Okay, so I was serious about the whole photography thing, so much so that I spent all day Friday trolling for work down by City Hall. Let me start out by saying that was a really bad idea. First of all, it was -2384570325 degrees outside and I was frozen solid within 5 minutes of working the street corner, which brings me to my next point: working a street corner near City Hall is a really, really bad idea. I'm convinced that if I had stood out there for too much longer, I would've been arrested. Who knew that pacing nervously around a government building would draw attention from the police patrolling the area.

Oh, and everyone I approached was MEAN! I mean, I get it, they were about to get married and the last thing they wanted was some random person coming up to them, offering to take free pictures of them. I'm sure I came across as shady and weird to them, but I couldn't think of a better approach than: "Hey, do you want free pictures taken of your ceremony?" At the end of a long day, these are the only pictures I have to share with you. Does anyone have any suggestions for me about getting more business?

At least the pigeons were cooperative...le sigh.


Barby said... January 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Have you try listing something on Craigslist in your area? I always see a lot of photographers posting their services on there... Well at least in my area. Worth looking into.

nova said... January 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

What about going into businesses and asking what their social media plan is. You could take their pictures and set them up with a website or blog and a twitter account, tell them how to use it, and take all the photos for the sites. Just an idea but I know that really works, and a lot of places are owned by older people who just don't 'get' why they should have a facebook page or whatever.

Anonymous said... January 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I love the pigeons!


Heidi said... January 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If you are planning to be an engagement and/or wedding photographer, I would recommend that you start networking with other vendors that serve that market (e.g. jewelers, florists, cake bakers, etc.) as well as conducting informational interviews/having coffee with other photographers that are doing what you want to do. It may not mean that you are shooting right away, but you are likely to make invaluable connections.

Caitlin said... January 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I would definitely check out Craigslist - that's how I found a lot of my wedding vendors.

I think the "mean" thing is more of a city thing. When we were in Chicago we tried asking for directions and people were just psychotic about it, thinking we were trying to sell them something or ask for money. No idea why someone can't just say "No thanks!" and move on. Crazy!

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