Good Afternoon Everybody,
A couple of days ago, I saw a Skribit suggestion come across asking, "Are there too many wedding photographers out there shooting weddings these days?" What a thought provoking question?
I decided to really tackle this question and have been on the phone with industry people, labs, album companies, and photographers for most of the day. My findings and my conclusions could fill several pages of this blog so the plan is to break it into several posts. I really want to get your opinions and create some active feedback in the comment section below.
Today I'm posting some of the more SHOCKING comments I heard in my interviews. What's your reaction - be part of the conversation - it's important!!!
Most thought provoking comments so far:
“The wedding profession is going through its biggest disruption ever!”
"The market is just inundated with new photographers."
"Out of 300 weddings photographed at a very popular wedding venue, only 5-6 photographers showed up more that once!"
"There are mass quantities of mediocre "Crap" out there these days masquerading as wedding photography!"
"Budgets are half what they used to be."
"It's impossible to survive as a wedding photographer only these days!"
"Wedding photography is broke!"
"Male + Over 50 = No work!"
"It's no longer about a photographer's reputation, it's all IMAGE - it's all about being hip and cool."
Kind of a wake-up call for the industry, isn't it? What I read here speaks to the "death-knell" of wedding photography as we've known it. What are your thoughts?
I'm going to pick this up again next week. It looks like "gloom and doom" but I promise a peek at a somewhat silver lining over the next few days. I can't wait to see and hear your thoughts, impressions, and realities as you face this upcoming year. PLEASE POST your comments below.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. I've got a huge project I'm working on over the weekend for one of our best clients and it looks like it's going to be kind of fun to put together.
We need to produce 8 banners 4 ft x8 ft with an Olympic theme for a big Bar Mitzvah I’m photographing next weekend. I'll share with you some of the challenges and results of the project next week.
Everybody have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday, all the pixels willin',