Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Mike Malone, founder of Livestock Framing. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m originally from Oregon, but I moved to NYC after graduating college to pursue a career on Wall Street. I actually enjoyed the experience very much, but over time the urge to try something more entrepreneurial grew stronger. So after 15 years I decided to pull the plug and moved back to Portland to start a company.  A few fits and starts later, Livestock Framing was born. Simply, Livestock is a platform where people can upload their digital photos, and I’ll professionally print, frame and ship them directly to my customers’ door.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into the business?

Serendipity. I helped a friend in NYC get an art gallery off the ground, which gave me my first real exposure to the world of fine art. Around the same time, digital cameras were becoming much more powerful – particularly on smart phones – so I began thinking of ways to give everyone access to the same quality printing and framing as artists. Over time, Livestock grew out of this.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

I like the challenge. Each day is different and obstacles are many, so there’s rarely a dull moment.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?

Put a good team together. It’s impossible for an entrepreneur to do everything on their own, so it’s important to surround yourself with good people that you trust. It will not only spare you many sleepless nights, it will also save you a lot of money in the long run.

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Since moving back west I’ve been getting myself outdoors a lot more, skiing in the winter and surfing in the summer. I also have a dog who seems to have made it his mission to monopolize as much of my time as possible.

Any great stories from working with a client?

I’ve worked with countless new brides to print and frame photos from their wedding, and it’s always great to learn how happy they are with everything. It’s a big day, and a lot of work went into it, so it’s important to me that the memories I’m responsible for are representative of the occasion.

What makes you different from others in your field?

Quality. Portland is very much an artisan and craftsman culture, and I’m endlessly amazed at the care my team takes with each and every framed print.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

It seems there’s added emphasis on couples incorporating more personal – and also fun – elements into their wedding, which I’m very much in favor of. After all, it’s their day.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?

At risk of sounding trite, I’d say that couples should do their best to enjoy the moment. It will pass, so make the most of it.

Thanks Mike! For more information about Livestock Framing, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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