Breaking into the wedding scene can be exciting, hard and scary! You don’t know where to start, how to build up a portfolio. I’ve been there! When I first decided i wanted to get into wedding photography. The first thing i did was message photographers whose style i liked. I asked them if i could shadow them, carry their bags, basically be their assistant for the day! I was able to learn so much from the people i worked with! I second shot with several different photographers which was great because you get to see different perspectives and how other photographers do things. I recommend that you second shoot a lot before taking on a wedding by yourself! They can be really stressful and you only get one chance!
Advertise that you are starting to do weddings! Get your name out there! Ask friends and family if they know of people getting married that need a photographer! The first wedding i ever did by myself was ridiculously cheap!! But they didn’t have a lot for a photographer and i needed the experience! So it worked well for the both of us! I learned so much and even though i charged very little, it was a good place to start! Even now that couple tells me they love their photos!
Know Your Gear
For wedding photography you really need to know your gear inside and out. And have backups! I cannot say that enough. You never know if something will break and you have to have backups for that reason! If you don’t own backups, then rent one for the day. Wedding photographs are some of the most precious moments a couple will ever have and the one thing they will get to look back at. You can’t redo a wedding. You have to know exactly what your doing because things can change so fast during a wedding.
Style and Experience
Let your clients know what they will be getting. Make sure your style is consistent. Brides will pick you for your work and the experience you provide! My brides know that they will always be relaxed and have fun! I like capturing candid moments as well as posed and my couples know that before they book me.
Workflow and Vendors
Being a wedding photographer isn’t just about shooting the wedding though. Thats just the beginning! You need to make sure you have a workflow from beginning to end, to get everything finished and back to them as soon as you can. I guarantee my brides that they will have their photos back within two weeks but almost always before 4 days. That is also a huge selling point!! I have had several couple book me because they knew they would receive their photos back quick! Also while you are shooting weddings. Talk to other vendors, get to know them! They can give you referrals if they have worked with you and have like what they see. You can also refer people to them! Plus, sometimes this business can get lonely. It’s nice to become friends with a lot of vendors that you will probably work with again!