For business or pleasure – networking is an important aspect of the wedding photography industry, especially if you run your own wedding photography business. Whether it’s to increase your clientele or get more referrals, networking can help you achieve your goals. But before you think of it as a business meeting, we’d suggest that you shift your focus to building strong relationships with wedding vendors as step one. Try to find commonalities, strike a conversation about what you like about their business, build a personal relationship before you get to the business partnership. But if building relationships seems like too much work or too time-consuming to you, this blog might help you see why it’s necessary and worth it too! And by the end of it, if you change your mind, you can also check out our top tips on networking with wedding vendors.[···]
Featuring Michelle Walker
When 90% of your business comes from referrals, vendor relationships can make or break a wedding season for even the most established photographer. That’s why getting herself on as many preferred vendor lists as possible is not something Michelle Walker leaves to chance.
“I hustle for work every day. I hustle as hard today as I did when I was just starting out.”
The Bay Area photographer recently moved to Napa, and even though it’s only an hour away, she’s back to pounding the pavement to get noticed. “My goal is to be on everyone’s preferred vendor list, and have relationships with all of the popular area wedding planners.”