If you are a student and you need some extra cash, you can get a job as a wedding photographer. Of course, this job is not limited to students only, and all you need to get this job is some knowledge about the photography. Then, you can start looking for this work. Nevertheless, it doesn’t just happen out of the blue; there are some things you need to do first, and we are going to tell you what those things are. Just finish reading this and you’ll know exactly what it needs to become a wedding photographer.
First of all, you will need to decide on the format of your photographs. Even though the technology has come a long way, you still need to choose a format, because the regular cameras are still being used. In fact, some people prefer them. One format that you can choose id the medium one of 120 mm. This format is really popular amongst the wedding photographers. Also, you could use the traditional format of 35 mm, which is considered to be a lot more affordable. Even though it is not the best of all formats, people think that it is great for weddings, because it shows great results at dynamic environments.
Then, we believe that it goes without saying that you only ought to get the quality equipment. Sure, the cheaper one costs a lot less, but the problem with it is the fact that it could lead to something bad, which can only cause you to spend more money trying to fix that. So, only get the quality equipment without worrying about the price. In addition, when talking about the quality equipment, it should be noted that the lenses have to be quality. They are the most important part of the camera, and you can’t be cheap with that.
While we’re on the subject of lenses, we need to tell you that only the lenses with huge apertures should be bought. They should at least be lenses with an aperture of 2.8. This will come in handy at weddings, where everything happens rather fast and in some weird lighting occasions.
Then, as we said at the beginning, you need to know what you’re doing. If you don’t already have some basic knowledge about photography, we recommend taking a course on it. Only if you know what you’re doing can you be the best in your business, and when you’re the best, everyone would want to hire you. So, the better you are, the more money you’ll make. Once you have a good understanding of the business, you can expect getting your name in The Wedding Guide or any other respectable wedding magazine, and this is going to lead to a boom in your business.
The next thing you should do is to start building up your own portfolio. This is done to show other people what you’re capable of. Basically, it is something like a resume or a catalogue of the photographs, and when people see it, they should feel the urge to hire you, and not some other photographer.
And finally, you need to figure out a business plan. In fact, this is the first thing that you should do. And not only when starting a wedding photography business, but any business in general.