When did Seattle wedding photographers become so popular?
By STEVE MILLERSTEINAssociated PressAUGUSTA, Ga.
(AP) For many couples looking for an inexpensive way to get married, a photo booth in downtown Seattle is the most common choice.
It’s also the most expensive: about $1,000 to $1.50 per hour.
But the industry is growing, thanks in part to the popularity of digital photos, which are now becoming more popular than printed ones.
Now more than 70 percent of wedding photographers in the U.S. are freelance, up from 17 percent a decade ago.
In some places, such as New York and Washington state, the number of weddings has more than doubled in the past decade.
In Washington, the state’s second-largest city, the wedding photography industry has seen a 10 percent increase in revenue over the past year, said Amy C. Schafer, vice president of the Washington Wedding Photography Association.
In some cities, like Atlanta and Dallas, wedding photographers are not only paid, but encouraged to sell wedding photos.
In those cities, the industry has grown from about 100 photographers in 2010 to about 3,500 now.
For the average photographer, the pay is about $60,000 a year.
For many of the industry’s top photographers, the compensation ranges from $100,000-$200,000.
“It’s a great income,” said Andy L. Sorensen, who teaches wedding photography at the University of Washington.
“But I do have a responsibility to my client.
I need to be on the ball and not be lazy.”
The biggest challenge is figuring out how to keep costs down for photographers, who have a big workload.
Most photographers, like Sorennen, also face a significant increase in clientele.
In a time of economic uncertainty, weddings are a hot topic, especially for young professionals who often want a big splash on the big day.
There are more than 50,000 weddings in the United States, up about 15 percent since 2000.
The average wedding costs about $2,000, and some photographers earn as much as $150,000 and as little as $80,000 for their work, according to data compiled by the wedding industry association.
In Seattle, the average wedding cost $1 and was expected to climb as much to $2 million by 2019.
There are now nearly 2,000 wedding photographers there, up nearly 10 percent since last year, according the wedding association.
The number of photographers has nearly doubled in Seattle, to about 100.
The industry’s median salary is $100 per hour, compared with $80 in 2005.
Seattle, with a population of about 10,000 people, is among the most affordable places to do wedding photography.
The city is known for its parks and beaches, where there are many weddings every year.
Many of the city’s most popular attractions include the Pike Place Market and the Sea Cliff Marina, both popular tourist destinations.
“Seattle is a great place to get wedding photography,” said Amy D. Soto, who owns wedding photography services in Seattle and New York.
“There are plenty of places to get a lot of wedding photography in the city.
There’s always someone there to take photos of weddings.
I love working in Seattle.”
In the past few years, Seattle’s number of wedding photo shoots has been on the rise.
Last year, there were more than 2,600 shoots in the state, according an industry report.
In 2018, the city saw its highest number of shoots since 2007, when there were only about 400.
In addition to weddings, weddings have been the subject of numerous viral social media videos, like those from the popular Vine account @WeddingPhoto.
The account has more over 2 million followers, and about one-third of its followers post wedding photos themselves.
In February, Vine posted an album of Vine weddings in Seattle.
There were more weddings in February than in any other month on record.
In the year since, the Seattle wedding industry has posted more than 3 million wedding photos, up 40 percent from the year before.
A photographer who works in Seattle has to travel to a studio in New York City to photograph his or her wedding.
A wedding photographer who doesn’t have a studio can usually get a print of the wedding from a wedding photographer in another city, such the Los Angeles area, where most weddings take place.
Photographers working in the wedding business say they have to be extremely flexible in their budgets.
They often work from home for several months before starting a shoot.
The industry’s growing number of digital wedding photographers means they can shoot more wedding photos each year.
In addition to the digital wedding business, the online wedding industry includes wedding vendors such as Weddings on Demand, which helps couples order wedding photos online.
Online services like WeddingBooth.com and WeddingDiaries.com are gaining more and more customers, as more people seek to buy wedding photos through websites and apps.
For the past several years, WeddingBazaar, which