If you are just starting out as a photographer, getting into wedding photography can be one of the ways to get your foot in the door. Not only will it give you good exposure (no pun intended), but wedding photography is also a quick and easy way to earn money as a photographer compared to other niches. If you are thinking of getting started, below is a guide that will help.
Understand Story Telling
A wedding is a story. It is not just a series of photos snapped in a hurry. If you are to become a wedding photographer, you must have an eye for a story and capture your pictures in a way to tell the story. A wedding is about love. It is about two people coming together to share their lives forever. A good photographer is one who can capture the emotions at a wedding, the joy, sorrow, anxiety, anticipation, family, and everything in between. This might require you to do research and check out what other notable photographers have done before.
It is extremely difficult to survive as any form of photographer if you do not have a good network. You should consider reaching out to wedding photographers around you and ask them for guidance on things like the best equipment to use, where to get potential clients and how to spread your networks with other wedding planners to get recommendations to do wedding shoots.
The best way to learn about wedding photography is to accompany a well-established photographer. Volunteer to shadow a wedding photographer and watch what they are doing and how they are interacting with people at the venue. You will learn a lot by attending several weddings. You can go with your camera and take a few shots yourself then compare and contrast with what the expert photographers have done. Do not shy off from starting at the bottom. Before you know it, you could be among the best in the field if you put some dedication and passion into it.