Meet two couples who balance being married and being colleagues.
A mutual love for photography led Mike and Bobbi Sheridan to begin their own photography studio, bobbi+mike. They are full-time professional photographers who offer workshops and software for other professionals, and for those looking to go pro. “We love to photograph people's personalities and the love they have for one another,” says Bobbi, “whether it be a family session, engagement photos, or someone's wedding.” As a married couple, Mike and Bobbi feel very in tune and feel that they’re generally on the same page when it comes to their business and creative direction. What does Bobbi love about working with her husband? “We get to see each other and hang out almost whenever we want!”
“I think we've a book's worth of thoughts on that!” says Bobbi. She emphasizes the importance of checking your ego at the door. When you work in a creative field, it’s crucial to know how to accept and give criticism directly and gracefully. She offers these additional tips:
When Daniel Grunes made his wife a batch of olive oil soap to help her cope with side effects of an autoimmune disorder, Zaida raved about it online. Friends began requesting batches and Daniel began experimenting with essential oil blends. After coming up with a wide variety of popular soaps and body products, Daniel and Zaida launched their own line, Taproot Organics. What’s Daniel’s favorite part of working alongside his wife? “Being able to hang out with my best friend,” he says, “working together on producing a quality product we are extremely passionate about, and building a legacy to pass on to our kids all at the same time.”
“We have found the same issues that one expects to encounter when you have a business partner are amplified when you live and parent with that same person,” Daniel says. He offers these tips:
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