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Podcast: Inspiration over Imitation—Developing Your Wedding Photography Style

         

Has your wedding photography gone stale? Do your photos look just like everyone else’s? Perhaps you need to inject a little bit of you into your photography. Kristi Drago-Price knows wedding photography from all the angles—as a shooter, as an editor, and as a speaker and consultant. She joins us for a high-spirited chat, offering core ideas to improve your wedding photography. This episode is not about the latest gear or lighting techniques, but more, “how to get your game on”—how to get the most out of your style and build a client base that will grow with you. Thoughts on pre- and post-wedding communication, popular shooting styles, marketing, “eye-candy,” and getting published in wedding magazines will inspire you as the wedding season approaches. 

Guest: Kristi Drago-Price

To listen to this week’s episode: Listen to or download on SoundCloud, or subscribe to the B&H Photography Podcast on iTunesStitcher; SoundCloud; or via RSS.

 
Photograph by Nakai Photography
 
Photograph by Amy Sims
 
Photograph by Kate McElweed
 
Photograph by Sarma & Co.

Kristi Drago-Price at www.editors-edge.com



 

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Host: Allan Weitz
Producer: John Harris
Engineer: Jason Tables
Executive Producers: Bryan Formhals, Mark Zuppe

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Although I enjoyed this experienced editor's viewpoint on wedding photography, neither she nor Alan did discuss how does one get started in wedding photography?  I've found it is nearly impossible to get started, especially if you are a senior citizen wanting to do it just for the love of photography and videography.  I'm a retired journalist who took up videography eight years ago at the dawn of digital camcorders. I began doing public service news feature events in the California Delta region to get my learning curve and make all the mistakes that everyone makes in trying to get in their Malcom Gladwell 10,000 hours to be a pro. Now I'm do everything from a national award winnng hip-hop dance group to TV commercials and high school reunions for a national client. I feel the journalist's trained eye is a big advantage in documenting any special event.  A wedding is a special event.  Maybe more brides and grooms need to hire someone who hasn't yet got a negative attitude of we don't like to do weddings and has a trained journalist's eye for documenting their special day.  It might even help to have someone like myself that has been happily married for 54 years to inject hope for a lifetime of happiness and success to the bride and groom AND their parents outlook on the occasion, as most parents today enter this experience with great skepticism.

Gene...Thank you for the comment and for listening to the show.  It would seem that you're pretty busy for being retired! :) I woudl think that marketing yourself just as you mentioned in your comment might be a good way to drum up wedding business. Nobody wants a negative attitude, obviously and I personally feel that a journalists/documentarians eye is very in-demand for wedding photography (see link below), but you may be on to something by marketing your own marriage success story into your pitch and even perhaps find a niche in older folks getting married or even second marriages! Obviously those folks (myself included) want photos of their big day but may not want to go all in on the ceremony and accompanying expenses and prefer someone who understands their situation and can provide the "outlook" that you can provide.  Just a thought.  Thank you again for listening. 

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One of the best podcast I've listened to. So many inputs and topics discussed. Part II perhaps? 

Thank you Shem, I totally agree. We think there is a lot more to cover with Kristi and hope we can do a Part II. Thanks for listening!

Would love to!

Alright!  Thanks again Kristi.

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