Real Talk: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Photography Business

Wedding photography is a highly concentrated industry these days, and it’s not surprising because it’s a career path with incredible benefits and experiences if done the right way. You are literally attending a happy party every weekend and freezing the best parts of it in time, you hike mountains and watch sunsets and become friends with your couples, you get to eat amazing CAKE almost every Saturday night, and you get to be creative. Can it get better than that? I saw wedding photography as a must, like many other folks I know. However, it took quite a few years to eventually reach the full time business goal and a whole lot of energy. It was all because I was clueless as to what it means to run a photo business. Here are some things I wish I knew when I first started photography.

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Rose + Drew's Wedding | Monroe, NC

ended my 2017 wedding season on December 30th, and it was a lovely way to conclude a great year. I first met Rose at Amelie's and had a great talk with her about Drew and their vision for their wedding. Their priorities were God and family, and it would take place in their church, officiated by Drew's father. It sounded simple and perfect, but Rose wasn't finished! When Rose's ideas came to life, my mouth dropped. Everything was DIY from the flower crowns to the string lights and Christmas wreaths hanging 30 feet above the dance floor. Her and her loved ones' hard work turned a gym into a high end wedding venue. They were blessed with not only a day that was picture perfect, but one that was filled with sweet and meaningful moments...

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Elli + Joshua | In-Home Session in Charlotte, NC

Elli has been my friend since I decided to jump into the wedding industry. We started around the same time and were able to grow together. In such a talented and concentrated field, it's wonderful to have a partner to grow with. We've shot many weddings together and it makes me so sad that with our busy wedding schedules we're shooting side by side a lot less these days. BUT it was an awesome experience to turn the camera around on her and her dude, Joshua, to celebrate buying their first house. I love the quirky details and the neutral but warm feel of their kitchen and living room, oh and also the fact that, you know, they're crazy about each other.

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