idkdc wrote in post #17518905
Any of them here on POTN? I'd like to pick them brains a little. At the very least get to know more about the area for curiosity if it's not possible to work long term due to visa issues. Whenever they're not swamped, of course.
There are a couple of members who are active wedding photogs, but like most of us who have moved into the professional realm they are not as active any more.
The wedding market here is big, and a lot of money is spent on the industry. It's got so crowded now that your not only competing with other photogs, but with other services for a share of the budget.
Like anywhere else we have very low, and very high budget weddings, with a full spread in between, and lot of providers catering to all areas. At the low end it is a saturated market, but I think you would find room at the high end if you can present something different.
Marketing, relationship building and establishing a local presence would be hard if your only here 6 months of the year. We are a small country, everyone knows everyone and most business is done by work of mouth. At the wealthy end of the market it's even tougher, we have a large middle class population, and only a small elite wealthy one.
Being here for only half a year would make that relationship building hard. If the wedding planning and sourcing process occurs during winter for a summer event, your going to find it hard to do the meet and greet when competing with a local provider.
There will be ways to get a visa, plenty of international photogs move in and out of NZ for advertising shoots. Since you plan on doing business here you would need to set up New Zealand company, but that is VERY easy to do, even if your based overseas. That would cover you for tax and GST purposes.
The biggest problem would be managing your gear. Being in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, but so are a lot of other things. The cost of getting your bodies and lenses re-calibrated and the orientation changed for each hemisphere every time you move could get very expensive, and it might be easier to invest in two set ups.