Yesterday I shot my last wedding
I've been a professional wedding photographer for around 11 years now. Wedding photography has allowed me to live an amazing life and has given me the free time to do other things (like create Fstoppers). Over the past few years I've been shooting less and less weddings.
Wedding photography doesn't excite me the same way that it used to but at the same time I certainly don't hate it. If I could book weddings a month out I would still continue to shoot them but being that I'm working on bigger projects, I hate having to guess what I'll be doing a year from now. Our latest tutorial that we filmed with Elia Locardi took 3 months of straight filming. If Patrick and I had to shoot weddings that project would have never happened. I fear that booking weddings a year or more in advance may potentially limit other opportunities.
Having the ability to turn down work is definitely a luxury but I feel very guilty about it. Wedding photographers are paid extremely well, almost too well for the amount of actual labor it takes. It seems foolish to turn down high paying jobs years in advance. I fear that I won't easily be able to start the business again if I decide to. I fear that I will waste my time over the next year and I may as well have continued to shoot.
I hope I won't waste this time. I hope to start shooting other genres of photography. I'd like to get into wedding videography actually and I think I may be able to book those jobs a few months out rather than 1-2 years. I want to write a book. I want to write and direct a movie. I want bring more physical products to market.
I don't really have any purpose for this post. It's just the thoughts of a photographer who owes almost everything he has to wedding photography but is deciding to take a break anyway. I can't believe I don't have a single wedding on the horizon.