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Rising tide of Wedding Photography
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I am stoked that I had the opportunity to meet a ton of fantastic local photographers this past weekend at two separate events here in Kansas City!! The award-winning Jan and Marco from the recently re-branded PhotoMementos.com were the gracious hosts of one event where I met some great new friends! the very next evening, I got to hang out with a handful of incredibly talented photographer ladies at Black Dog Coffee House for another event that I learned a lot from. I can’t wait to meet with them again! Meeting these wonderful people and then being reminded of the events I have attended in the past, I have been a bit inspired for a kinda long diatribe that I hope you will read and enjoy. If you are a photo client, you have my permission to ignore this post! :-)

As a wedding photographer producing a relatively new breed and style of imagery, I think that it is important to have a network, a local network, of people who shoot similarly to yourself and are treating business similarly to yourself. What?! Be friendly with other wedding photographers?! *gasp* Even share info?! Aren’t we in competition?! For heaven’s sake why, you ask?

Yes, I think we are in competition, but not with each other in the same genre, but rather we are against the currents of the traditional market. We are trying to forge a new path and this is easier done together than stumbling on alone. A wise man once said (and the amazing becker* recently repeated it in a podcast), a rising tide raises all ships. This new breed of wedding photography is fresh and is buckling the very foundational thought process in the arena of what was previously known as wedding photography. Rising above the petty competitive spirit within the old market, this new creative genre is allowing for those of us with like-minded perspectives to gain solid strategic ground as a whole business model. Isn’t that cool?!

What about competition? Aren’t you losing money? No! Each year, wedding photographers (the good ones) get booked quickly. There will always be an influx of surplus clients coming in. That is the nature of the business. For the rest of the year they then have no choice but to turn work down! If these wedding photographers then turn work to others that they trust/admire of a like mind, then the genre continues to grow and develop, and even the newcomers (like me) are able to gain a solid foothold into the new business model. The brides then get the photogrphy style they desire. the photographers grow their businesses and succeed. The new genre gains momentum. Everybody gains.

So, with the base of “enough business for everybody to gain”, why not then have the photographers gain in all other aspects of their business? If those of a like mind are collaborating, then not only are businesses growing, but the individuals involved are growing too! Challenging one another, Critiquing one another, Celebrating one another! Every post on another’s blog….every handy little tip…every piece of advice freely shared… It will all be coming back to yourself!

I look forward to helping my fellow photographers learn and grow…becoming better…and all the while helping me to be better, as well. If you have thoughts or questions to share, please do!

*beckerWhat?! You haven’t heard of him? This guy simply rocks. He (his blog, that is) reads so personally and forthright. I love checking it out daily. He is an astounding photographer, friendly with the lovely Jessica Claire, inventor of the famous shoot sac and whom I shot at the anti-workshop, and becker is also a fanatic (in a good way!) about helping other photographers succeed. Check out his new [b]school for more info. Photographers! Check out his [b] school blog for great tips and trick and subscribe via iTunes to his podcasts!

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Show comments (10 Comments so far. Add your comment!)

  1. Troy

    Amen brotha!

  2. Josh Solar

    Viva La Revolucion!!!!!!

  3. Heather Cole

    I couldn’t have said it better!!!

  4. neal

    What a load of garbage!

    You need to steal, steal, take, never share, and then steal again. That’s the only way you’ll get ahead.

    AAAHHH… Sorry, thought you were talking about musical chairs.

    You are right on point man! Good Job!

  5. Brian - Genxtek

    I need to move down south to KC or your group needs to move up to Des Moines.

    I’ve been pushing this idea around here for a couple years now and it’s like pulling teeth in this town. Everyone is so protective of their niche and getting them together is next to impossible.

    I’ll keep chugging away though and keep trying… eventually it will catch on, or I’ll go insane. LOL

  6. Bruce L. Snell

    Yup, yup, yup! I remember the old school days of traditional photographers and their “secrets” and so I will be the first to say that the new, young blood attitude is so much better. Wedding photography has progessed much further due to everyone helping each other.

    I’m proud to know all my photographer friends.

    -Bruce

  7. Darrin H.

    Totally agree. I’ve been following Becker’s blog for a while and his videos on ITunes are a hoot.
    Networking with fellow photographers in the Wichita area has been quite struggling but I will stick to my plan and ask them all to have lunch with me eventually. I’m all about networking!

    Darrin

  8. ashley parsons

    BAAAHAHAHAHA. Neal cracks me up!! 😉
    so great to meet you, dustin and put your kind face to your name. I appreciate the grace you show to me and all the other peeps in the business – you are truly a great person, and I am honored to be in a network that includes YOU. I have also been lovin the bschool blog, and I couldn’t agree more with the rising tide thing. lunch must happen SOON!!!

  9. KellyT

    I *heart* Becker. He has such an open and giving personality, and I wish more people would take that approach. I’ve been fortunate to have lots of incredibly talented photographers share information and guidance, and I am happy to continue sharing the love. I wish I had more time to get to know other local photographers. It’s too bad you’re so far away!

    Thanks for taking the time to post this. It’s a great read. :)

  10. AmyH

    thanks so much for the post-i love becker and enjoy reading his blog daily. i cant tell you whats going on in the “real” world from day to day….but i can tell you what goes on in “becker world”. :)

    cheers!
    amy

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