Is being a hybrid photographer/videographer required to succeed these days?

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Is being a hybrid photographer/videographer required to succeed these days?

I have seen countless forum threads complaining about how difficult professional wedding photography is these days. Most of them say that current brides low ball prices. The old livable prices have been reduced due to a saturated market, etc.

I was watching a youtube video of an  Australian photographer "David Oastler Images", .He states that he currently does a hybrid style of wedding switching between still photography and video himself.  The video he offers is a  somewhat abbreviated video but he has been extremely successful with is style and his brides don't go to a separate studio for a video. Of course, a lot of photography studio offer both full photography and a second man for full day edited videos,  but the cost is quite high for a lot of couples. He believes that a professional photographer must be able to both photography and video. and that this may be the only way photographers will be able to differentiate themselves.  He feels that the successful photographer of the future will absolutely need to due both photography and video just to stay in business.

Talk about stress, like still photography is not stressful enough!

What do you think about this trend? Is this the futures of wedding photography

Joel

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