Some people think that there isn't a whole lot that goes into planning events. Don't ever tell a bride or a photographer that. Weddings are the events of a lifetime and every event after that is trying to outdo the last.
As a photographer, I used to do weddings regularly, but I found that I am not the person to do weddings. They take a lot out of me physically and emotionally, as I find I am the photographer and wedding planner and whatever else seems to need to be done (this is what I get for being a good person sometimes).
Weddings are beautiful events full of merriment but only for those who do not know what goes on behind the scenes. From the moment a bride and groom reach out, you become their Special Matter Expert (SME) if they do not have a wedding planner. You know all things wedding because you have been involved in so many.
I never charged enough for this service and I hope you learn from my mistakes. Those photographers that make bank charging for their services during a wedding and thrive on it, I salute you. They are the superheroes of the industry, but for those who are starting photography and wanting to dip their toe into the great big wedding industry, I caution you to really think about is it for you.
Finding your niche in photography is a trial. You have to find what you are good at and what you love to photograph. Ask yourself these questions:
What puts a smile on your face?
Do you like people and being around people?
Do I have a passion for photography?
This will start you out on your journey. Your journey may be short or long, or you may have once loved to do one niche in photography, and as you grew and matured you found it was no longer for you. Do not be afraid to remake yourself as a photographer.
If you ever need someone to listen who has gone through this I am here. feel free to reach out to me via email or social media. I can listen and if you want suggestions I can help guide you to find your new niche.
*All Images are from before my rebrand into Shandylinn DeVita Creative Works.