Brides Magazine is all about weddings, yet they don’t really seem to like wedding photographers. After they advised the brides not to feed their photographers, now they have another “ingenious” piece of advice. They say you should hire a professional photographer, but they consider pros only those who use Nikon or Canon. And only full frame cameras come into consideration!
I covered an event some months ago over a period of a few days, where as you can imagine, many hundreds of photos were taken. Due to the popularity of this event, (we’ve covered it over a number of years thankfully) I knew the folks that were a part of it were really going to be anxious to see, share, print, etc. After editing, and uploading their photos to the online gallery, they ended up having a really great selection of photos that told the story of their event quite well. All images showed people having a good time, shaking hands, hugging, smiling, laughing, posing for group shots; basically enjoying their evening.
Any photographer that has been doing this for awhile can judge the evening pretty well. Actually, more than that. We can judge the day, the event, the evening, the shoot, whatever it is, we can sum it up and pretty much determine how it’s all going to roll. Once in awhile curve balls are thrown, but if you do it long enough, nothing is really a surprise- and that is a good thing.
The evening was slow, not much was happening. You can only get so many photos of the same people doing various activities, while there are infinite poses and different combinations of people you can pose with, after awhile, you’ve gotten everything. Seriously…everything.
After sending the gallery to the clients, I get a text a few minutes later.
I am writing an open letter to Vicars. Not all Vicars, I hasten to add, but unfortunately it’s becoming such a regular occurrence, that I feel compelled to write to all those that it applies.
You do not have to be religious to understand the depths of human spirit that a Church ceremony invokes. I have been in some ceremonies as a photographer where I have felt the incredible amount of love lift from the congregation, it is almost palpable. In others, the singing and the sermon have genuinely moved me to the point of tears.
What do you get when you have two fun loving and creative wedding photographers that just so happen to be expecting a baby together? Here’s what: a really, really clever pregnancy announcement.
Take, for example, the husband-wife photography team Judy & Gavin Holt , who have just announced to the world they’re expecting a baby by shooting a horror movie trailer and posting it to YouTube.
I feel bad for this wedding photographer, I really do. He was really getting into his job, probably capturing some great shots of the bride and groom and then, all of the sudden, a decorative water fountain jumps behind him out of nowhere and SPLASH, in for an unexpected swim he goes–cameras and all. Hopefully, the photographer was insured and had a spare camera somewhere to finish shooting the event.
With our ongoing look at the wedding photography industry, so far we have looked at “How to Become a Wedding Photographer in 10 Easy Steps” and “Why It Sucks To Be a Mid-Level Wedding Photographer”.
In this article, we are going to look at a wedding photography business model that is actually profitable and a viable career path for photographers – the high end wedding photography market.
Most photographers have been there at some point in their career – wedding photography.
Some of us move on to other things, like commercial photography. Some actually enjoy wedding photography and make a career out of it.
But too many photographers are lured into wedding photography under the illusion of quick money, only to get stuck in the evil clutches of the mid-level wedding photography market forever (or until they give up and find a real job).
Lets be honest here. Wedding photography can be fun with the right clients – but it is always a colossal amount of hard work.
And life as a mid-level wedding photographer sucks.
In this article I am going to share the wedding photography business plan that is followed by the overwhelming majority of wedding photographers on the planet – and why it is not a sustainable way to make a living.