When you're new in a busy world....
This blog post is about starting out in the wedding photography business. What would we like to do? How would we like to do it? How do we try to grow? When Gabby and I started out on this venture we said we would like to try to do five weddings a year. We both work, we have a little one so this seemed like a nice number. This year we have four bookings and already have three for next year which we are really excited about. The reason I'm writing this is because of a post somebody put on our local Facebook group. There was a request for recommendations for a local wedding photographer for a wedding next year. Three people recommended us on the post which is obviously fantastic and we are very grateful. What struck me, however, is the sheer number of people that were recommended who all live within a few miles of each other. Gabby and I knew it would be tough to get into the business and we are very thankful for the bookings we have. So how do you make a name for yourself in a busy market and how do you grow as a business?
I have become slightly obsessed with a couple of wedding photographers in America. The first is David Iliyn based in Oregon. You can find him on YouTube as David James Visuals. I owe him a huge amount for his generosity of free videos on YouTube talking about how he goes about an engagement shoot, how he edits in lightroom and most recently a multi-part series about editing a wedding from start to finish. He takes great pictures, his wife is his second shooter and he is a natural teacher. The second is Jasmine Star based in California. I have watched several of her classes on Creative Live and read most of her blog on her website. Not only does she talk about how she shoots a wedding but she talks a great deal about growing your business when starting out. She is a little crazy but she is also fantastic and great to listen to. So how do we grow? Well, we learn, we enjoy and most importantly we produce. Word of mouth has to be the most important thing in terms of growth at the start. Hopefully our clients this year will love what we give them and tell their friends and families about us. That is how we would like to grow as a 'business'.
As for the future, well, we will see. Our aim is still five a year with our jobs. Should we get to ten a year then maybe we can both look at part time. Twenty a year? Wow, that's a long time away but you never know ;-)