So listen, I have to tell you something. Wanna know the ins and outs, the passion, the fire that fueled all this?
How the heck do I manage to do both in being a Phoenix Family + Wedding Photographer?
I did weddings years ago and swore I would never look back. I secretly hated them. But hello, that was like 18 years ago?? I didn’t know what I know now. I didn’t have the skills I have now. I didn’t have a wonderful associate photographer teaming up with me. I literally had my husband as my second shooter with the camera. I was so inexperienced then.
It wasn’t until late 2020, I decided I was going to give it another shot at photographing weddings again and marketing them. Seriously, Amanda and Tyler – if you are reading this, you were my first “non-backyard” wedding at the Arizona Grand Resort in December. There were 2 more backyard weddings that I did that year, and in all fairness, it was 2020. I guess I just dropped a bomb on them. However, they had me for their engagement photos and the rest was history. I guess they trusted me, because it went very well.
Since then, I made it a goal in 2021 to just take on one wedding a month. And it truly worked out well, because I think I probably did just that. I think I ended the year with 11 or 12 weddings. So that was right on my goal.
Well, over the year, I realized that my long lost enemy became a HUGE love affair. Weddings became a secret passion that I thought was long gone. Couples, love stories, and weddings! I truly do love them now. And I want to book more! I love telling couples’ love stories. What’s even more cool is photographing a couple during their engagement session, getting to know them, and then showing up to the wedding and hearing everyone else’s stories about them, whether I am sitting at a table for dinner with the guests or hearing it from toasts. It’s amazing and makes my little heart sing a song.
Professional photographer coaches will tell you – only do weddings or only do families. Not both. Find your niche and stick to it. Truth is, I haven’t found my niche. Your niche is supposed to be what you are the best at, what you really get passionate about, and all that. I find myself torn because I get passionate about all of it.
Well, I’m here to tell you – I proved it wrong my first year. I balanced both weddings and family photography great. And I’ve grown in all of it.
And despite the saying, “Find your niche and ONLY stick to that one thing (weddings, babies, families, etc.)”, I realized that what I want is truly this…