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Some awesome posts here guys with alot of experience talking - thanks for it !!!

Im in a similar boat to the OP - still keeping photography as a hobby - but have been asked to do other things alongside my "normal" job (retail atm during Christmas - else Computer repair place atm around university).

For instance ive been asked to do a good friends wedding on December 31st - so i got thrown in the deep end there. Aside from the wedding - ive made a few sales of my landscape work - about $450 profit since last October though.
My photography is a hobby that happens to at times make a little money - but as many a post have said - to do it professionally requires a tonne of time and money to be spent and most people wont make it.

I tend to run the sound system at my church for many different weddings and each time so far there has been a different photographer - and each time i pick their brains when i get a chance.
Some shoot 100% primes, another shot almost everything with a 50mm f1.4, another had mostly L zoom lenses (canon) - everyones style is different but you have to be unique. Most of the photographers that come through church are middle age - except the lady that had all the Primes.

By all the primes i mean all of them and she was mid 20s. Her style is well noted and many local people use her - word of mouth gets you a long way in the industry.

I dont know if that ramble helped at all - but thats some things ive learnt of recent.
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word of mouth is a powerful way of marketing..

the current real estate brokerage i currently work with primarily gets most of the clients by word of mouth. to treat each and every client with the best customer service, and have it linger in their mind, and you get brought up when someone asks them for a recommendation? very very powerful. not only can they tell about their experience with you, the future client already knows how you work and has more confidence. since the start of the brokerage, little to no advertisement has been used to promote the company.

ive seen wedding photographers being 100% prime. a lot use the popular 85mm f/1.2L
 
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the lady i saw......it was like teasing me.
She and second shooter had a 5dc and a 5dII each + that i saw:
70-200L 2.8 IS II, 85 1.2L, 85 1.8, 24L, 35L, 16-35 2.8L, 135L and i think a 50L

It is her income source so it was expected - but still was teasing with me standing there with my 3rd party flash + 550D + 85 1.8......
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I started my production company back in January. I just counted and I have successfully completed 27 jobs this year biggrin.gif all for low/no pay of course. We took the decision to give this business a go as a family. My Wife, 2 year old son and myself all moved in with her parents and rented out our house. We will remain here until the business is doing well enough to support us. I worked for 13 years in Film and TV here in London and decided I want to bring that polish and experience from Soho to the private market. Weddings, corporates, promos. My Wife's friends think we are crazy but I don't care. I know the products are good and we can be a success. Its hard having no money and no privacy or independence. Also my son has no concept of what its like just to live with mum and dad without Grandma and Grandpa being there. We have all made such a sacrifice that failure is simply not an option!
I have just completed what I believe is my best work. I first picked up a canon back in January knowing nothing about photography. Its been a steep learning curve but I am now confident with a DSLR in my hands to shoot video. i haven't delivered the job to the couple yet but as soon as I have I will come back and share with you guys.
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Freelance for 3 years. Also sold some of my work.
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As promised. This job has now been delivered to our client and is ready to be shared. I shot my first DSLR Wedding a year ago!

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As promised. This job has now been delivered to our client and is ready to be shared. I shot my first DSLR Wedding a year ago!

Not bad at all man! A few exposures in there needed a bit of fixing up and I feel overall some contrast wouldn't hurt, but that is really well captured without those few problems. I feel for you, though man -- Those photographers during the ceremony were in all the wrong places at all the wrong times, hey?! Damn 'togs, haha.
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As promised. This job has now been delivered to our client and is ready to be shared. I shot my first DSLR Wedding a year ago!

This is the most excellent thing I've ever seen on the photography board. Beautiful!
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Not bad at all man! A few exposures in there needed a bit of fixing up and I feel overall some contrast wouldn't hurt, but that is really well captured without those few problems. I feel for you, though man -- Those photographers during the ceremony were in all the wrong places at all the wrong times, hey?! Damn 'togs, haha.

An outdoor wedding you are constantly thinking on your feet and adjusting on the fly. DSLRs are incredibly difficult to shoot video anyway so doing it for a wedding where there are no redos is a buzz! The photographer was a friend of the Grooms hence why he was wearing the lairiest red check shirt :facepalm: The way I look at it, its all part of the day. I'm always shooting so if the tog needs to dive in and get his shots then so be it.
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This is the most excellent thing I've ever seen on the photography board. Beautiful!

Thanks for the kind words. The couple were really happy so its a job well done. I have another Wedding I'm about to start editing. This one was shot in Tuscany, Italy! Could be something special smile.gif
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An outdoor wedding you are constantly thinking on your feet and adjusting on the fly. DSLRs are incredibly difficult to shoot video anyway so doing it for a wedding where there are no redos is a buzz! The photographer was a friend of the Grooms hence why he was wearing the lairiest red check shirt :facepalm: The way I look at it, its all part of the day. I'm always shooting so if the tog needs to dive in and get his shots then so be it.

Oh, I know. But nailing exposure is what it's all about. I know first hand how hard Wedding's are to shoot. And whether it's video by DSLR or a Red Camera, if you do it right, you can always nail exposure. I'm friends with one of the world's top 10 wedding videographers -- He shoots primarily with 5DMKII's. And every single frame is perfect. Always. Most Wedding videographers are DSLR these days, too. Some of the best in the world are. Check out the crew at Still Motion, CA -- They are rad. There are even people rocking STOP motion wedding video's now, which would be even harder again, IMHO.

Anyway. Point being, you can always nail exposure. Check out these guys for some inspiration. They are rad,

Still Motion, CA (Videography) -- http://www.youarenotcattle.com/#2180453/winnie-and-jerry

Bayly & Moore (Stop Motion Video) -- http://vimeo.com/31413662
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