The careers of wedding photographers did not just flourish and thrive overnight. Most of these wedding photographers had to go through trials by fire before they were able to get to where they are right now in their professions. If you would like to get into this thinking that things are just going to work out well for you right off the bat, you are gravely mistaken. Wedding photography has always been a fairly difficult niche to get into. One of the first challenges that you will need to overcome is the issue of having all of the right equipment for your craft.
Your camera is your main and most important gear as a wedding photographer. You need to make sure that no matter what happens, you have not just one but two high quality cameras with you and on you all of the time. The issue of a second camera has always confounded wedding photographers who are new to the business but the need for it as ever apparent and ever pressing. Although it will require you to shell out a little more than you were anticipating to do so initially, a second camera will cover you during instances of equipment failure, malfunctions, and the like.
An assortment of lenses
You basically need two kinds of lenses for the two main types of shots that wedding photographers usually take during a wedding photo shoot: portrait shots and group or panoramic shots. These two kinds of lenses will require you to check out different approaches at the end of the day and the best way for out to go as a wedding photographer would be for you to make sure that you have a telephoto lens for your portrait shots and closeups and a wide angle lens for your group shots, architectural shots, and landscape shots. Normally, these lenses cost a pretty penny because they are mainly specialty lenses and this is something that you will most likely struggle with as well as a new wedding photographer but there is a mid-range solution for this (albeit temporary). You can go for a medium zoom lens for now. It can give you a little of what both lenses can do although not as powerful but it should suffice in the meantime, just until you get to pool enough funds to get the real deal.
A high quality tripod
You are going to need a tripod for tricky lighting situations. You can also really make use of it during times wherein you need to free up your hands so you can take a step back and assess the composition of the shots that you are trying to capture during the wedding photo shoot. A tripod is something handy to have and it can really stabilize your camera when it all comes down to it. Invest in something that is high quality and sturdy enough to last you all throughout your career. One good buy will most likely last you for a very long time.
As a wedding photographer, you should seriously save up enough for it. You need more than enough money for your photography equipment because it is not something that is easy to gain. Starting out a career as a professional wedding photographer is not a joke. You will need roughly around $15,000 or more to actually get yourself up to speed with everything that you are going to need to shoot someone’s wedding. This is the main reason why you should seriously take some time to reflect on whether or not this is something that you would like to do. You don’t have to buy your photography equipment all in one go. You can go about with doing things gradually.
Buy the stuff that you need one at a time.
You will eventually get to the point wherein you will already end up with everything that you could possibly need. This is something that you will really need to go ahead and set aside the right amount of money for. Be very careful with the way that you handle things and the way that you handle your money in the first place.
If you have a job other than the aspect of being a wedding photographer, keep it. Don’t be too quick to brush something off right away. You don’t have to be a full time wedding photographer right out. There is a way for you to strike the right kind of balance in what you are trying to do as a wedding photographer. The money that comes along with the aspect of being an able and working professional can really be something that you will be able to go ahead and use when you are checking things out the right way. You still need to have enough money to pay for your rent, gas, food, along with the rest of the other needs that you might have as you go along in your daily dealings as a grown adult.
Keep your side job
If you have a job other than the aspect of being a wedding photographer, keep it. Don’t be too quick to brush something off right away. You are going to need a steady source of income up until the time wherein you will be able to establish a fairly steady pipeline of events booked. However, until you will be able to get to that point in time, it would be best if you could keep your income flow coming, even if it means you will need to work on a different industry together. You will have to wait it out before you get your first ever significant break but your bills will never wait around for you. You are going to need to pay for them every single time they come in.
Give up a few luxuries.
Make all of the necessary sacrifices needed for you to save up enough money so you can have enough to start a career as a wedding photographer. A little pain here and there can definitely go a long way and it is a sacrifice worth making if it means that you will get everything you need to start going after your dreams of being a wedding photographer.
It is extremely important for wedding photographers to get some kind of feedback from the rest of the other professionals in their industry. This is something that you should strive to go ahead and get as much as possible. If you are being gauged one way or the other, you will at least be able to point out which areas of your craft you need to work on at some point or so. You will also be able to know what things you need to focus on the most, what things you are doing right and should continue to do, and what you things you should stop doing right then and there.
When you are in the process of requesting for feedback from your fellow wedding photographers, you need to keep an open mind because you will not always be hearing things that you would like to hear. There will always be criticisms somewhere along the way. You should know how to use this to improve yourself as a wedding photographer instead of being offended after all is being said and done. There is no such thing as a bad feedback for as long as you know how to take everything with a grain of salt.
Learn how to look through the criticisms and opt to take something away from that.
Take note of the things that you need to work on. If it would be possible, list those things down so that you have something to constantly remind you while you are out and about covering wedding events. Getting feedback for the quality of your work is one of the best perks of having some kind of association with the other wedding photographers out there and it should be something that you should look forward to because it means that it will help you improve in what you are doing as a professional.
Hang around with like minded people
Aside from hanging around other professional wedding photographers, you should also make it a point to really hang around other like minded people as well. Reach out to the rest of the artistic community in your area and try to see if you will be able to join those groups and share a certain association with them one way or the other. This kind of company will actually get to enrich your life because you get to have a certain exchange of intellectual and artistic ideas that you would not have gotten anywhere else when it all comes down to it. Look up the different artistic communities in your area through online forums and try to locate them as much as possible.
Brace yourself for challenges
You have to understand the fact that there are a lot of challenges in the lives of wedding photographers and that if you would like to join the ranks, you have to brace yourself for those same challenges. Keeping the company of people who will be able to help you and lift you up during the tough times can be quite helpful in having the stamina to really tough it out and soldier on.