Are you looking for advice as a new wedding photographer? You are in the right place. If you are just stepping into the business, it can be quite daunting thinking about what to undertake first. There’s so much to do and think about and you have so many choices and decisions to make.
What style are you going to offer? What preset suits your work? Where can you find clients? How much to charge? Etc, etc. You can learn from others (ahem, hello new friend!) and apart from Photography Farm, there are many courses out there to choose from plus many influencers and so much conflicting advice. It’s a bit of a minefield and the thing I wish I’d known at the beginning, wasn’t just one piece of advice… it was actually numerous little things.
Our Farm community is a very mixed bag in terms of levels of experience, which is one of the things that makes us so unique – in our Facebook group, for example, you’ve got past mentors offering their advice and experience but also brand new photographers chipping in with their thoughts. So with all experience levels in mind, I asked everyone what was the one thing they wish they knew at the beginning of their career – something that was unexpected to discover, something that was passed on to them that has been helpful, or something they would say to a pal that’s pursuing this as a career. Here are some of their responses…
|“Don’t set out to take ‘wedding photographs’. Go take good photographs at a wedding instead.” – Spencer Dungey, Love of Mine
“Get yourself a network. It can be a lonely job if you solo shoot so having a wee crew that you can talk to that get it is brilliant.“ – Jo Donaldson, Jo + Liam
“BE YOURSELF! Don’t try to water yourself down, showcase who you truly are and the right people will find you” – Rebecca Carpenter, Rebecca Carpenter Photography
“Treat your business like a house and give it a really good, solid foundation” – Dale Weeks, Dale Weeks Photography
“Make friends with other suppliers – hairstylists, MUAs, florists, venue coordinators. More often than not, these people will be sharing your photos too – you never know who this may bring your way.” – Jade Esson, Jade Esson Photography
“There are people who have been in the business for 10 years, and there are people who have been doing the same thing for 10 years. Stay fresh and new. It’s your superpower.” – Kristin Sharp, Struve Photography
“Learn to enjoy the group shots. They are the most important photos of the day! They are likely the only ones most people will print and frame. They will also bring you extra income!” – Liana Michelle, Fireflies and Embers
“Spending money on learning/education will see you a far bigger reward than buying that lens or flash that you think you need.” – Tom Langford, Weddings by Tom Langford