- 7 years ago
I absolutely love these inspiration boards. I am a photographer based in Longmont Colorado and more than willing to travel. I would love to get some opinions on my photography. I am new to wedding photography and I am trying to build up my portfolio. We all have to start somewhere. I have definitely been doing this for sometime and do have experience with weddings, just concerned because with all of the schooling and equipment and software I have invested in, it’s hard to charge such a small amount for building up a portfolio, and if you charge a small amount, then people think your aren’t worth more, yet asking too much for bridal photos and not having the large portfolio isn’t fair to the bride. I am hoping for some brides to help me with this dilemma and offer their opinions. Thank you! Pamela with Sixes & Sevens Photography
I find your work INCREDIBLE! Your bridal party must thave been thrilled with this shoot. I too am a photographer and it is a catch 22. If you don’t charge enough then you suck…if you charge to much…your a snob! I am a bride also and I would hire you in a moment if I lived in CO. We are getting married in MT and for the life of me cannot find a Photographer we like. How much would you charge to travel to Montana? We are about 10 hours from Denver.
i’m a big fan of inspiration boards too! i really do find them helpful when thinking about/planning my big day! honestly, i think your pictures speak for themselves. they’re terrific! i like your other inspiration board (the one with the pot of coffee) a little bit better than this one because it shows the other magical things about the event (vs. all pictures of the bride & groom). 🙂 i’m also an artist so i completely appreciate your dilemma.
i just finished searching for a photographer. my partner and i ended up going with a friend of ours who offered to give us an amazing deal. she’s a professional photographer with a big portfolio & has been shooting weddings for about 10 years.
i have friends who’ve gotten married recently who’ve hired photography students or young professionals who are building their portfolios and they were incredibly happy with the results. i know that one of most important things for them (when selecting a photographer) were the sample photos/portfolios (even if the photos weren’t wedding photos) to get an idea of the photographer’s aesthetic/style/skill level. so i wouldn’t worry too much about people not thinking you’re worth more. i think they will realize that you are talented & they are getting a deal because you’re starting out.
be transparent with clients — you’re offering them a lower rate so you can build your portfolio. it doesn’t mean you aren’t talented. i think it’s the nature of starting a new business (especially in the arts). you might have to offer lower rates or shoot some pro bono stuff to build your portfolio but you can do it!…..and eventually you’ll be super busy & your equipment/start-up costs will be recovered.
in the meantime, network like crazy — get your work featured on popular wedding blogs (I read those more than I read the big wedding websites like theknot.com, etc.).
just be patient & stay passionate about your art & the rest will work out. 🙂
best of luck!