My husband and I craved some sun and sand for our honeymoon. We wanted to go on an adventure together, to come back with an awesome experience and not go on a “standard" honeymoon. We were able to settle on Cuba.
The turquoise waters of the Bahamas, the dramatic Rocky Mountains, the vistas of Iceland- endless romantic images pop into our minds when we think of destination weddings. And that is why, almost every wedding photographer at some point wants to give them a go.
So we’re going to tell you how to find them, book them, and prep for them.
The formula is simple.
clients you love + photography you are excited about + doing it your way = happy photographer
We think a shift should be made in photography. A happiness shift. You likely got into photography because you love taking photographs. And then the reality of making a living at it started to creep in, and you became bound to jobs you didn’t really want to do, because you needed the money. We’ve been there, and yep, it stinks.
Doesn’t the life of a photographer sound so fabulous? Someone pays me a few hundred bucks to take a few pictures in a dream location and I just get to edit them in an afternoon and Netflix the rest of my day away.
If only that were the reality!
Thinking back to the beginning of my photography career, I was a little haphazard. I would figure something out in relationship to my business, which would cause me to stumble into something else that needed to be done.
“These photos, this box… My grandchildren will pull these out of the closet one day and say ‘THAT was my grandma!’ Thank you so much for this, Nichole. This will truly become a real family heirloom.” ~ K
During my childhood, there was this one spot in our dining room china cabinet that was always full of photos. There were literally bags full of floppy 4x6’s. When I was bored or wanting to reminisce, I would go there and search through them, trying to dig up memories that I had already forgotten from my first ten years of this life.
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I’ve been a photographer for 20+ years and have fine-tuned my sales process to include only the essentials. As artists, it can be difficult to be organized and create the tools we need to succeed and thrive. However, if we want to run a sustainable business, we need to sell products. Lots of products. And, we need to make the buying process easy and enjoyable.