Now seriously..I highly recommend that you charge for your services, but if you have not developed a serious customer list, than this is one way to start.
The way I started.. like I mentioned in an earlier post, shooting the neighbor’s son with his dog and several other area families. But, when I gained some confidence for shooting events, I asked a professional for help, and I asked if I could “tag along”.
Well, it was one of the best times of my life (still is). Yes, I have to work a lot of weekends, but what are you doing on a Saturday night?
I attend $100,000.00 ( yes, $20,000.oo too) weddings at the best country clubs in town, dining with wonderful guests, eating fantastic meals. READ MY LIPS CAREFULLY….
I NEVER ONCE HAVE A DRINK. I have hundreds of potential new customers watching my every move. There is no room for error, never.
Day one Jerry let me take his “axe”( as the camera set up was called), and I did all the shooting. He peridoially checked my settings, to make sure that I was getting it right. He handled the people and the timing. He didn’t care how much money he sold the package for, with his style he knew he would make money later. Remember every single person, couple, family was potental income, don’t be afraid to “interupt, pose, and shoot”.
One of the biggest problems photographers make is trying to be “ARTISTIC”. You have NO time to be artistic…you will develope a beautiful style but….you must!
But quickly,” interupt, pose, and shoot”. All under 10 seconds. Bang your done…money!
Go on to the next subject.
Just get the people shots for heavens sake…and get them sold.
Yes, you must have a vision..overlook the subjects ( I know that sounds hard and so not what you want to hear, i’ll explain that later) and look at the four corners of the finished print in your mind.
We moved fast and furious. Three weddings a day, between the two of us. He had a low starting price and we pumped them out like we were mass producing something great.
(It was a great learning experience).
And we were, we were capturing memories like no other. Believe me Jerry had the tech talent, and eventually I had the posing talent, together we were mass producing memories, on print. Everyone in town wanted us. Eventually, everyone wanted me.
Honestly, my Brides and Grooms felt like famous movie stars, I made them feel special without smoothering them. We all had so much fun.