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An Idea Comes to Life
T&R Stock first sprung to life because we (Tifany & Rebecca. Get it?) were exhausted. We were tired of trying to keep up with the constant changes that social media was throwing at us while we worked our butts off to make each of our small businesses, Gourmet Invitations and Rebecca Marie Photography succeed. We knew everything that was needed to stay on top of the game, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day to make it happen. And there was never going to be enough time in the day.
Pretty Photos for YOU and ME!
On one of Tifany’s trips to Chicago for Rebecca to photograph her work, it dawned on us both… The photos we were spending days to create for Tifany’s Instagram, could easily be modified to help someone else. With that, T&R Stock was born. And while these images are definitely fantastic for social media use, we’re excited to have made sure that each set of styling also has options that will apply (and proportionally fit!) to website header photos, blog post images, or any other number of needs any small business needs fantastic photography for. Just be sure you still have an actual photo of yourself on your bio page. Otherwise, Rebecca will talk your ear off about the importance of it!
We Know YOU Because We are YOU
The beauty of continuing with both of our independent businesses while we launch T&R is that you can rest confidently knowing we get it. We are actively fighting the good fight that you are every day. We are scrolling through our friendors’ (vendors and colleagues that are friends) feeds feeling that comparison monster creep his ugly feelings into our thoughts. We get it. And we are here to help. While we love to dream that year round busy entrepreneurs could be able to guard their time with loved ones as fiercely as we do at the holidays, the reality is, the holidays really and truly are the one time each year we give ourselves permission to put up the “out of office” for no other reason than to bake cookies with grandma.
Seasonal Photos for Every Need
For our launch, we specifically curated an amazing set of images that will coordinate seamless from Thanksgiving through to Christmas so that all us small businesses can schedule out that Instagram post about your favorite cookie recipe and not actually keep your family from eating said cookies because you have to photograph them. I mean, envision this with me for a second (it shouldn’t be very hard, because I guarantee you we’ve all been there): You’ve just had an amazing day with your family. Everyone is to the point where the food coma has set in and are lounging on their couches. So naturally, you pick up your phone for the first time all day (because you’ve been paying awesome attention to your loved ones rather than social media) and start scrolling through Instagram.
No More Insta-Guilt
And that’s when the guilt and fear set in… Everyone else managed to take the most perfect photo of their perfectly iced sugar cookies and in the process wish all of their clients happy holidays. Crap. You forgot to post something on social media to show your clients your own family traditions. Oh my gosh! Everyone thinks I’m a grinch now!! Did Thanksgiving even happen? Will people think I don’t care?! Sound familiar?
Put T&R on Your Team
By now, you probably realize that we started this new crazy ride called T&R Stock because we firmly believe the only way to this elusive work/life balance goal is to work as a team. We know that the resources we already have and continue to compile are going to be game changers when it comes to helping small businesses like yours not only grow, but also ward off that ridiculously miserable social media comparison feeling.
We believe in community, because supporting each other is the only way for us all to thrive and live our lives to the fullest. This belief is what started T&R after all. We believe time spent well is paramount. Outsourcing work is a crucial part of growing a business while keeping a life.
And last but not least, as a wise high school English teacher once told Rebecca, “Educate Thyself.” We believe you can never stop learning (and we love sharing what we learn!). Because while first and foremost, we will always provide you with beautifully curated photography for your own business, there is also just too much for us all to keep up with to not help each other out however we can.