My second year as an alternative wedding photographer
In the past year or so I have photographed weddings all over Europe, from a massive festival wedding with 300 people that lasted three days to a beach wedding with just two guests.
I’ve shot weddings in Ireland, the Netherlands and Central London and had to turn down a wedding in Tuscany (argh!) due to already being booked (thankfully by the loveliest couple ever). I’ve been featured on Rock n Roll Bride, Stylist, One Fab Day and Ooh Mrs James wedding blogs – and soon to be featured in You and Your Wedding magazine (massive happy dance!). I’ve made so many amazing new friends. And I’ve enjoyed every moment (except for turning down Tuscany).
Building the business
In October 2012 I attended The Trained Eye, a wedding photography workshop that inspired me and helped me discover my skills. In the following 12 months I honed those skills, adding travel, street and portrait photography to my repertoire, as well as wedding photography.
Exactly a year later I went to the legendary alternative wedding photographer Emma Case’s workshop and two Photography Farm workshops. They were so helpful to me as an alternative wedding photographer and as a business woman. They helped me realise what I wanted from my business and how to get it (what I want is awesome, lovely couples who drink tea and love cats, and to shoot their amazing, personality-filled weddings. And thanks to those workshops and a liberal sprinkling of hard work, I’m getting exactly that). My work and business has improved so much since these workshops and I’m really excited about it.
Goals for 2014
This year I plan to attend more workshops, as they keep me fresh and excited and full of new ideas. I will also be entering awards (scary!) and trying to get published in as many wedding magazines and blogs as I can. I don’t do things by halves!
Bookings in 2014
I’m also getting very quickly booked solid, which is fantastic. Last December I booked three weddings in the space of 24 hours (exciting!). This week I booked four awesome weddings in the space of 10 minutes (exciting and a little overwhelming!). I have 18 weddings and counting this year and they’re all amazing.
Things are seriously kicking off and from the feedback I’m getting, my couples are booking me as their wedding photographer because I’m The One. Last week one lovely bride-to-be told me she cried when she read my ‘info’ page because I was exactly what she’d been looking for. I can’t tell you how amazing this feels.
As my second year as an alternative wedding photographer gains pace, I’ve decided to quit my day job as a magazine editor and focus on what I really love doing: shooting weddings. I hope my next annual round-up includes accolades and lots of published work, but until then, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy living in the moment and doing what I love.
If you are looking for an alternative weddings photographer who cares about your wedding and loves what she does, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you just want to talk about cats.