Today we’d like to introduce you to Sage Justice.
Sage, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started off photographing nightlife (bar and nightclub events) when I was 18. I got paid $15/hour, got to get into a bunch of 21+ bars, and was able to attend a ton of concerts for free, which I was stoked about at the time. After a year, I realized that it wasn’t very lucrative and that I would need to learn more about photography other than just pressing a button if I really wanted to turn photography into a career.
I then started working weddings on the weekends with a friend when I was 19. In my first two years, I photographed over 40 weddings. I was still pretty awful in both the technical and business side of things, but I kept learning everything I could from each wedding I attended. When I was 21, I photographed my first wedding by myself and the rest is history!
Today, I have photographed over 300+ weddings and work with 25-30 couples a year to create amazing, creative images that they will cherish for their lifetime.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Absolutely not! In 2013, I photographed 60 weddings. In that time, I was severely undercharging for my services and also was in the middle of finding a stable living situation. I had a wedding (or three) booked almost every single weekend and ran my business out of my brother’s spare bedroom while barely having enough money in the bank to get by (photography gear and good food is expensive).
Early 2014 – I finally got into a stable living situation, started spending around $5,000/year on photography education, increased my rates, and it’s been downhill ever since!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Justice Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I do just about everything from my own editing and email replies to blogging and social media. I have experimented with outsourcing tasks like culling (narrowing down images to final selects) and editing, but I’m very picky about the stuff that I turn over to my clients, so even though it takes me longer and sucks up a majority of my free time, I do all of my culling and editing.
In terms of photography, I specialize in weddings, but also photograph families, corporate events, food, and portraits on the side.
I would say I’m most known for my creative portraits.
I’m most proud of being able to deliver creative and fun wedding images to all of my couples while also maintaining consistency throughout the years!
My company differs from most in that I only take on a small amount of select clients per year, I stay away from being “cookie cutter” as much as I possibly can, and I do my best to create a fun and memorable experience while also maintaining professionalism.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
While I do want to continue doing wedding photography, my plans for the future include teaching photography based workshops. I’m really looking forward to being able to teach in the next 10 years.
- Wedding photography starts at $3,150, but most couples spend between $4,000-$5,000.
- Portrait sessions start at $500.
- Event coverage starts at $250/hour with a 2 hour minimum.
- Address: 4183 Mississippi Street
- Website: www.justicephoto.com
- Phone: 760-936-7854
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/justicephoto
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/justicephoto
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/justicephoto
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/justice-photography-san-diego
- Other: www.justicephoto.com/blog