The wedding photography industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the recent years. What was earlier one man with a camera asking people to stand in a line with the bride and the groom has now become a game of romance and how well you can show it, creativity and how well you can apply it and technical skill and how well you can use it.
One very good thing about wedding photography is that you can keep it as your hobby or make it a career option. No matter which option you choose you has to get into the whole procedure of developing and strengthening your photography skills. You need to build a proper portfolio with your own quirks that can help you get an edge over professional wedding photographers. Once you’ve done up your portfolio, you can start your business.
Let’s start with the basics:
- Getting a good camera: Even though everything is mostly in the hands of the photographer, a good camera plays a very important part for wedding photography. The better the camera, the better the wedding photos. This is one thing taught at most photography courses. You can start your wedding photography career with any camera brand out there but make sure you get an expert opinion and read a lot of reviews. You might just think that you can buy whatever camera and go and shoot weddings, but it’s not that simple. Some clients are familiar with cameras and some want you to carry good cameras at their wedding because a lot of people wouldn’t want you to take a small SLR and roam around the premises. You need to make a well-calculated investment before you get into the business. Cameras are not only important to shoot but are important advertising tools as well. If you are really looking to maximize how many customers you garner, get yourself a big hood for the lens and a flash as well. The more stuff you have, the more people will look at you as a person who knows his job and therefore you’ll be booking more weddings. All you have to do is play tricks on the mind of a potential customer.
2. Budgeting: If you don’t want to spend a bucketload of money on your camera and still want a good wedding camera, then you can get cameras for professional wedding photography within a few hundred dollars and they even come with the proper lens.
3. Strategizing: Go to the weddings of your own friends and family and volunteer to click photos along with the professional photographers. You can follow them and start clicking pictures of what they’re taking. This way once you get an idea of what you have to do, you might end up getting some real pictures which you can add to your portfolio and you will also get the benefit of the lighting used by the photographer and his team. It is always advised that you take up some photography and videography courses that will help you understand what you have to do in greater detail.