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.