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Does anyone actually make a decent living from this?

 
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Jun 05, 2011 23:25 |  #31

I would imagine it depends on where the wedding photographer is and what type of clientele he/she is marketing. If your in an affluent area and market people who have a ton of disposable income, you could make a very desirable income doing what you love. Many, many years ago I took a turn at doing custom family & baby portraits. I made some fairly decent money. Unfortunately, I had a rough time cleaning pablum puke out of my Bronica etrs ... I totally did not enjoy that mode of income. I did on the other hand meet a lot of horny milfs.


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H204NYC wrote in post #12543027 (external link)
I would imagine it depends on where the wedding photographer is and what type of clientele he/she is marketing. If your in an affluent area and market people who have a ton of disposable income, you could make a very desirable income doing what you love. Many, many years ago I took a turn at doing custom family & baby portraits. I made some fairly decent money. Unfortunately, I had a rough time cleaning pablum puke out of my Bronica etrs ... I totally did not enjoy that mode of income. I did on the other hand meet a lot of horny milfs.

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Jun 05, 2011 23:31 as a reply to  @ The Framed Life's post |  #33

I shoot advertising and commercial work and make a very decent living.




  
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Jun 05, 2011 23:39 |  #34

You are fortunate airfrogusmc, corporate work pay's well. Advertising is a great business to be in. When the economy is bad people advertise, when the economy is good .. Well I would imagine, even more businesses advertise.


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I'm going to school for graphic communications which is essentially graphic application in advertising, hopefully I can make the two work together.


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Jun 05, 2011 23:54 |  #36

Technology for the advancement of creativity. Good luck with your future endeavors, I wish you good health and prosperity.


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Jun 06, 2011 08:37 |  #37

Let's stay on topic folks. The topic is, remember, photographers' income.


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Jun 08, 2011 01:27 |  #38

I agree with "mod" post...a lot of wedding photographers in here I see...what about the commercial/advertising shooters???

are you out there?

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Jun 08, 2011 01:57 |  #39

The Framed Life wrote in post #12543049 (external link)
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Jun 08, 2011 09:26 |  #40

ronosmena wrote in post #12556121 (external link)
I agree with "mod" post...a lot of wedding photographers in here I see...what about the commercial/advertising shooters???

are you out there?

:-)

Well I did say that I don't do Weddings and Portraits...


  
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Jun 08, 2011 14:05 |  #42

ronosmena wrote in post #12556121 (external link)
I agree with "mod" post...a lot of wedding photographers in here I see...what about the commercial/advertising shooters???

are you out there?

:-)

Not many post on POTN. I am one of the few but there are a few others. No weddings or family portraits here either.

Its going to just keep getting harder and harder to support a family doing the type of work that is easy to get into like medium to low end weddings and any field that the herd can enter into easily and that has a client base that price is the main deciding factor. Its always been tough in those areas to make a full time living but because of the influx of folks willing to work for free or almost free and the shear numbers of them flooding the market, its not going to get any easier. My opinion you need t obe positioned where the herd is not your competition and your clients are not just looking at the bottom line.




  
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Jun 08, 2011 16:17 |  #43

ronosmena wrote in post #12556121 (external link)
I agree with "mod" post...a lot of wedding photographers in here I see...what about the commercial/advertising shooters???

are you out there?

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It's because anyone can be a wedding photographer. Breaking into commercial markets is much harder than hanging out a shingle and shooting sub-$1k weddings. There are only a very small amount of properly paid wedding photogs active here, 1 or 2 probably. Same goes for commercial shooters.


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Jun 08, 2011 16:41 |  #44

I think it has to do with the type of photography you're interested in. For me, its landscapes and I have a feeling there are very few who make a living from this type of photography.

I have a day job that takes up 50-60 hrs a week so I don't put in nearly the time I could into photography if it were my full time job. But, I still probably put in 5 hours a week tweaking my site, researching techniques, and answering customer questions - not even including actually shooting or post processing which accounts for about another 10 hrs.

So, by putting in 15 hrs a week on top of my 60 hr weeks at the office, you know how much I sell? About enough to maintain my website hosting/domain and buy me a new lens or upgrade a current one every 6-12 months.

I would starve to death if I went pro, but having increasingly better gear paid for by my hobby is worth it because I enjoy all of it. If I were trying to pay for food instead of new gear, it might take some of the fun out of it for me.


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Jun 08, 2011 16:46 |  #45

mikekelley wrote in post #12559444 (external link)
It's because anyone can be a wedding photographer. There are only a very small amount of properly paid wedding photogs active here, 1 or 2 probably.

really, in this whole forum? I'm well above sub par pricing and do this full time myself.


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