Get a second shooter regardless of the circumstances.
One of the most basic rules of wedding photography is the requirement of a second everything on the photography side of things. You will technically need a second set of photography gear in order for you to be insured enough to bank your wedding photography coverage on it. As night follows day, because of the fact that you will need a second camera gear in the process, you will also need a second shoot to facilitate everything for you. You have to keep in mind of the fact that you will be having a lot on your mind and a lot on your task list during the actual wedding day event. The last thing that you want to do is to be all over the place and miss out on some really important moments because you were mistakenly somewhere else. Having someone else with you will really work out the problems for you. If you cannot afford it just yet, one simple solution would be for you to trade services with your fellow wedding photography friends and acquaintances. You can be the second shooter in their wedding photography gigs and in return, they should be the second shooter in yours. The solution is pretty simple and straightforward and it comes at no additional cost.
Do not run out of batteries and memory cards.
Preparation is key when it comes to wedding photography. And for as far as the memory cards and the camera batteries are involved, there is no such thing as being over prepared when it all comes down to it. Pack up for twice the amount of memory space you will need. Memory cards are pretty light and tiny and they consume next to zero space. You can just slip it in a bag pocket somewhere and be done with it. Make sure that they are all wiped clean to ensure that the space will be maximized for the coverage. Prepare about two extra camera batteries per camera and make sure that they are all fully charged. You have no excuse to your clients if you run out of either batteries or memory space so you might as well make sure that this is something that does not happen to you one way or the other.
Do not miss the family photos.
One of the most important moments in the wedding that you should not miss out on at all would have to be the aspect of photographing the bride with members coming from her side of immediate family and photographing the groom with his side of family members as well. Coordinate this well ahead of time with your go-to person (preferably someone who knows everyone, or one from each side of the family) to make sure that nothing and no one is left out. If there is something that you will need to make sure is done right by all means, then it would have to be this.
Relax and just be yourself.
Don’t try too hard to get people to like you. Chances are, they already like you just fine just the way you are. Just be friendly and engaging and more importantly, treat people with respect and they will have no trouble reciprocating it.
Wedding photographers usually make the mistake of investing in a cheap but flimsy tripod. Out of all of the wedding photography gear and accessories out there, the tripod is one of the most basic and fundamental ones that a wedding photographer should have or invest in.
Buying flimsy tripod
New wedding photographers in the filed are usually strapped for cash. This sort of forces them into a corner and leaves them with no other choice than to settle for cheaper or slightly more affordable photography accessories. This attitude though is something that can bring more harm than good. Investing in a cheap and flimsy tripod is basically putting your expensive camera gear at risk. A flimsy tripod does not provide a platform for your camera that is stable enough to really ensure maximum support. More than that, you will end up wasting money instead of actually saving money because of the fact that you will end up buying more than just one tripod all throughout your career. Instead of putting your gear at risk of toppling over and ruining your camera altogether, it would be so much better if you made one big buy in the form of a sturdy and high quality camera instead.
Not bringing tripod
They also often completely disregard the importance of a tripod altogether by not bringing it at all and leaving it at home instead. There are also other wedding photographers who consider the aspect of having to bring a tripod with them during their wedding photography events a bit of a hassle so they opt to just leave it at home and to not bring it with them during their coverage instead. Wedding photographers in general invest in tripods for a reason. That reason is the fact that tripods can provide tremendous amount of support and stability especially during times when they will need to do a photo shoot in areas that have very limited amounts of natural light. Not bringing it with you in the events that you cover kind of disregards the whole point of owning a tripod in the first place. If you honestly think that this is something that you will end up struggling with one way or the other, you might as well opt to invest in a tripod that is built for easy transport as well. It is something that may cost a little something extra but it will always be worth it at the end of the day.
Extending center column
Wedding photographers also oftentimes misuse a tripod by extending the center column first when they need a little more elevation for their cameras. Another common way for the tripod to be misused would be when wedding photographers need a little elevation for their cameras. They usually opt to extend the center column first because this is usually the very first thing that they see but this is a common mistake and this should not be the case. If you have a need for additional elevation, the very first things that you would need to extend would have to be the legs. You see, the center column is a bit flimsy and when you extend it, you are making an unstable platform for your camera. It weakens the structural stability of the entire tripod device.
If you are planning to make a business out of your passion for wedding photography, then there are a lot of things that you will need to understand and pretty much get out of the way before you even start to pursue it. The main pre-requisite of course is your inherent abilities or skills in covering a wedding photography event. You are probably doing photography as a hobby for the longest time running now and friends and family members have started approaching you to ask if you have any plans of covering events for them in exchange for a service fee. This is where you technically start off with your first group of customers.
Do not be ashamed or do not feel shy in stepping up to the plat and showcasing your skills a little. When you think about it, overcoming your shyness is actually an extremely small price to pay in exchange for the possibly lucrative income and fulfilling career that can come along from a thriving business in wedding photography.
Before you even say yes to a wedding photography gig, you have to make sure that you are absolutely equipped and absolutely ready to really tackle the wedding photography coverage. You have to keep in mind of the fact that the bride and groom are basically entrusting you with one of the most important days of their lives. This in itself is a tremendous responsibility and something that you should take on with vigilance and caution all at the same time. You also need a business mind view, a meticulous attention to details, and more importantly, the right kind of patience to actually be able to cater to a client base one way or the other.
Keep your customer in mind all of the time.
Make sure that you go well out of your way to make your customers happy. At the end of the day, this is probably the best marketing tool that you can ever get to invest in and work on. The happier your customers are, the more they will be able to be repeat customers and the more they will basically refer you to more people who have potential to be your future clients. There is no secret recipe to making your customers happy. When it all comes down to it, all it really takes is hard work and an ongoing commitment to making sure that they get everything that they signed up for and maybe even more. Always make good on your promise. If you promise a certain turnaround time table, then make sure that you are able to follow through on it one way or the other.
You should also make sure that you are able to go well out of your way to really dress the part of a professional in the wedding photography field. Wear clothes that make you look good enough to blend into a formal setting such as a wedding event. It is alright if you over dress a little but it is inexcusable if you end up looking under dressed.
If you would like to start a business from your passion like what most of those wedding photographers out there have been doing, then you should start things relatively right by making sure that you are armed with all of the right kind of formal training that you can possibly get your hands on one way or the other. Enrolling in a wedding photography course is a big leap and can be a really expensive investment but if you are able to choose something that works for you perfectly, then it will definitely be money that ends up being well spent. Research the photography course accordingly. Make sure that the schedule is something that can work for you. You should also really research the teacher who will be conducting the workshop or the course. You need someone who is successful enough and whose photography style is actually compatible with your preferences and particular style as well.
Take your time
It will take a lot of time before you can be considered at par with those expert wedding photographers out there. All good things take time. If you would like to be an expert in wedding photography, it will take a lot of time. As a matter of fact, you might not know this but it actually takes a total of ten thousand working hours before you can become a master of any kind of craft. That is a lot of time. When translated into years, it will take you about five to six years in total. This is not an easy thing to commit to but it does come with its rewards.
Get a job on the side to support you while you are growing your business
Growing a business without having a substantial income source to support you through it can be really tough and challenging and is not the kind of predicament that you should find yourself in. You will need to make sure that you are able to keep things afloat while you are still trying to work things out at some point. This will give you something productive to do while you are waiting for the influx of client bookings in between. This is also great in making sure that you do not have that nervous and desperate vibe in you that can potentially turn off your future clients. You will sound far more confident and you will be smarter in your dealings especially if you are not technically pressured by the aspect of making ends meet just as yet.
Take rejection as a motivation
The point of the matter is that you will encounter a lot of rejections. Do not let this get you down. You will end up getting more no’s than yes. It really is a numbers game. Your pipeline should fill out eventually so just hang still.
Dress to impress
Dress the part. Remember that you are basically representing your clients so it is highly important that you dress appropriately. Dress great as much as you can and make sure that you look good because it is important for you to command the respect of your clients at some point.