already planning to do that.
already planning to do that.
I'm just a mid end AD photographer. In fact I only shoot a handful of weddings a year, cos I'm more diversified in other areas of photography. So whenever my frens casually envy my lifestyle deeming it as seemingly lucrative or have a lot of free time doing this business; I would simply invite them to quit their full time jobs, come into the market and give it a try doing photography as a full time business (not for months, but for at least a year or two). Welcome to the greener side of the field.
Thx. Looking at some of the websites of wedding photogs and the rate they are charging, tsk...im sure it wun be as tough as the NS obstacle course.
Kuang, a gentleman and his true self is ever so willing to share, his time, experience and knowledge. A mark of a true Class A player.
There are more to art and passion. If itís a business, think like an entrepreneur or a businessman. It helps to understand finance or accounting, but these would not get you very far. Asking very basic questions just meant that you have not done your homework. To be, or not to be?
1) Itís not the money, itís the passion to make it.
2) Do you have a burning desire? Hunger for achievement.
3) Are you stupid enough to even try?
If itís yes, just do it. Your survival instinct will see you thru. But start with a capital to last you a year or two. Itís expensive as a business as itís a hobby. Do not just try, see first, hope, etc. You are doomed to fail.
To be a successful photographer or a successful businessman requires a certain mentality, charging right is the first step. Everything else is secondary.
just1book, no kidding!
And how much you charge will depend on which market you're targeting, and pitching it right from the beginning will save you a lot time, and I mean really know how to turn away people who falls in the wasting-your-time category.
I don't mind sharing this too, if clients requirements deviate too much from my standard terms and conditions, I can either make a decision not to take up the job or make them pay more for it. For example, clients wants exclusivity or want to put in clauses that prevents you from monetizing the images in future (e.g. you can't post, use the images for advertising purposes or competition), then the fees are going to be different. Call me mercenary, but clients who value your work or clients who can see how much you value your work usually don't mind negoitating for that.
The portfolio speaks for themselves. ALl the negotiation is just smoke screen.
dun tink i'll need to quit my day job though.
there is always have one hundred photographers say I can shoot better than so and so, but only handful of them able to put down his works side by side to compete.
I used to talk like that in my younger days, but realize that to stay in business, able to shoot good photos is not the only key factors.
But your challenges, sarcasm and negativity is doing nothing constructive except for stirring up negativity amongst practitioners and non practitioners. Or is this your main intention?