admired Gregory Heisler’s work for a long time.
What is something you would tell your younger self?
Your plans will not work out, but that’s ok; you couldn’t have planned this anyway.
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain de Botton
Do you have a favorite image? If so can you tell us the story behind it?
That’s easy…Kelly in the library window. What I remember most about this shot is how nervous I was. This was the first time I had photographed her, and I was kind of freaking out a bit. However, she was awesome, and made my job easy. The photo makes me happy every time I see it.
Books or films?
Both, but it’s best to read the book first.
The Essays – Francis Bacon
What tips would you give current professionals and some who is just getting started?
Rent lenses and equipment before purchasing to make sure the gear suits you and your style before making a big investment.
Where can people find you?
When I’m not out on a job, I’m on the island, riding bikes, hanging out with my kids on the beach, soaking in some sunshine
Where can people stalk your work?
What straps do you use? and why?
We have been using Trillo & Sons’ camera straps for a couple of years now and love them. I had been hunting a camera strap with inverted carry on a sliding strap specifically in leather for quite some time when I found the Bresson strap – it fit the bill exactly and it looks great with a suit! The Bresson is the most comfortable and usable camera strap design that we have found. We recommend it to all of our colleagues. We get compliments on our straps every time we wear them.
Thank you Koby for taking the time! We are honored to be part of your bag and keep the great work coming.
Check out more of Archetype Studio work in the images below!!!
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