How To Get Into The Destination Wedding Photography Market – Image of the Week #414

Sophie Alexandria was in my very first mentoring group. It’s been wonderful to see her career accelerate since then. When we met she was in a demanding full-time job but hoping to give that up and pursue photography as a serious business. She’s now fulfilling her dream of working full-time as a wedding photographer and with couples fully aligned with what she aims to attract. So now it’s time for her to level up again.

Sophie has her eye on the destination wedding photography market. For her, this would combine a love of travel with her job. These days, it is not enough to hashtag some places that you would like to work in. If you are serious about getting into this market, you need to create some content in the destinations where you wish to shoot weddings or elopements.

It is hard work pulling together shoots just in the UK but doing it abroad is much more challenging so I really admire that Sophie orchestrated this one and now has a bank of gorgeous images to market this side of her business. I say this over and over again – Show What You Want To Shoot.

What is especially charming about this image is that car, it makes the image look like it could be from another time. It reminds me of the shots that Elliott Erwitt took of couples in cars in the 1950s like his famous California Kiss which was also shot at sunset.

Sony a7iii | Sony 35MM G 1.4 | f/1.4 | 1/2500| ISO 100

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What Sophie Said…

“We were just about to wrap the shoot up when the driver took us to this old rustic-looking harbour, at first I thought “hmm this looks really flat and meh” but when I turned around, I saw the sun setting behind the hills! So I got the driver to verrrrry quickly turn the car around (I think we had 2 minutes before the sun was totally gone) so I could capture this sweet moment of Ioana and Josh watching the sun go down. Just like the movies 😉

I always shoot between 1.4-2.8, unless I am on the dance floor and using flash! I love shooting wide open and the depth it gives to your images. Don’t be scared to!”