I have built Henry Paul Photography on the foundation of 6 core values that guide how my business operates. These values are not only what make me who I am in this world, but they help me hold the business to a high standard. I believe that by clearly stating my values, potential clients will be able to make a better judgement about whether I am a good fit for them.
Value 1: Justice
I am committed to being a photographer that is guided by my passion for justice. To me, justice is generosity. It is advocacy. It is living for someone other than yourself – kinda like marriage.
From a young age, my parents taught me the importance of empathy and compassion. My whole life they opened our home up to some of the most vulnerable people, giving them the headstart they needed to thrive in a society that was working against them.
I am passionate about climate justice, deconstructing colonialism, and queer visibility. As a queer person myself, I have seen how hard people have fought for the right to marry the person they love most. It is the greatest privilege to watch and document these lives joining together, and it would an honour to do the same for you.
Value 2: Impact
Being a business owner, I aim to build a brand that can impact people through what I do. Wedding photos have a unique way of affecting how people feel. The right photo taken at the right time can evoke an emotion that sticks with people long after the hype of the wedding day. I love how my photos can have this impact, and that people contact me years after their wedding to tell me how much their photos still mean to them. It confirms to me that photos of the people we love only increase in value as time goes on.
Value 3: Relationships
People have always been at the centre of why I do what I do. Humans are social creatures, and I recognise within myself a deep desire to know and be known by people. One of the biggest privileges I’ve had as a wedding photographer is the opportunity to meet so many incredible couples from all walks of life, and develop a deep, trusting relationship that results in some of the most intimate moments I have ever witnessed.
Value 4: Growth
My hope is to never stop learning and listening. I want to be a better ally tomorrow. I want to be a better photographer tomorrow. I want to be a business owner tomorrow.
Value 5: Adventure
I have a motto – “always say yes to adventure.” This keeps life interesting, unpredictable and fun. If you’re getting married on the side of a cliff or flying to the Top End for an elopement, then I am totally up for it.
Value 6: Wellbeing
I’ve lived with anxiety for the majority of my adult life, and recognise how much of a role it plays in how people think and act. After 8 years as a wedding photographer, I have perfected the art of keeping things stress-free for my clients with systems and processes that walk them through every step of the wedding planning journey.
For some side reading, click here to find out about the arts mental health charity I co-founded in 2018.
My business is deeply connected to my values, and orient every decision I make. These values help me hold Henry Paul Photography to a high standard and ultimately give clients a clear idea of whether or not I’m a good fit for them. I love how wedding photography has given me an outlet to live out my values in a meaningful way and share my worldview with other beautiful humans.