Article by Brandis Alves
Would you like to get into the wedding photography business but aren’t exactly sure as to how to go about it? If you are a an avid hobbyist of taking photos, then you’ve already hurdled the very first obstacle, which is to have the skill. However, taking photos as a hobby is a whole different ball game from taking photos for business. Here are some tips, therefore, that can help you get your wedding photography business up and running.
For one, you have to invest in good equipment. If you are as much of an aficionado as you think you are, then you must know the importance of seriously investing in the right tools. It’s not just your camera that you would have to spend for, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other add-ons and peripherals that can allow you to better take photos, no matter who or what the subject may be. There are different lenses for different types of shots, different filters for varying diffusion, reflectors, tripods, tracking dollies, etc. etc. It is actually up to your discretion if you would get all of them at one time. Since you’re just starting up anyway, you can just settle for the basic ones such as the lenses. Besides, at their cost, you would want to take it easy on the spending.
Apart from the equipment, you would also need to work on your PR skills. Taking photos isn’t just about knowing how to angle the camera or how to direct your subject into poses. Oftentimes, the most touching shots are the ones that are candid. It would therefore be important that you know how to establish rapport with your subject enough to let them act naturally even with the knowledge that someone is taking their picture. Since you are working in the field of wedding photography, this becomes all the more necessary because everyone is going to be in such a flurry. It would be up to you to find a way to get a good shot of them amid all the activity.
Also,as you are working in the field, so to speak, you better make sure that you have everything that you need with you. Have a so-called emergency kit so that your work will not be impeded by any technical issues. Bring extra memory cards, for example, or even extension cords and cables for your laptop, printers, lights and whatnot. It sure would be better if you have an extra pair of hands to help you out.
Last but not least, make sure you write out a contract that will provide coverage not only for your clients, but also for yourself. This should stipulate the itemized services you will provide, the agreed upon payment, and the method of payment. Should there be any exceptions, scenarios of cancellation and inability to deliver, these should also be included in the contract. Have a lawyer run by the contract, so that you can just have a fixed template. Just edit out the specific details on a client-to-client basis.
Remember, wedding photography is not just for kicks. It is a business. Treat it like one and soon you will find yourself being a real businessman.
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