Is professional photography dying out?

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
GMartin Regular Member • Posts: 227
Re: you DONT know

Dave Luttmann 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!

Actually, I do know many of the top wedding pros in the US.  Many are personal friends.  None that I know have jobs on the side....they are full time photographers.  So yes, some of us DO KNOW.

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..

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..

Well of course there are always going to be the top end of any industry. But if one worries about them when we aren't even in their talent or skill level we'd never be able to sleep. There are only so many "rockstars" in any profession. That doesn't mean though that the profession is dying to everyone else.Find your market and make the most of it. If you can't do that, then find another profession. There are still tons of photographers who make a living from their work. It may not be a high end living, but who really does that except for the top percentage of people in any profession across America.

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