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How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography

Lesson 2 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography

Lesson 2 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

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2. How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


How Are You Perceived as a Photographer?


Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You


Activity: What Are Your Photography Goals?


Owning Your Own Style


Preparing for a Photoshoot


The Importance of Research


Lesson Info

How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography

so getting back to travel photography. I'm just gonna ask a couple of you. Maybe tell me one of you raise your hands or tell me what you think. Travel photography is like, What is your definition of travel Photographer? You are the kind that you would like to do it. You should say they went one pick one of you. Have you? Yes. Tell me your name. Carla. Nice to meet you. Tell me what? What would be like your dream travel photography job? Well, my dream travel photography job will be able to travel all around, get pay for it, and I do weddings. So that's what I want to do. Do you want a destination? Wedding? Yes. We'll talk a little bit about that. I do. I still do a lot of destination weddings. I'll talk about how it kind of transitioned into travel, but transitions, Not even the right word. Because I'm still doing both How You can kind of blend the two. So we'll get into that. But you're you. What you want to do is destination weddings. Okay, Cool. Well, if you have a wet, how many of y...

ou have a wedding background? Any of you because they're the only with Okay, so I'll talk a little bit about how wedding photography actually can help you shoot for travel photography. So that school, anyone else when we pick on war another person? Yeah. Personally, I I love scene for photography. That's done. Places that are very remote, where the average person would never get a chance to to be and see different cultures where, um, you know things that we only see in magazines and see the real people. That's what I love about that type of photography. I love that, too. Actually, I feel like both those answers are part of mine for me. I love adventure. I love meeting new people on cultures with weddings. I love documenting beauty. When I went Teoh Photojournalism School, their idea that they top there was being a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. It was like the way to go. And most of those people, unfortunately, are shooting famine and destruction and war, and he's really dark topics, and I didn't want that like I didn't want to do. That's why I didn't continue my career at the CIA because it's not like you're in these beautiful places, being able to luxuriate and like, talk about what you do for a living and obviously like to talk. So it was like not the right fit for me. But, um, I love celebrating life and love and different people and cultures and color, and I love documenting beautiful things and being able to create art and share that, like all of that, is encompassed in it. And ultimately, I'm a storyteller, and I think travel photography for me brings the story back into the images, and we'll talk a little bit about that later on. But I think what makes someone a good travel talk over versus you know, maybe someone that's that's not kind of quite there is that there's a real story or intention behind their images, and I think that sometimes gets lost nowadays in photography, that people just shooting things because it just grabs their attention. It's so easy to like share information and share photos, but they're not really taking the time to have the story behind it. So let's get into a little deeper here, all right, So if I want to be the Indiana Jones of travel photography, I needed my own action adventure movie trailers. So this was ah ha moment. I had as well the photo. I love this photo because it's funny. I look at my photos and and there's always a story behind him. I was in Peru and outside of Lake Titicaca, and I actually climbed into an old tomb like they used to bury the pre Incan queens and kings in the cylindrical stone tombs that they had a little hole like this big. And for some reason I see like a little space and like, I gotta show me in there and I want to see what's in there. And so I had set up a camera on a long exposure because of super dark in there was like pitch black and had literally climbed inside of a tomb. And I felt like it was such a lawyer, Croft Tomb Raider thing. Eso I wanted to do this, and I thought it illustrated my lust for any emergence. So a little bit of background story, Um, I became a photographer because I always thought I want to be a zoologist marine biologist. My idols were Jacques Cousteau and Indiana Jones, right? That was my idea of what it or kill it just was. And and so I always thought that that's what was going to do is really interested in science. And, um, I had a pivotal moment with my mom. One day I was 13 and I got sent home from the principal's office for talking too much in science class. And my mom's like, I don't see you being a scientist at all. You're likely to social And at the time I thought she was sort of like crushing my dreams, like, Thanks, Mom. But she really sat there and said, Okay, what are you good at? Where do you not get at? And, um, she was like, What if you were the photographer that followed around the scientists like What? If you just want to go in these adventures around the world like, why don't we create a job that's that's for you And I was 13 at the time, and it was like my light bulb moment about becoming a photographer, and from that point on, I feel like I've kept that theme going in my photography, even with my weddings, it's always adventure like, and we'll and we'll get into more of that. So I want to show you my adventure action trailer. I decided to take videos and footage and photos I've done from around the world and put them in a little real that when people go to my website, laura greer dot com, and click on it. The first thing they see is this video, and I feel like if you don't feel like traveling or feel the energy after watching the video, then then you're not getting the idea of what I want to convey. But I feel like you will. And I wanted people to not just see a bunch of my work slide showing on a in a gallery, one of them to feel and see some of the stories of what I go through to take the pictures do it. What's really driver like fire number one thing. They check the weather, my little adventure, riel, when you go into my website and basically ah, lot of that was just done from, you know, cell phone footage. It's not like I'm always having a professional videographer wherever I go. Sometimes Furman assistant sometimes in setting up selfie stuff, but I think it's important socially today to be documenting Ah, little bit about what you do, even if it has to be done a little bit. Low budget. I think showing your clients and showing people a little bit more than just the image is important telling where the story

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Ratings and Reviews


I've been listening for, like, two hours. OMG. Like, I could, like, you know, get more from this if, like, she stopped jibbering and get to, like, you know, the topic? She sounds more like a rambling stream-of-thought teenager than a mature adult giving a succinct organized presentation. In two hours, I have, like, learned about two or three things I can, like, use. Like, Ehhhh...? It's like, bor-ing! Like, whutttt? Is she, like, 15 or what? Sheesh.

a Creativelive Student

I have to start by saying that I was lucky enough to be part of the live audience in this class! What Laura has shared this 2 days, is something that will have taken me a few years to learn. Thank you for remanding me that we create our own opportunities and we have to go for what we want instead of waiting for it to happened and will these tips your share in this class, will make it a lot easier to approach editors or potential clients to be able to conquer my goals! Thanks you very much Laura and Creative Live for making all these possible for the photo community all around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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