I have been doing wedding photography for around 20 years now and for anyone who is looking to make some extra cash or a career from their ability to take photos, this is a great way of doing so. One thing that I wasn’t aware of when I started all those years ago with my friend resident and master photographer, was just how many issues I would run into. And so, if you want to be a wedding photographer, it is important that you are aware of the problems that could be facing you.
The first challenge that you are going to be faced with is actually finding work, this is an industry with a great deal of competition and as someone with no experience, you will find it tough. During this time you will need to hustle extremely hard, attend every wedding fair going and really push hard to network yourself to the best of your abilities. Once you get a few jobs under your belt, finding more work will be much easier so you can not afford to be picky in the beginning.
Juggling Two Jobs
When most people get started in wedding photography, they usually do so to earn some extra money at the weekend. Whilst this is indeed a great way to make a little bit of extra cash, it is important that you understand how difficult it is to manage both a job, and wedding photography. Wedding photography is about far more than simply turning up to a wedding and taking some artistic snaps of the happy couple. After taking the photos, you will need to pore through the hundreds of snaps that you have taken in order to present the best ones to the couple, you will need to develop and you will also need to communicate with the couple about how they want the photos. Doing all this and then heading back to work on Monday is tough and you need to learn quickly how to balance both jobs.
Keeping Everyone Happy
One of the biggest challenges that I face when taking wedding photos is keeping everyone involved as happy as possible. This has been a problem ever since I first started taking wedding photos and it is something that sadly, is unlikely to disappear. If you think that taking great wedding photos is just about ensuring that the bride is happy, then you are sadly mistaken and you will probably have to factor in the opinions of the mothers, the bridesmaids and any other family member who cares to throw their opinions into the mix. The key here is to listen to everyone and just try your best to make the photos what everyone is after. I can tell you now that you will never please everyone so the trick is to please the people who are paying the bill.