CTP wrote in post #13541452
Why is this? Business or personal? I only ask because I am very heavy on weddings and very light on portraits, so I am curious as to your thought process.
Why is what? Why I'm mostly weddings now or why I'd like to transition more to portraits?
I'm mostly weddings because I simply gravitate to it; I get it, I know what to do, I have a feel for the day and all the emotions and that comes through in my images, etc. And there's a natural demand that comes out of the wedding process that offers pretty good money.
I'd like to transition more to portraits because, candidly, weddings are physically hard. I'm 52 which isn't ancient, but I'm not a kid anymore either. My primary motivation for starting a formal wedding photography business was to create a phase-two career that would allow me to retire from my "day job" early; maybe in as little as 4 years.
I did 21 weddings last year and generated all the income I would want from a semi-retirement career. However, as we all know, wedding shoots are long and physical and filled with the pressure of getting "have-to" shots all day long. Yet, the part of the day I enjoy most, portraits, represents maybe 60-90 minutes worth.
While I would have to sell 5-10x as many portrait sessions, I would enjoy it more and it should be less physically demanding for the old man.