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Wedding Photographer: An easy job?

By: Phil Stephans

I became a wedding photographer by accident. A close friend was getting married and the wedding photographer she'd hired pulled out at the last minute. I'd never considered photography as a profession before that point - you're not supposed to enjoy your work, right? So I was asked to photograph my first wedding, and I loved it.

My friend was over the moon with her photos. And so was a workmate of hers that saw the photos, and she asked me to photograph her wedding. And that's where it began.
Wedding photography is not a hobby. A lot of people look on wedding photographers as someone who works one 1 day a week doing what they love, and getting paid big bucks for it. This couldn*t be further from the truth.

The average wedding involves 10 hours of photography, 20 hours of post-wedding image processing, and 5 hours album design. And that doesn*t involve consultation time with the couple, as well as time spent on marketing and budgeting.

During wedding season it's a 7 day a week job. The chance of taking any holidays over spring/summer/autumn is non-existent!

A wedding photographer needs to be a great communicator, cool under pressure, able to think on their feet. They need to be able to defuse a tense situation, or inject a spark into a flat moment. They need to be able to invoke the expressions and emotions that make great photos.

In reality, wedding photography is 80% admin, marketing or business related work, and 20% photography.

And for every successful wedding photographer, there are 25 weekend warriors trying to earn money to pay for their hobby, and 10 disheartened, failed full time photographers.
If you*re looking to start out as a wedding photographer, there are some things you need to have in place before you begin.

Firstly, and most obviously, a great camera. And a backup. You need to know these cameras back to front, inside out. And you*ll need lenses. Wide angle, middle range, and telephoto. And flashes. At least 2.

You*ll need batteries, for the cameras and flashes. At least 2 spares for each. And you*ll need a few changes of batteries for your flashes.

You'll need memory cards too. I favour having lots of smaller size cards 每 if one dies on me I won't have lost all of the clients photos.

And you*ll need a mobile storage/backup device. As soon as the card comes out of the camera, you*ll want to back it up. Losing someone*s photos is not a great way to generate word of mouth business!
You*ll need a few suits, a few shirts. You*ll need comfortable shoes 每 you'll be on your feet all day.

A great website is a definite must. Your website is your shopfront 每 it's not something you'll want to have done half heartedly.

And you'll need marketing material 每 brochures, business cards, price guides. And a plan 每 how are brides going to find you? And how will you convince them that you*re the wedding photographer for them? Compare your portfolio to other professionals in the area#how do you stack up?

And you'll need patience. It will take time to build a business. Years.

Also factor in an advertising budget. Be it advertising in magazines, in Google Adwords, Facebook or other streams, you*ll need to get the word out.
I've been blessed that I've never needed to spruik my wedding photography services at a bridal fair, but you may have to.

Wedding photography is a passion more than it is a business.

I like that it*s a bit of a mystery where it will take me. I've photographed celebrities, gold medal Olympians, and professional sports stars. But still, the biggest buzz I get is photographing two people who have that unspoken bond, that unspoken connection, on the day they tell the world, in front of all the people that they love and care about, that they want to be together forever.

And I like that people love what I do.

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Newcastle Wedding Photographer, Silver 7 photography provides Wedding Photographers in New Castle, the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Mid North Coast of NSW.

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