Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
PenguinPhotoCo
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Re: Is professional photography dying out?
In reply to Craig, Mar 27, 2013

Interesting. January was so good it alone made my first quarter the best in the 8 years I"ve been in business.

I'll do more business in April than I did the entire first year I was in business. By mid may I will have done more business this year than I did in the first two years in business combined.

Last year I shot more sports kids than ever and my end of may this year I will have shot more than I did all of last year.
My seniors last year were up 50% in head count...down in avg sale though.
I do little commercial work but it's way up this year so far.

As for weddings...yeah, they evaporated here this year - for photographers. DJs are buisy, halls are busy (not as busy as last year though). I did the two bridal shows I always do and have not gotten one single call or inquiry let alone a booking. I had 19 weddings last year - and 4 this year. From my biggest year to my worst...WTF?

For the cost of one 5D3 or a couple of L lenses I can be a DJ. Hmm...I see a change in my business coming soon...I can hire a wedding photog to shoot/edit and I'll just sell the jobs! (I also offer wedding planning (subbd out) and invitations and photobooth.)
Maybe it's time to be a wedding mill! LOL My county doesn't have one...

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