I began my journey as a landscape, lifestyle and travel photographer, the same way most do. This was partly due to the fact that my subject was laid out in front of me, all I had to do was step outside. There was no pressure and plenty of room for error as I learned right from wrong. Over the next three years I worked hard and put all my energy into learning everything there was to know about this craft.
Knowing that I wanted to pursue photography full-time I began trying to figure out ways that I could earn an income. It was at that point that I decided I wanted to sell my personal work as framed fine art prints. I wanted my prints to be used to decorate the walls of interior spaces. In order to make this happen, my next move was to set up an online print store where customers could buy my work.
While I managed to achieve this, I slowly began to realize that I was trying to sell a luxury product which wasn’t a necessity for people to own. That in itself is tough and something which I then knew was going to take time. Unfortunately, time wasn’t something I had on my side as everyday bills began to roll in.
I continued to chip away at my online store but new I needed another line of work to help stay afloat. It was at that point that I turned to the wedding industry in the hopes of offering a service rather than a product. It was this new field where I developed an unexpected sense of appreciation for working with people. I began to thoroughly enjoy capturing these special moments for couples, knowing they would look back on them for years to come.
I soon came to realize that the wedding industry could offer me just about everything I was hoping to get out of selling prints. So I began applying what I had learned in my first three years as a landscape, lifestyle and travel photographer to my wedding photography and I think the results speak for themselves. Now, not only do I have a steady income coming in which allows me to continue my passion for photography but I also get to work on selling my fine art prints when I am not shooting weddings.
If you would like to get in touch or would like more information, please contact me at Lonely Hunter Weddings.
Photo are by Richard Johnston – all rights reserved.
Guest Photographer Bio
Richard is the owner, creative director and award-winning photographer behind Lonely Hunter. He is one part fine art travel/lifestyle photographer and one part professional wedding photographer.
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