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Old December 24th, 2008, 08:36 AM   #16
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Noel do you advertise at all i really think you need to spend money on magazines, wedding internet directories, etc.

Do you have a full time job?

Hi Robert,

I adverstise on the Bridal Network and 2 local Filipino newspaper. I also have google ads. I have a full time job.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #17
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I have a full time job.
How many of you have a full time job PLUS this job?
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Old December 24th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #18
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How many of you have a full time job PLUS this job?
Yep, that's me. Full-time job plus videography on nights and weekends. We've only been in business for one full wedding season, so it's a bit early to call it slow, normal, or better than expected. We have two weddings booked in '09 at higher prices than we charged last year, so that's a fairly good sign. Most of our brides don't book until about a month or two before the wedding, so we'll see.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #19
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I lost my 8-5 job mid summer and decided it was as good a time as any to work on the backlog and to make a push for fully self employed. It is much harder than expected.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 01:17 PM   #20
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I work full time at a television station and shoot weddings on the weekend. I hope that one day the wedding business will enable me to quit the day job.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #21
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Shooting weddings is my full time work i average just under 60 weddings by myself a year
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #22
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Full time for 1.5 years now. Doing 30 - 40 a year (projected). Couldn't imagine doing a 9-5 and 30 weddings a year, but there are guys who do it.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #23
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Shooting weddings is my full time work i average just under 60 weddings by myself a year
By yourself? A one man crew with 60 weddings? What all do you do/offer?
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Old December 24th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #24
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By yourself? A one man crew with 60 weddings? What all do you do/offer?
By myself i honestly cant find anyone to shoot i sometimes get an assistant but very very rare.I do everything from setting up to carry my gear.

When i meet with clients they want to speak to the person shooting their wedding. At present i am building a studio in my backyard wife wont let me work out of a shop she thinks it's dead money so i figured within 3 years i would have payed of my studio and increased the value of the house. Once the studio is complete i will try to expand but till then i am working out of my house it really limits you.

A basic wedding day for my is about 12 to 14 hours on average beginning from grooms,brides, ceremony, location, reception always to midnight. One thing i have noticed that is they like to send the photographer home at 9.30pm because they know the videographer will be their to capture the rest of the evening. so unfair.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 08:17 AM   #25
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Living in a totally different company and market.

But things are good. 100 in the bag for 2009 so far (quota is 130).

Of course 2009 bookings are because of 2007 and 2008 marketing efforts. I have to keep up so 2010 is just as good.

Charging approx $2,500-$3,000 per wedding.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 08:51 AM   #26
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Old December 25th, 2008, 02:48 PM   #27
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Oh it's a wedding directory now i understand why its called (The Knot)
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Old December 25th, 2008, 02:52 PM   #28
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100 in the bag for 2009 so far (quota is 130).
100 weddings already booked for 2009 you must be the only videographer in your city that's awesome well done
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Old December 25th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #29
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A basic wedding day for my is about 12 to 14 hours on average beginning from grooms,brides, ceremony, location, reception always to midnight. One thing i have noticed that is they like to send the photographer home at 9.30pm because they know the videographer will be their to capture the rest of the evening. so unfair.
Yeah I am with you on that. They are happy to pay $4k for a photog who isn't there for there whole day and most of them only stay for the start of the reception. But if we charge above $3k then suddenly that's too expensive..I think all of us in the Oz need to bring our prices up.
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Old December 25th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #30
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100 weddings already booked for 2009 you must be the only videographer in your city that's awesome well done

The nice thing is that I'm not. There are are other videographers who book around 70++ annually here. And they do great work as well. (The Philippines is smaller than the state of California, and most jobs are in the capital - Manila).

Market acceptance of video here is very high. Took a lot of work but we're finally there.
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