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#1 mule_patterson

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:02 PM

After several months of recent unemployment mixed with an equal number of months of successful graphic design consulting, I am taking some preliminary steps toward marketing myself again in the wedding photography business. I've started by using Google to look up all the "Knoxville wedding phoptographer" links that offer registration as a photog. I have a 4X6 sample book and a dozen 11X17 printouts from a Xerox Docucolor that make a good impression at first meetings (secured my first deposit check at the local Border's with them). Conversation with a local lab that does much of the printing for Ktown wedding photogs rendered some useful things to avoid doing (attitude, attitude, attitude)and a few common sense things to do (service, service, service). Networking with other services is a must it seems so that's the next level of marketing to develop that won't incur cost but add opps to the buyer to receive greater values than spot shopping. A local 'expo' is coming up that offers 5 hours of public contact time for $350 plus my marketing expenses. Thought about actually shooting people there to establish the all-important repoire with potential clientele. That and a plentiful supply of contracts... I love shooting weddings but I don't enjoy the selling process. Does anybody have suggestions that have worked for them? I'm all ears...
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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:59 PM

Back when I was really hungry, I used to hang around outside of churches with a BIG NIKON around my neck. Invariably, someone would approach me and say something like, "My, that's a really big Nikon around your neck." And, generally, I would say, "Yes, it truly is a big Nikon, do you know anyone getting married soon?" In fact, I asked one woman that question, and she said yes. 27 years later, we're still married. So, if you want to shoot weddings, get a BIG NIKON and hang around churches. But, be careful, or you might end up married! DD P.S. That's a really TERRIFIC image of you in the above photo. A real MASTER photographer with a BIG NIKON must have taken that picture. What a picture!
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