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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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What's My Why?

When you ask a lot of photographers why they do what they do, it’s usually something along the lines of “I love weddings” and “I love love.” These are, in fact, great answers for folks who spend their lives photographing and editing weddings, however these statements are something that feel generic to me when thinking about my own personal “why”. But, WHY, though? Discovering my “why” was not lovey-dovey. To be honest, if you told me in college years ago that’s I’d be starting a wedding business in 2013, I’d probably laugh and think you were crazy.

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Personal, BusinessAmy Ellis
2017 Year in Review

I can say with confidence that my years as a wedding photographer get better and better. The couples I have the honor to work for are always so sweet, and know what's truly important on a wedding day and in a marriage. There were so many unique and memorable moments to this year, it's best to let the images speak for themselves, but here is a list of my favorite parts of my job this year:

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NJ -> PA -> NY Adventures with Sam

As I mentioned in my previous post, Sam and I are in a long distance relationship. We switch off months to visit each other, and February was my turn to head to New Jersey and New York (Bummer, right?). Being up there means I get to tag along to events for his job as a spirits editor, using my camera for a different use: Cocktails. While he tastes, reviews, and interviews, I photograph...and also maybe taste. Ok, I taste a lot.

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