Over the past decade, atGeist.com publisher Tom Britt and photographer Brenda Staples have grown together. Staples launched her business in 2004, the same year atGeist.com landed on local newsstands. And by working together, Britt and Staples have both carved out their respective niches and helped each other thrive.
Staples says that atGeist.com has opened many doors for her business simply by connecting her to so many people and businesses. “A large percentage of atGeist.com shoots have turned into new clients for Brenda Staples Photography,” she said.
Staples has photographed dozens of features for Britt and atGeist.com over the years, shooting everything from food to landscapes to people. Many of these shoots stand out in Staples’ memory, but one particular job took her breath away. In April 2010, Staples photographed Luke Andritsch, a 6-year-old at the time who was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his remarkable family.
“The positive energy, love and support that emitted from this home and this large family was absolutely beautiful,” Staples said. “During our shoot, Luke had very recently endured yet another round of treatment, and while you could see he was a little tired, he smiled from ear to ear while posing like his favorite superhero, Spider-Man. There was no doubt that this very sick little boy would be fine in the long run.”
Although she’s thankful for the touching experiences and clients she’s gained by working with atGeist.com, Staples is perhaps most appreciative of what she’s gained in terms of her friendship with Britt; his wife, Jeannie; and the rest of his clan.
“Tom really is like a brother,” Staples said. “Jeannie and I are from small towns out West that are relatively close, so I knew immediately that we would get along. I am looking forward to the new memories we will soon share, as I will be photographing their daughter’s wedding this summer!”