Sound Advice on How To Become A Wedding Photographer
Would you like a job where you get the chance to meet lots of people, work outside and even get a free buffet? Well if you were a wedding photographer then you could get to do all of that. What’s more you get to be creative as you record the most important day in two people’s lives and give them memories that they will cherish forever. There is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of a wedding photographer but if you are good at what you do then you will embrace that responsibility and thrive. So would you like to hear more about how to become a wedding photographer?
Get The Right Equipment
This is the most obvious but important point. If you want to be a professional photographer and take high quality photographs then you will need equally professional and high quality equipment. You can’t do your job with a disposable cameras or your mobile phone so read up on the best equipment around, educate yourself about the tools you need and then go out and get them.
Act Like a Professional
If you want to be known and recognized then you have to act professionally at all times. It’s as simple as that. That means from the moment you turn up you are in professional photographer mode, you need to know exactly how you want your shoot to look and have your mind firmly on the job at hand. Weddings can be very distracting events with free food and drinks being floated around and attractive members of the opposite sex looking their best. However you need to put all of that to one side, you’re not there to enjoy yourself, you’re there to do a job and get paid.
Build Your Reputation
Once again acting professionally at all times plays an important role in building your reputation as your will rely heavily on word of mouth business and referrals so if you do a good job with one wedding you might get offered a few more off the back of it. If you haven’t done any jobs yet then building your reputation is even more vital as you have to get yourself noticed. You need to build up a portfolio, it doesn’t have to be of weddings but you should be able to display highly creative pictures for potential customers to look at. Nobody wants to hire someone if they think that it’s their first day so have lots of photos on display to show that you know what you’re doing.
If the phone’s not ringing and you’re not getting offered jobs straight away then don’t panic. You need to be realistic and accept that it is going to take time for people to hear about you but there are lots of things you can do to help it. Create a website telling people exactly what you do for them and don’t forget to include lots of examples of your work. Send out leaflets and flyers around your local town and city, get adverts in the local newspaper… all of this will cost money but it’s necessary to get your name out there and show people that you exist.
Frank Roberts is a wedding photographer who created his first wedding photo album 20 years ago and he still loves taking photographs just as much today.