I recently had an amazing opportunity to shoot and in-home session for the infamous Style Blue Print. Meaning, I got the chance to walk around someones lovely home and shoot their living quarters from top to bottom. Up close and personal right? I'd say so! I got the email about it the week before and instantly was a little nervous. Real estate photography? Not my thing (even though I've never tried it). As I was replying to give my "This is not really my style of shooting", I stopped. I thought to myself, how can I deny something that I have never tried? I may just end up loving it and I can brag later on that I've shot houses before, even though I am a wedding photographer. So.. I went for it... and LOVED it.
I've heard it said that photographers who venture out into other forms of photography have a harder time getting noticed, published, and getting bookings. Why is that you ask? Good Question-
People seem to think that when you are a photographer, you should only brand yourself to one area of the art because it will confuse potential clientele on what services you actually offer. While that has very little truth to it, I ultimately disagree. Venturing out into commercial, family, and fashion photography when you are ultimately a wedding photographer is one of the BEST things you can do in your profession. Here are a couple reasons why:
1. More Exposure: We are aware that the wedding industry is huge. People get married at all times of the year, and there are hundreds of wedding blogs and magazines that showcase that. However, there are also hundreds of blogs and magazines that are geared towards the stay-at-home mom, residential living, Food, products...you name it. Shooting an up and coming chef who has published in a food blog, or a new local restaurant that just opened up won't stunt your growth in business. It will, in fact, bring you exposure and a heck of a lot more clientele. Who knows, you may even impress the client so much that they may refer you to to a friend they know who may be getting married.
2. Skill enhancement: Being a paid photographer also means being skilled at what you do. I personally know from experience that shooting for a chef in a darkly lit restaurant is difficult, but wedding receptions are usually lit the same way right? More practice in darkly lit places where a person isn't paying you thousands to get it right one time is ALWAYS beneficial in any facet to the craft. As they say, practice makes perfect.
3. Being Well Rounded: The most important of all to me. Being well rounded helps you to open your eyes to different areas of the art, allowing you be inspired by different facets of life. Art inspiration comes from multiple things we see, hear, read, and experience which will allow you as an artist to stand among thousands of Photographers.
I encourage you to step out and be fearless! You never know, you may end up liking shooting something more than what you ultimately market for. Don't knock it till you try it!