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| p.2 #8 · Why is everyone a wedding photographer these days?? |
Photorph wrote: But to all the full-time wedding photographers who are doing this for a living, does it not make you nervous that the average Joe with another job can become a wedding photographer and basically get to the same point where you are?
Tony Hoffer wrote: Sort of. But as someone who has done both things, I don't think that a part-timer is able to easily offer the same level of service as a full-timer... even if their work is just as good.
I think Tony is absolutely correct. For example, some aspects of client care and feeding -- such as development of a full-range of branded materials -- are things I simply don't have the time to put together, and when I see other photographers who have these things, their value is quite apparent. A full-time photographer devoted to doing everything to differentiate his business can create a client experience that is richer than what I can provide. I work hard to treat my clients very well, to make them feel valued, but I don't have the same bandwidth for the polishing that a full-time photographer does.
Another way this is true is the manner in which constant shooting improves both your photography and also your visibility. I can't be out there shooting every day, or even every week. A full-timer can, and should, because his development moves faster, and the more work you show, the more work you get.