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| p.1 #5 · Why is everyone a wedding photographer these days?? |
That's pretty much how I started out. For my part, I pursued wedding photography because:
1) I want my photographs to be genuinely important to someone else. If I'm not doing work that has significance to someone, it's not valuable to me. By contrast, if it is significant to someone, it's highly rewarding. It is very disappointing to me when clients don't rave, and is very fulfilling when they do. Weddings are among the most important events people experience, so it's naturally attractive to me.
I suspect others respond this way, too: when people come here and say, "My friend begged me to shoot his wedding (who actually begs? almost no one), and I told her she should hire a pro but she insisted," why do they go forward with it? Because they're genuinely honored to do something important for someone close to them. And it's a high compliment. (And they vastly underestimate the risk, but that's another thread.)
2) I find people interesting, and find it rewarding to capture an image that is almost a caricature of the subject -- where people who know the subject blurt out, "wow, that's really Mike's personality."
3) I don't find other kinds of photography -- landscape, animal, macro -- photography that rewarding. It's technically interesting, and I appreciate other's work in these fields to varying degrees, but even when I produce good work with non-human subjects, I don't feel fulfilled.
So, I did my first couple of weddings as an unpaid second, and then did several at a cut rate while refining my approach.
I continue because I still find people photography fulfilling when it's important to someone else, and because I am motivated by the challenge of making the business profitable over a long term. I have a full-time job and don't depend on it for income, but profit is a motive to me at least as much to prove something to myself as to gain income.