As I’ve mentioned in some posts below, I used to have a couple here-and-there jobs before I had gotten pregnant with my first little one. Reminiscing about these are some of the few things that help me stay sane and get the kiddie songs out of my head for a little bit!
One of my absolute favourites was in Calgary as a wedding photographer. I was quite young at the time and wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing a thing! I had done the whole nine yards when it came to learning everything. I researched cameras and learned how everything worked in the newer DSLRs, took some photography classes, and spent hours on end practicing with my family and friends as subjects. I did a fair bit of prom photographs and similar milestones for friends of friends and even some new faces of whom I had just met. It was so great and so rewarding starting out!
Once I felt comfortable with my skills and had a good portfolio put together, I started advertising to do wedding photography in the Calgary area. I was kind of surprised that I had little to no calls or inquiries for a few months after I started advertising. It made me feel kind of sad! I decided that I’d pretend I was looking for a photographer for my wedding (even though I wasn’t even engaged at the time!), and I came across a huge amount of other people who did exactly what I was doing! The market was so saturated with people just like me, that I wasn’t standing out at all. This got me thinking…maybe I needed a fresh style or a unique trademark? I put together some new edits and took some new photos and gave them my own, rather unique look. I felt so proud of myself! Once I posted and advertised with these pictures, I actually had 3 calls within the first week! Three weddings to photograph throughout the later summer and early fall.
I have to admit, I was pretty nervous. I had never covered an event this big before and I didn’t want to miss ANYTHING. Thankfully, two of the weddings had another photographer because they wanted to make sure we both weren’t overwhelmed and therefore able to catch all their precious moments. The other photographers and myself worked very well together, and we managed to pull it off with flying colours! The new happy couple was so pleased with the results.
Unfortunately, the third wedding I was left to take care of by myself. The ceremony, newly-wed pictures, family pictures, reception, cake, guests, everything. It was a lot of work. I had a bunch more like this that I attended during the fall season and it really started affecting my performance and quality of work. I decided I either needed a partner, or I needed to take a break and decide if this is what I really wanted to do.
It was a super great experience and I learned so much, but after about 6-8 month of stressing too much, I decided that was it for me. I still love looking back at the pictures I’ve taken and the moments I’ve captured! I ended up selling my camera and equipment, which definitely helped out with money at the time! I can’t deny that I made pretty good money from each wedding shoot as well, haha! Too bad it just wasn’t for me!