I'm a busy freelance wedding and headshot photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Recently, I've had an incredible time traveling to places like Malibu, Lake Tahoe, Santa Ynez, Brooklyn, Austin, Washington D.C., Wisconsin and even Hawaii and Panama for various shoots. Lately, my short-notice wedding bookings have became increasingly frequent from references and word of mouth. I can't complain. I've shot more weddings in the last 6 months than my whole photography career combined. Because it's been utter madness, I have recently discovered WHY wedding photographers charge so much: The workload is ASTONISHING; especially if you include video services, like I do. I have always hailed headshots as my specialty, with many of my (now famous) clients returning regularly for a shoot here and there. . . and I love shooting headshots and editorials will never stop- but I have learned one crucial lesson: As an artist, I must take care to not over-work myself and book a wedding because someone happens to need a photographer on short notice. If I do too many (too close together) it can completely ruin my "groove" and worst of all compromise my post-production workflow. I now require at least a six-month window to Book a wedding with me, so I can properly handle the post-production (which is many more hours than our clients realize).
I don't like the thought, or even worse, the feeling that someone's special day may be potentially compromised due to my workload. I notice I'm having to constantly re-evaluate my business model and pay closer attention to timely production and work flow. As an artist, in order to stay true to my Wedding photography clients ~ I vow to take the following oath:
SHOWN BELOW: Two of my favorite Clients Roman & Catherine Bruno of Venice, CA with their wedding guests on Pier 14, Lake Tahoe. Roman Bruno is well-known as LA's Best Realtor, and his beautiful wife Catherine is an incredible actress. Inda also shoots their website photos and head shots, as well as their family photos.