Thanks For Visiting Two Lights Photography!
We’re so glad you’ve stopped by. Two Lights is a collaboration between two friends who happen to be photographers: Sheena Ratliff and Lily O’Malley. We’ve both been in business under different names for years (Lensflare, Lily Photography, Paddy & Lily) but decided that “two are better than one” in late 2011. And that really is true of us. We go together like peanut butter and jelly, very different but bringing out something great in the other.
Q: How Did You Meet?
Lily: This is funny. I honestly can’t remember how we met. When I really love a friend I often don’t remember the beginning because it feels like we should have always known each other.
Sheena: Your answers is already sounding better then mine. We met at a guild meeting and I thought Paddy was your brother!lol You were quiet and for along time I heard about this “lily” girl in town and you were a mystery to me.
Q: What is like when you both work together?
Sheena: Photo magic!
She makes up for what I lack. I have total peace and I am really at ease when I know Lily has my back.
Q:Why leave both your businesses behind to collaborate and has it been a challenge to partner up?
Sheena: I can tell you why it’s a great idea, but I can’t really tell you how it all came to be, but I know that God works that way. He lined everything up for both of us to meet and to work together. We didn’t even know what was going on. Totally feel like I have been put on another planet when it all went down. It seemed so unattainable to even have such an amazing person to share this crazy business with and to have it be Lily is super awesome. We weren’t really grasping for anything, but patiently waiting for one another without knowing it. Easiest transition ever. Again, Lily makes up for what I lack! She knows and can do things I cannot. She fills in the blanks. My life has been richer and fuller because of this change.
Lily: Although it was a big decision it was not a hard one at all. We had shot for one another as second shooters a few times, always having such great experiences. We shot a really special wedding together in the Fall of 2011. When we left that I knew we were going to collaborate. If I had thought about it even the day before I think it would shocked me. But after that day, with that seed God had planted to make it happen, it seemed very natural and easy. Partnering has infused a freshness into everything from shooting to accounting that I love. And because we are so different, we can each allow the other to focus on tasks that we are good at. It has been amazing!
Q: Do you shoot every session together?
A. No, we don’t. Beach and family sessions, for example, will almost always be shot by just one of us unless it’s a big group. But on wedding days, you’ll be seeing both of us!
Q: Where’s Paddy?
A: To all you devoted fans of Paddy, he is still a creative force in Two Lights. After being offered a job that he couldn’t refuse in July 2011, he is not actively shooting. He helps design sets and gives creative input. And Paddy will still be involved in our Beloved sessions.
To find out all the great details on how this all came about, please feel free to check out the blog!
Lily was awarded two Accolades of Excellence in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 2011 print competition. Lily has been published on The Beloved Movement blog, and have been featured on the covers of Coastal Christian Magazine, Green Child Magazine, and Southern Child Magazine.
We are professional standing members of the Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and the Northwest Section of Florida Professional Photographers.