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Photography geek out post

So this weekend was mainly chill and quiet, though I was doing a bunch of behind the scenes photography stuff. First, I downloaded Alien Skin Software and experimented with their presets, which tries to duplicate film. It's pretty gorgeous and I love it, except for the part where it bogs down my workflow, since it integrates poorly with Lightroom. It would mean about an extra hour of work per wedding, maybe 2 hours. But it might be worth it, because I see the color tones that I love in my favorite photographers.

I think my style is developing towards a colorful vintage film look. So instead of that common faded vintage look, it's more like the colorful slide film, cross processed look.

I think I've finally found a tagline for my business: "Quirky vintage"

Also, on the business side, people were sharing how many inquiries they've had since Jan 1 in the online forum I'm on, and I have had 6 brand new, and 1 from last year. And apparently I'm kicking ass, because the #1 austin photographer on google is at 10, and several are at 2 or 1. (Then some non-Austin rockstar photographers responded and say 38 inquiries, but they're rockstars of the wedding world, so it's like comparing my software income to Bill Gates).

My target for 2011 is 20 weddings where I'm the primary. So far I've 2 booked, and 1 who verbally confirmed but no check yet. And I've a client meeting tomorrow. My booking rate for people who actually meet me are at 100% right now (but it's cos i've only met 3 brides :-P).

It's so fascinating, owning your own business.

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__bin
Jan. 10th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think that a 100% booking rate after in-person meetings is great, regardless of what the sample size is. :)

I wish that there was a forum like the wedding photography one for food photographers. But they all hold their cards way too close to their chests to be a part of a community. :/
preservationgal
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
please excuse the pollyanna:

This is the second time you've posted something like this in a comment. What would happen if you started a forum like that for food photographers?
nickjong
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome, sounds like your business is starting out 2011 on the right foot. :-)
ripresa
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mr Nick.

And I love my iPad. The graphics are gorgeous and it's definitely a different beast from the iPhone.

The only thing I don't like about it is the weight, it makes my wrist hurt after a while holding it :/
sylke
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a fantastic start! I haven't had any inquiries since Jan 1, and my only inquiries since Christmas were for dates I wasn't available anyway. (Granted, I'm sort of preoccupied these days.) I'm hoping for a fair bit of business from the bridal show this month, though.
zuleikhajami
Jan. 10th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
This is so awesome! And a 100% booking rate even of a sample of 3 is also really awesome.
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