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Thread started 07 Nov 2012 (Wednesday) 12:24
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Wedding photography is my sole source of income.
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I have a day job for my primary source of income, but wedding photography is my 2nd job.
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I 2nd shoot weddings, or don't make any real money off of it...yet.
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I don't shoot any weddings, I'm here to learn!
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Nov 07, 2012 12:24 |  #1

Just curious how many of us in here are putting food on the table via (wedding) photography.


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Nov 07, 2012 12:28 |  #2

ps ; i voted. i work 40 hours in a technology / real estate industry, then shoot weddings on the weekends. My photography work though has boosted my yearly pay by roughly 35% though!


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Nov 07, 2012 12:31 |  #3

Photography is our only source of income. Weddings are a huge part, but shooting other events and portraits add in a nice chunk.


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Nov 07, 2012 12:38 |  #4

I'm also in the tech industry. Similar percentage as Dan.




  
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Nov 07, 2012 12:40 |  #5

awad wrote in post #15218461 (external link)
Photography is our only source of income. Weddings are a huge part, but shooting other events and portraits add in a nice chunk.



love your site and your work ~ cheers


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Nov 07, 2012 18:04 |  #6

Full time photographer. However I recently retired after spending 30+ years in the television and video business. My kids are grown, my house is paid for and I have no other debt. I'm quite happy with what I'm making as a photographer. My income only dropped about 20% from what I was earning, working five days a week for someone else, but my happiness increased by 100%.


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Nov 07, 2012 18:11 |  #7

I'm full time, though at a growth stage (is there any other stage ?) and at the relative beginning of my career.



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Nov 07, 2012 18:48 |  #8

Full time shooting weddings.


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Nov 07, 2012 21:23 |  #9

Weddings are my primary source of income, but it's not my sole source. I also do portraits, events, and some commercial photography, and have another part time job that brings in some cash for me as well.


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Nov 07, 2012 22:33 |  #10

I chose that weddings are my sole source of photography, but I do a significant amount in corporate photography as well. My wife is a full time editor for my business. What I shoot is 100% of our income, but it isn't just weddings.


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Nov 08, 2012 08:11 |  #11

I hate to say this as it sounds like a boast which is not how I intend it, but I make a VERY good living at my day job. As much as this little photography business that I run on the side has been successful and it probably could support me, it will never replace what I get in the way of salary and benefits from that ol' day job which I do not enjoy nearly as much.


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Nov 08, 2012 08:17 |  #12

jcolman wrote in post #15219755 (external link)
Full time photographer. However I recently retired after spending 30+ years in the television and video business. My kids are grown, my house is paid for and I have no other debt. I'm quite happy with what I'm making as a photographer. My income only dropped about 20% from what I was earning, working five days a week for someone else, but my happiness increased by 100%.


^^^^^^^^^ Ditto ^^^^^^^^^^ except i was 20 plus year in the automotive business with a 10 yr hiatus in law enforcement.......Love what we do. Im retired with a good income and we have this business going in the right direction. Trying to get my wife to retire early so the business is going to replace her income. She make has a great income (100k plus) and the business is at 60% of her current level. She is almost set....retirement kind of sucks if you are an extreme type A, which i am. So this gives me a great creative outlet plus we get to travel to some cool spots for vacations. I love the challenges of lighting and posing and i love being around families on these very important family events so this is perfect for me.


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Nov 08, 2012 08:23 |  #13

jcolman wrote in post #15219755 (external link)
Full time photographer. However I recently retired after spending 30+ years in the television and video business. My kids are grown, my house is paid for and I have no other debt. I'm quite happy with what I'm making as a photographer. My income only dropped about 20% from what I was earning, working five days a week for someone else, but my happiness increased by 100%.

that's awesome...ps your work shows it, i love seeing your stuff (that's my subtle hint to post more)


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Nov 08, 2012 11:49 |  #14

me, i'm a full time underpaid architect by day, wedding photographer by night and weekend.
i don't like the term part-time though because I think I work two full time jobs most of the year (thankfully slows down in the winter) at least that has been the case for a couple/few years now. will probably slow down my wedding photography next season as i'm expecting my first child to be born in the spring, and well, i work too much now.


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Nov 08, 2012 12:21 |  #15

hey mitch ~ Congrats on the new born! I hear ya on the 'dual full time jobs'. I often think I spend more time on the wedding biz stuff than i do my dayjob. I'm not sure what that means that i'm working twice as hard for half the pay, but i'm sure it means something!


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