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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · what advice would you give someone just starting in this field? |
The advice that many give you here might sound bitter, but it really is not. Many of the guys have been around in their respective markets for some years now and know exactly what it's like. Unfortunately a lot of newly engaged couples are 22-32 (depending on your area) have different ideas of wedding photography pricing when they get engaged.
The younger they are, the more likely they are to think that it's the camera doing the work, not the photographer. Right off the bat they wouldn't spend much.
I personally had one bride email me for rates and availability, when i told her that my rates started at $3500, she replied that it was too much for her, and their budget was $600-$1000...What was funny is that her signature was the nicely edited local cell carrier which stated the email was sent from their brand new (then) $800 phone. Goes to show you where peoples priorities lay.
In any case, don't let the comments discourage you, making a full time living out of it is hard as **** but then again which business is easy? Especially since you have new wannabe photographers willing to shoot weddings for next to nothing popping up every day (literally). I've been full time since 2009. It can get really stressful but personally I'm used to it now. I try to keep my overhead low to keep costs at bay, specially during the off season, but the major cost (my studio) stays the same year round.
So when someone tells you to have a full time job while doing it, there is some truth to that, but at the same time a certain amount of disservice to full time shooters that depend solely on photography to feed their families. If everyone did it full time i'm pretty sure we would all be making good money because the client wouldn't have an option than to pay the nominal rates of a full timer.
I must admit, while i love what i do, the craft of photography was a lot more enjoyable when it was a hobby.