I am loving having my studio! It is set up to where I can have a backdrop, or not. I love the natural feel of things. This particular session, she didn't want a backdrop. She wanted something that felt natural. We have a mirror behind her that reflects the door and little light. It was perfect! I also have other areas where you can sit in the studio to put your own personality and creativity in there. She grabbed a book she loves to read and curled up in my chair. You can do anything you want beside the boring ol backdrop.
Tips on being a traveling wedding photographer
I started out as a wedding photographer in my local area. I really pushed and worked hard to get my name out there and build a reputation of being reliable, helpful, hard working, talented, and creative. Once I started booking weddings on a regular basis, the unthinkable happened. We got orders to move! Now here I am, in the town I grew up in, been married to a man who was military but always stationed in the local area, my business has really started to boom, and now we have to move. I was devastated. Not because I didn't want to leave the area, but because I didn't want to start over with my clientele. Little did I know... that was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Because of that simple move, I became a traveling photographer.
I kept all my weddings and clients in my home town. I also took on a ton of weddings in the town I moved to. Once I started traveling back and forth, word got out that I do just that, travel, and started booking in other towns between.
For me, its truly exciting to go out of state to photograph a wedding.
This year for 2021, I have changed my strategy a little and started booking those beautiful Adventure weddings in several different states. I am honestly really looking forward to those this year.
Here are some tips below to help you become a traveling photographer.
1. Build your wedding portfolio local first- You have to start somewhere to really build your portfolio before you are able to show people in other states why they want to book you. This may take you some time and that is ok.
2. Stay Focused- The area I was in, is very saturated with photographers and not as saturated with views so it isn't necessarily a "destination" location that people flock to. So I gave myself a goal of 5 weddings a year. If I could book 5 local weddings considering the logistics of the area I was in, then I would feel successful. I also gave myself a 5 year goal for growth. I wanted to be in a certain place career wise by 5 years and I had to work hard, not compare myself to others to make me want to give up, and keep focused, in order to get there. Before I knew it, those goals were surpassed.
3. Hard Work pays off - Hit the ground running and don't look back. If this is something you really want then the hard work you put in, will eventually pay off. I educated myself just so I wouldn't be just a girl with a camera. I became a girl with a camera and education on how to use that camera. I went to school, and I really indulged and immersed myself in information on how to become the best version of myself while doing this career. I sold myself, I advertised, and I truly put in the heartfelt work it took.
CAMPAIGN FOR CONFIDENCE
I hate being in front of the camera... so I get it. Self Confidence is a huge issue for most of us. I have awful confidence issues. It seems like the older I get, the worse my confidence is. If you have ever said something like this
Listen, this is the number 1 piece of advice I tell my clients, I even have to tell myself this over and over when I am taking my own photos OTHER PEOPLE DON'T SEE YOU THE WAY YOU VIEW YOURSELF!
Im going to do a little campaign for this topic. I am going to grab a few people, women or Men, and take photos of these people with a board saying something they love about themselves. I will start it, and lets spread this confidence. Last year was so hard mentally for so many, including myself and I am praying that this year will be better, but why wait for the year to get better to start showing others you can love yourself! Who wants to get in on this project!!!??????
If you want to be part of this go over to the CAMPAIGN FOR CONFIDENCE page where you will find more information and go to the button text and send us an email!!
We made it through Christmas and New Years and now Valentines day is right around the corner! I have the Lifestyle sessions and The boudoir sessions on special right now! These are perfect for newly engaged, a wedding gift, an anniversary or birthday, or simply just because you love them.
For Boudoir, they will be set up in the studio, the studio will be closed to the public while in session, they will not be shared on any public forum (unless you share them yourself of course, and/or there is one that you gave me permission to share), these are done in a very classy and tasteful manner.
If you are interested in booking please hit the button text at the top of the page or send me a email. We will get you booked!
SO MY GOAL WAS TO BE STRICTLY A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER.
I HAD DONE JUST MARKETING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A WHILE AND THEN SWITCHED OVER TO BEING JUST A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER.
DON'T GET ME WRONG, I LOVED DOING ALL SESSIONS, BUT I WAS JUST TRYING TO FOCUS ON ONE TYPE AND WEDDINGS WERE THE ONE I CHOSE. BUT OF COURSE, AS EVERYONE KNOWS, 2020 HAD OTHER PLANS FOR THAT. SO I OPENED MY SCHEDULE UP TO TAKE OTHER SESSIONS.
I CAN TRULY SAY I AM LOVING THE VARIETY RIGHT NOW OF PHOTOGRAPHING DIFFERENT TYPES OF SESSIONS. I FORGOT HOW MUCH I MISSED THE CREATIVITY IT TAKES TO HAVE YOUR VERY OWN SESSION WHERE YOU ARE IN CHARGE. YES I AM SOMEWHAT IN CHARGE OF WEDDINGS BUT NOT REALLY. I CAN'T GET TO IN DEPTH WITH MY CREATIVITY BECAUSE THE BRIDE HAS A VISION AND I, AS HER PHOTOGRAPHER, HAS TO STICK TO THAT VISION. I DON'T WANT MY BRIDE TO HATE HER PICTURES BECAUSE I WAS BEING CREATIVE. I WILL SUGGEST THINGS AND IF SHE DOESN'T LIKE IT, THEN WE DON'T DO IT. BUT THAT IS DIFFERENT WITH THE SMALLER SESSIONS. MOST OF THE TIME, I WILL SUGGEST SOMETHING, AND THEY WANT TO DO IT BECAUSE THEY AREN'T PAYING ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO GET THOSE PERFECT AMAZING PICTURES. AND IF THEY DON'T LIKE THAT ONE PARTICULAR PHOTO, IT ISN'T A BIG DEAL. SO I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A LOT MORE FREEDOM AND I USE IT TO MY ADVANTAGE!
WEDDINGS ARE STARTING TO POP BACK UP AND I AM BOOKING THEM AGAIN FOR 2021 BUT I WILL NOT GO BACK TO JUST PHOTOGRAPHING THEM THIS YEAR. I KNOW ITS SORTA FROWNED UPON FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER TO BE IN ALL TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND I GET WHY. YOUR BUSINESS DOESN'T GROW THE BEST THAT WAY. YOU SHOULD PICK ONE TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, STICK WITH IT, AND BUILD ON THAT. BUT IF A PANDEMIC MAKES YOU CHANGE YOUR PLANS, THEN YOU SHOULD DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND MONEY.
SO MY ADVICE FOR THIS YEAR, THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE THE POPULAR ADVICE, IS TO TAKE THE TYPE OF SESSIONS YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH. THE WAY I SEE IT IS, YOU AREN'T SITTING STAGNANT, YOU ARE ABLE TO HAVE A CREATIVE OUTLET, YOU MAKE A LITTLE MONEY, AND YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.
TO SEE OUR SESSIONS GO TO OUR SHOP SESSIONS PAGE.
THERE YOU WILL FIND PRICES, PURCHASE OPTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF MY WORK
BELOW ARE JUST A FEW PICTURES TO SHOW MY STYLE AND CREATIVITY. I WAS ABLE TO PICK THE LOCATION, I WAS ABLE TO PICK THE ATTIRE IN SOME OF THEM, I WAS ABLE TO CHOOSE THE TIME OF DAY AND THE LIGHTING, ETC. THOSE ARE JUST SOME EXAMPLES OF THINGS YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF WITH SMALLER SESSIONS BUT NOT WITH WEDDINGS SO MUCH. JUST GRAB SOME CLIENTS, AND GO HAVE FUN!
I am the person behind the lens for Marilyn Ray Photography. I have been been a lifestyle photographer for 5 years and have made my way into the wedding and marketing industry. I really enjoy what I do. I love being creative and stepping outside the ordinary box.