Is Wedding Photography Right For You?

Bride and photographer

Bride and photographer

In the world of photography, weddings seem to be where much of the money is. New photographers, excited by the love and energy of ceremonies and receptions, might be tempted to jump right in and start a wedding photography business without putting a lot of thought into the ins and outs of the field. Before you get started, remember to take into consideration all of the factors that go into this type of work.

Can you take consistently good photographs?

Wedding photography is about documenting all of the little memories that happen on one special day. As a photographer, you must capture these fleeting moments as they happen. There are no do-overs. Practice your photography until you can achieve the results you want with nearly every shot. This will not only ensure you give the couple the lasting memories they want, but sticking with a consistent style helps you build a distinct portfolio.

Do you like weddings?

This sounds like a silly question, but it’s important that you enjoy weddings and being around lots of people if you go into the field of wedding photography. You need to love celebrating couples and all the planning that entails. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time at weddings and talking about weddings.

What’s your schedule like?

Most weddings take place on weekends during the summer months. Decide whether or not this scheduling will work for you and your family. Even if you only work on one day each weekend, a full day of covering a Saturday wedding might leave you too tired to seize the rest of the weekend on Sunday. Be prepared to deviate from the typical 9 to 5 work week.

Do you work well under pressure?

Nothing will ever go exactly according to plan on a wedding day. Wedding photographers must be flexible and think on their feet when there’s a last minute schedule change or inclimate weather sends guests running for cover. Photographers who appear calm and collected amidst chaos are well suited for shooting weddings.

Do you have the right gear?

Wedding venues can vary from idyllic beaches at sunset to dim churches to moonlit courtyards to fluorescently-lit gymnasiums. You’ll need the right equipment to work with these drastically different lighting conditions. On top of high quality lenses and lighting equipment, you’ll need all of your gear to be dependable. Don’t underestimate the need for good memory cards, a backup camera, and lots battery power.

Can you stand out from the competition?

Unfortunately, beautiful photography and a love of weddings are only part of the equation when it comes to wedding photography. In most areas, there is an abundance of photographers for couples to choose from. You’ll need to compete by offering something different, whether it be a unique shooting style or competitive pricing. Creating a business plan is a vital part of starting a wedding photography business.

If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you’re ready to explore your options and build a portfolio. Wedding photography is hard work, but with the right attitude and preparation, it can also be highly rewarding.

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​Nicoal is a New England photographer with a penchant for learning. Her work ranges from nature-inspired portraiture to outdoor product photography. Visit nicoalprice.com for more info.

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