Christy Hosking Photography
Being the other half of the Hooray team, Christy felt a little awkward having to sit down and answer these questions, so it took a little bit of arm twisting, but I finally convinced her!
Now it’s my turn to feel awkward (and slightly biased) as I put this together.
Christy is the owner of Christy Hosking Photography as well as the co-owner of Hooray Weddings. On top of all this she is a wife to Morgs and a Mom to Emet and Dylan Kate.
Christy is one of those people that makes the room brighter just by walking into it, she has a contagious laugh and is able to hype up any party (a party isn’t over until Christy has sung “No Diggity”)
A women of many talents, she is always up to helping others and I always say, if Christy starts talking, you better take out a voice recorder – her creativity just oozes out of her and you want to get ALL her ideas down!
Anyway, that’s enough from me, Christy, take it away!
Hooray: Let’s get started…soooooo tell us about you?
Christy: So this is awkward…I’m Christy, and I own an run Christy Hosking Photography.
I photograph weddings, engagements, families, brands, newborns and anything to do with people really.
Hooray: Tell us a bit more about yourself
Christy: I’m a wife and mom of two incredible little humans.
I studied photography straight after school, and was lucky enough to land my first job with Willem Oets, a man who has been an incredible inspiration to me throughout my career. I started taking on photography clients in 2008 and booked my very first wedding in 2009… over 10 years later, I am still very lucky to be doing something that not only brings me so much joy, but also so much flexibility while I raise my family.
I am always a mom first, my family is so important to me an getting to be there for my kids as they grow is such a privilege. My husband Morgan is probably my biggest support, pushing me to lay my job and spread my wings as a photographer. He has second shot nearly every wedding with me (since 2009) and he is really good…there is always a healthy dose of competition on the wedding day. You don’t even want to know what happens when brides pick his image for their album cover *insert eye roll*
Hooray: How did you get into the wedding industry?
Christy: It’s actually a bit of a funny story. I had been assisting Carmen Roberts on a couple of her weddings testing my wings. Out of the blue one day, I got a call from a girl wanting me to photograph her wedding. At the time, I thought it was a joke my friends were playing, but one very awkward conversation later, (with her assuring me this is not joking and she really is getting married) I photographed my first wedding! The rest as they say is history. I am still forever grateful to Kyle and Natasha for taking the risk and choosing me – I would have been stuck assisting other photographers for ages had they not forced me to shoot their wedding – they gave me the courage to believe in myself and to stand up and be counted. I am also blessed to still call them friends 10 years later.
Hooray:What inspires you?
Christy: Gosh this is a hard one, so much!
Love, human connection, light, dark, laughing…coffee! Im a bit random.
Hooray: Running your own business can be hard, do you have a daily routine?
Christy: Yep and its a crazy one!
Up at 5 (read 5:30 as I snooze my alarm way too much) Then its a mad dash to get ready for the school run – We are out the house by 6:45 an I generally get to the office and settle into work by 8am. My mornings are to shoot/edit/email/etc and then its back to mom time from 12:30-1:30. I am still very lucky that my kids love their afternoon naps so I get a bit more time between 1:30 to 4pm to tie up any loose ends (or you know, have a snooze or meet a mate for coffee) before its back to family time and supper and packing lunch boxes and playing snakes and ladders (current new obsession with the children). If we are lucky the kids are lights out by 6:30/7 and Morgs and I get to spend maybe an hour together before settling down to work again at 8pm (with Netflix on in the background). We try to be in bed by 10…but its often a “OMG it’s 11pm, its time for bed – seriously”
Hooray: Tell us about your ideal wedding client.
Christy: Im pretty chilled hey. But I do love a down-to-earth, easy going couple.
Its also a bonus if you are like, totally head over heels for each other – thats the stuff that gets me all mushy (and then I spend most of my day sobbing behind the camera)
I have been so fortunate over the years to have really made some wonderful friends out of clients – some we still hook up with for a beer every now and then!
Hooray: What do you love most about your job?
Christy: Argh gosh, it’s definitely the wedding day and the human interaction. I am such a people person and I just love getting to document such monumental moments in peoples lives. Something they can show their children and great grandchildren and hopefully, if the technology allows, their great grand children one day.
Im not mad about admin…
Hooray: Can you describe your style?
Christy: I hope that I shoot with heart. I try not to interfere too much and let things happen organically, patiently waiting for those magic moments.
I like to capture moments that are going to make my clients go “wow, this is us, this is our love” and not “yoh but that pose was awks” – Im defo not keen on the posey posey stuff.
Hooray: If there was one thing you could change about the wedding industry, what would it be?
Christy: More industry parties? 😉
Hooray: The mistake you made that has taught you the most valuable lesson?
Christy: Always get everything in writing… and reply to nasty comments on your Facebook wall.
I had a client who updated her invoice days before her wedding to include an album, which due to the time constraint I allowed her to settle the bill once they were back from honeymoon. As you can imagine, after the wedding was done and the album was printed, the bill still wasn’t paid and I was accused of trying to con them out of money – the review is still on my facebook page. It used to be something that brought me so much shame and embarrassment. It wasn’t easy holding my ground in the face of so much ugliness. I was young and naive, I now have measures in place to ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen.
Hooray: If you had to get married (again) what would be the ONE non-negotiable?
Christy: Hands down, champagne tower with bottom-less champagne.
If budget wasn’t an issue, I would also have the Kickstands and Freddy L to come play AND I would get Sadie Bosworth to make me one of her gorgeous dresses and I would get Smiths Bakeshop to make us her amazing carrot cake (Morgans favourite) and get Scott Bain to cook! Man, Kate (Bain) is a lucky woman!!!
Hooray: If you could be anything else in the wedding industry, what would you be and why?
Christy: Gosh…either a baker, or a make up artist or a videographer, or a planner! There are so many incredible people in this industry who bring to life the most amazing creations! I think I fall in love with them more and their passion rubs off on me LOL.
Hooray: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment on the job.
Christy: So this wasn’t at a wedding, but I was photographing in Namibia on a workshop a few years ago. As I bent down to start shooting, I let out quite a dainty fart (if I do say so myself) but it was loud enough for the little French lady right behind me to hear. So I turned around and said in my best french accent “Ah we, pardon!” to which she replied “oh my dear, theese theengs, they happen” Needless to say I ventured off to another dune to hide my shame.
Hooray: Do you have any friends in the industry? Tell us who and how they impact you in this beautiful business.
Christy: There are way too many to mention… I have such a strong group of extremely talented friends on many of the different platforms who are a constant source of encouragement and support – not to mention a healthy dose of competition as we continue to push each other to better ourselves.
I find such solace in the relationships I have made that go beyond the “I need you now so I’m going to be your friend now” relationships. I try to be honest and earnest in all my interactions and always try to encourage and uplift.
Thank you so much for sharing a little peek into your inside life today Christy.
We are sure there are many people out there that can relate to your embarrassing moment!
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