What exactly is luxe portraiture? I define it as a portrait that is a step or two above a standard portrait. It is more artful. More soulful. More creative. It is more than just a capture of someone looking at the camera smiling.
What a year it has been. It's still hard to wrap our minds around everything that has happened in the last year and a half. It's been an up and down emotional roller coaster. Even now, as a business owner, Im struggling to find my rhythm again. Do you find yourself feeling the same way?
In 2018, I was a single mom, a medically retired Airman, going to school full-time, working at Target and trying my hardest to make my dreams come true. The same vision I had for 11 years.
In more than 24 years of providing wedding videography services to the greater New York City market and being married to successful wedding photographer, Vanessa Joy, for nearly 12 of them, I’ve had to adapt my business model more than I’d like to admit.
2014. I will never forget that year. I was in a place with my work where I did not know how to move forward. My friends and colleagues at the time could no longer offer me advice other than “this is amazing.”
I have two businesses, working in both online education and as a wedding event photographer, and I love my work—it’s definitely a dream job for me. I also make fantastic money from it: more than six figures from each side of the business is my net yearly pay, after expenses.
A Non-Fungible Token (or NFT) is a wild concept, and "fungible" is probably an unfamiliar word. A way to wrap your head around this idea is to consider a humble coin, like the quarter.
So, you've just graduated with a photography degree, or maybe took some online courses and are loaded down with expensive equipment and newbie knowledge. Congratulations! You're well on your way to establishing an exciting career in a competitive industry.
Beauty photography is not new. Some see it as soft porn, while others see it as a celebration of the female form. Regardless of your personal opinion, it is a genre that can be extremely profitable if pursued correctly.
A question I get all the time from photographers and videographers is, “How do we break into the luxury market?” That’s a fair question… but first let’s talk about why you would want to be a luxury wedding photographer.