This blogpost is also available as a podcast! After all of the amazing feedback I recieved from LFB’s first podcast, I have decided to continue broadcasting posts that are text heavy.

After my my realizations about time and how best to spend it I actually allowed myself to have a healthy amount of guilt-free me-time, with friends and Netflix Friday evening and most of Saturday. Still, as I am in the transitional phrase of moving from one career to the next, I still need to reserve some of the weekend for LFB and my photography business, as well as a new business which I will be starting here in Berlin with my business partner, Victoria.

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What? A new business? Yes, you read that correctly. Now you might be thinking right now, wait Rae, isn’t switching gears all about doing less? Yes, yes it is. But doing less sometimes means having the same amount of projects but A LOT more overlap. Victoria approached me a good few months ago about her wedding business, which was still in it’s infancy stage at that time. She had originally contacted me to work as a wedding photographer, but after talking more and more, we quickly realized that we wanted to embark on the wedding planning together as partners. And while I am nervous that running a photography company, LFB, and a wedding business could get overwhelming, the great thing about all of these projects is that doing work for one is simultaneously doing work for the other. The skill sets for each overlap tremendously as well and I will have an insane amount of freedom when it comes to the decision making and direction for all of these endeavors. Once everything with our company is up and running, I will definitely let you guys in on more details. But for now, I am here to talk about wedding photography, as this will be one of my main roles in the new company.

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I have wanted to break into wedding photography for quite some time now, especially as it is one of the more stable ways to pursue photography as a career, while still being able to be creative and true to my principles. Although documentary photography is my passion, it unfortunately does not pay the bills. And while I do hope that I can continue to grow as a photojournalist as well, shooting weddings still allows me to create beautiful images and (hopefully once things get rolling!) a profit. For those of you who do not know, the biggest area where money can be made for photographers is in advertising. And while I have no experience in advertorial photography so I cannot really say if I would enjoy it or not, I know that I would be too conflicted about staying true to my political beliefs and convictions when it would come time to work with clients. I mean, I am a relatively modest blog on the internet and still turn down 95% of the offers thrown my way from companies because I do not agree with most of their practices and/or ethics, so I really cannot see myself photographing products and campaigns for companies with similar less than savory practices.

Wedding photography allows me to work with individuals to help them capture what will hopefully become some of their most cherished moments in life. And due to the rising nature of documentary wedding photography, I still kind of get my fill of documentary work. Granted, it’s not the kind of photograph that is going to end up in Time magazine, but capturing happy sacred moments in a person’s life is just as meaningful.

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I have been working as a freelance photographer for quite some time now, but because I am self taught, there are going to be a lot of amazing and difficult hurdles to jump in the present and near future. I’m also basically crying at the amount of overhead involved in starting my on photography business. Still, it’s the beginning of turning dreams into reality, so I really couldn’t be any happier.

Anyway, back to this weekend. As I was saying, much of my weekends do still need to be spent doing work, and Sunday was no exception. Because the first wedding that I will be photographing is quickly approaching, Victoria and I managed to organize an impromptu photoshoot this Sunday with a friend of hers in order for us to have something to show our current and potential clients as well as for me to be able to get my feet wet. The shoot was so much fun and while I was shooting and editing yesterday, I really felt that feeling of being happy with what I was doing while I was doing it. And that’s what living in the moment is all about. We are of course planning to organize a much more professional shoot with both a “groom” and bride” with a professional makeup artist, hairstylist and wedding attire as well in the future, but just getting out there this weekend and already starting to practice was exhilarating.

I would be lying if I were to say that I am not nervous as hell for the first wedding, but everyone has to start somewhere. You can never be an expert without having been a beginner first. But although I may be new to wedding photography and still have much to learn about studio lighting, I AM a photographer and should start to view myself and present myself that way. I am extremely guilty of chronically underselling myself, but that is not only a disservice to myself but a disservice to those who might love to collaborate with me but would never get the chance due to my lack of confidence. While nobody likes a cocky little shit, it’s extremely important to give yourself the fair credit you deserve when you run your own creative company. Because the truth is no one else is going to be there to speak up for your abilities and get you jobs but yourself. And with that, I’ve written a little letter and it goes something like this: Dear Imposter syndrome, There’s no room for you in my life anymore. Love, Rae.

Interested in hiring me for wedding photography, portraiture or blog photography? Then let me know! Email me at: [email protected] or [email protected]


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  • Masha

    Great post and also photos :)
    xx
    http://maariemarie.blogspot.com/

    • rae

      Thanks, Masha!

  • Oh super yay for weddings!! For me they’re the perfect thing to photograph because there is so much going on and you can definitely bring your own style :) Super good luck!

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Fee!

  • That is fantastic!! I have been trying to get into wedding photography too as a side thing. I have photographed a French wedding last summer as a second shooter, which was an amazing experience and I definitely wanted to do more! Unfortunately I havent got my photos yet, the main photographer kept delaying to send over 25 of all photos I took so I have nothing to show to potentail clients. It is tough! My time will come :)

    Katrina Sophia

    • rae

      That sounds amazing! Would love to hear more about how you are getting on with your wedding photography. And I am sorry to hear about the delay! The editing process can take a very long time.

  • This is all so amazing, I know what you mean by transferable skills and what a super way to start building new skills than in a new business venture, and I am so not surprised you’re nervous – personally I’d be shitting myself too.

    You are a photographer and such a good one at that, I would not be disappointed to be photographed by you, so yes, tell that impostor syndrome to piss off, because you deserve this to go from strength to strength. Experimenting and trying new things is awesome and, basically – YAYA FOR YOU, LADY.

    Erin | cd

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Erin! Your comment means so much to me. It is so wonderful to hear that people enjoy the images I have created. Hope to continue to grow as an artist and look back on some of these photos and really be able to visibly see my growth in the future.

  • Congratulations and the best of luck on this new venture! Wedding photography is such a cool way to make money, engage with others, and put yourself out there as a creative. I work with a wedding photographer part time and he does it in summer (heavy wedding season for obvious reasons) then paints a series of paintings in winter and has a big how in the spring. It’s a cool way to live, and he seems to enjoy both parts of his life.

    I just edit his photos and work as an admin assistant but it’s still been nice insight into the wedding photography world. Plus as a wedding planner you can have so much fun designing invitations and fun stuff too! AH! SO FUN.

    Well – I’m excited for you, haha.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Katia! And I agree with everything you had to say about wedding photographer. The one you work for sounds like a really interesting guy and definitely has got it together. Hope to have his kind of success in the future! How do you find work as an admin assistant? Maybe one day I will be able to get someone else on board because it definitely is a lot of work as one person!

      • I found it through a friend who knew that I know how to edit photos, and it sort of evolved from there. And I’ve seen similar job listings online on creative job platforms!
        Yea for sure! here’s also something to be said about working as a team, working with others. It’s fun :)

        • rae

          Ah how cool! Well congrats lady!

  • Your photography is amazing, your awesome

    bubbasdoll.blogspot.co.uk

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Kiera!

  • you are doing pretty good job with wedding photography. Congratulations on your new adventure and I hope you will enjoy and succeed :)

    Dice, ’96 Wild Heart
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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Dice!

  • Congrats on your new direction! It’s a shame that most photographers aren’t able to get by just on purely doing the one thing that they love above all else, and the same can be said for most musicians and in fact most people with a creative outlet, but there’s nothing at all wrong with diversifying yourself and shooting weddings if it helps pay the bills and allows you to use your hard earned skill set in a way that you feel happy about. A lot of musicians write for other musicians or do session work or teach children to pay the bills and it still allows them to have the freedom to write and create their own music at the same time. It’s always helpful when the different forms of work compliment each other like these all do for you. Best of luck with the wedding planning and photography – you’re extremely talented so I’m sure between the two of you you’ll do great! :) x

    jessica – littlehenrylee.com

    • rae

      It’s just a bit difficult in the creative field to get those outside of the field to understand the work we do – it’s funny we all understand being a scientist is hard work but somehow people assume artists just sit around all day! And yes, I feel like creatives tend to do something professionally to pay the bill (like you mentioned, teaching music, or writing songs for others) and then use their free time for their pet projects. Thank you so much for the compliment as well, I am so humbled by your kind words!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Stunning photos! Absolutely gorgeous; all of them!

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    • rae

      Thanks, Monique!

  • Ooh exciting! These photos turned out beautifully, I’m sure anyone who gets you as their wedding photographer will be thrilled with their photos. Own it!

    • rae

      Thank you so much Jane!

  • Lenya

    Beautiful photos. Congrats and good luck on this new venture.
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    • rae

      Thank you so much, Lenya!

  • Congrats on the new venture- and wedding photography! So gorgeous!

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    • rae

      Thank you so much, Ashley!

  • Wow, this is such a great opportunity and a great way to pave the path for your career :) Congrats and best of luck xx

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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Sarah!

  • This is such an amazing opportunity, and the pictures are lovely!

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    • rae

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  • Sara Meireles

    I love these photos, they are absolutely amazing
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    • rae

      Thanks, Sara!

  • Congrats on the work transition! Always a little bit nervewracking but I have a feeling you are going to shine! PS- Aren’t guilt-free Netflix days the best!?

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    • rae

      Thank you so much Amanda, and yes, I need to make time for more guilt-free Netflix sessions!

  • Congratulations and good luck with your first wedding session! I’m sure you will make fabulous pictures, these are really beautiful!

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    • rae

      Thanks so much!

  • You are going to do great! You’ll start gaining lots of clients from your first wedding! They say for every wedding you photograph you gain 5 more clients (… let me know if that is true!) so you’ll be rollin’ in the cash and partying it up during the week! Go girl go!!

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    • rae

      Thanks so much Heba! And yes, I ams ure it is a word of mouth sort of thing so I am sure it will pick up. Things work a bit more slowly in Germany as wedding photography is not as commonplace as here but I am sure things will eventually become steady :)

  • Adriana R.

    Amazing photos! <3

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      Thanks, Adriana!

  • rosdays

    wow!!! you look amazing!!!! perfect look for a wedding!

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    • rae

      Thanks, but these photos are not of me but my model.

  • Ivana Džidić

    These images are beautiful! I’m fascinated by wedding photography. I think if I were a photographer, I would much prefer wedding photography to ad photography. This way you’re a part of a beautiful event, you get the chance to connect with people and capture their emotions on camera….and that’s precious. I think you made a great decision…I’m sure that wedding photography can teach someone a lot (working with people etc.) and it gives you more ethical freedom in making your bussiness decisions….this way you can keep up with your documentary photography projects and make a living, so that’s a good call. I even suggested my husband at one point that we should get into wedding photography bussiness (as he takes wedding photographs for friends pro bono anyway) but he is not really eager to do it so….

    • rae

      Totally I agree entirely and thank you so much! And I can also understand your husband. It is a LOT of work, so it is not a commitment that should be made lightly.

  • You are so talented. I’m glad you are pursuing your dreams, good luck to you.

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      Thank you so much!

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    Very beautiful shots doll! You are doing wonderful :)

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      Thanks ladies!

  • Congratulations on the new business, your photos are stunning!

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      Thank you!

  • These are such stunning photographs! So beautiful. And many, many congrats on the new business! That’s so exciting. :)

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Latrina! Glad you liked the photos too!

  • This is such wonderful news, I’m so excited for you! Good luck with both your wedding photography and the wedding-business journey you’re embarking on with your friend Victoria :) Good luck!

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      Thank you so much, Gabrielle!

  • Stripes n Vibes

    I think you’re going in the right direction and making great photos! Wishing you good luck in your journey!

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      Thanks so much, Tanya!

  • that’s awesome, i’m sure you’ll be amazing! good luck :)

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      Thanks so much, Danielle!

  • These pictures are amazing and you’re a very talented photographer. Some times self taught are way better than trained because they have a unique vision and definitely natural talent too. Love the podcast! It’s so good to hear your voice!

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      Thank you so much, Shireen! And yes, I do really think that being self taught brings a different dimension to the table. Really glad that you enjoyed the podcast as well! I am definitely thinking of making it into a regular thing!

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  • Your photos are so beautiful! You’ll definitely do so well as a wedding photographer – I was a second shooter at one, and although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure I’d ever want to do it. It’s such a high stress event, and it can be so nerve wracking! Excited to see where you go with this!

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    • rae

      Thank so so much, Angelina! I would love to hear more about your experience as a second shooter. I am pretty nervous for my first wedding (which is actually next week! Although In Germany there are two events, the legal wedding ceremony and the romantic ceremony, so this is only the legal one so it is slightly less stressful but not by much!) so it would be great to hear from someone who has actually been out there and has done it before.

      • It’s a really fun and fast paced experience, I think it would be helpful to have a list of “must get” shots beforehand (if you haven’t already), so you can keep yourself on track. I don’t know how much our experiences will be the same, as I wasn’t the primary shooter, and there’s typically just one ceremony in the US, but all in all, I think just treat it like any event, with a little more focus on the wedding “must do”s. Would love to know how it goes for you! (:

        • rae

          Yes, I have been watching tons of videos about wedding photography and reading articles and it seems like a “must get” shot list is super important! Will definitely keep you updated on how it goes!

  • These photos are just adorable! You should pursue your photography and become a wedding photographer! x

    • rae

      Thanks Paige, I am definitely int he process of doing so!

  • Stephanie Louise

    Rae, these photos are absolutely beautiful!~ Text heavy posts are such a great way to know you more and get a more detailed account of what happened. I can’t wait to see what more is to come. x
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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Stephanie. And I am glad that you like the text heavier versions. I like to put the time and energy and write things I think people will enjoy :)

  • rae

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much!

  • WOW, honestly your photography gives me life! You are such a visionary and your photographs are so crisp and so full of emotion and light, these ones radiate happiness and joy! xxxxx

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    • rae

      Thank you so much! This comment means so much to me!

  • rae

    Dankeschön! :D Und daw wäre total schön! Haben Sie schön Pläne für Ihre Hochzeit?

  • Very much enjoyed this podcast, especially the part of saying good buy to imposter syndrome! I am so happy to hear how you pick and choose the companies you collaborate with! Good luck with your new company and your pics look so beautiful!! :)

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