Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
GMartin
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Re: you DONT know
In reply to Craig, Mar 31, 2013

Craig wrote:

PenguinPhotoCo wrote:

You don't know anything but what they tell you. And they're likely lying. OK, putting 'spin' on it then.

I had a friend that ran one of those MLM outifts (think mary kay, miche bags, etc). She was doing well, but it was seasonal, and like any business you have your good days and your bad days.

When asked 'Hows business?' her stock response was 'unbelievable!' said with enthusiasm.  She told me that could me unbelivieably good - or unbelievabely bad.

It's like when photogs say "i've booked all I want to book" it usually a lie.

Or on pawn stars when someone says "i wanted more!" but if they sold it they really did get what they wanted - or they'd have turned it down.

I have all the weddings I want (for september, at that price point, at that venue...)

Every story has a happy ending - if you stop in the right place!

Craig wrote:

GMartin wrote:

Craig wrote:

Here is what I am talking about the upper end is busy.

these people are all booked up, look at their prices..

http://www.snapri.com/#/pricing-wedding/

I know several of these "high end" wedding photographers. They have

regular full time jobs and do the weddings on the side. They may shoot 1 or 2

weddings every couple of months. If they had to depend on their weddings to

survive they couldn't.

I know that they are all booked up! They have a huge business.

They did it right, had connections and know how to market and are good, not great..

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I hope they are not lying.. If so then I guess that's the prerequisite for having a successful business in this world of massive lying.

I don't think they are. My point being that the higher end, where people still have gobs of money and think that if they don't spend a lot for photography then the people who charge much less are obviously not worth it.  I was told that by a wedding coordinator.

I guess I will not make it since I don't lie and cant stand putting on an air like a phony.

You hit it right on the head. People with money don't care how much they spend. They have to put on airs to their family and friends and SHOW them how rich they are by buying the most expensive products and services. They DO look down at lower priced businesses. As far as photography goes, in the past, I dealt in upper crust weddings. What they got was exactly what I gave to my lower end clients in terms of style and content. The only difference was that they got a larger package with better albums and products. But the base coverage was the same in terms of how I shot the wedding. But to get those upper end weddings, one has to be connected with planners and venues. And those are hard to come by as they are usually already working with regular vendors and don't like to add new vendors unless they get to know you on a personal level.

Once again it comes back to being connected.

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