I’ve been photographing couples and weddings for awhile, but technically I count last year (sometime in Oct/Nov) as the time I officially started professionally. So it’s been a year. And what a year it’s been. Ten weddings and three engagements. So yeah… I’m grateful for the opportunities and for the couples who decided to take a risk on somebody just starting out.
In the span of one year, I think I’ve grown – finding what works for me and what doesn’t, celebrating my little successes, learning about the mistakes I made and trying to fix them, and suprising yet unexpected, finding my own voice, my own photographic style.
So, I’ve compiled a short top 10 list for photographers thinking about maybe taking their first step too. Maybe not weddings, but I’m sure some of it will be helpful!
- Get off the couch and stop watching Masterchef, The Block, or whatever that takes your fancy. Many times I’d rather be doing something else than something productive, and I’m pretty good at procrastinating.
- Invest in the best equipment you can afford. You could probably get away with cheaper equipment in some scenarios, but it’s going to be pretty difficult for weddings.
- Give your clients your 100%. Then give another 10%. It’s the end of the night, you’ve been shooting since 8am, and you’re zonked. Push forward, and you might find yourself that ‘wow’ image you never thought could happen.
- Be flexible. You can’t stop the various amateur photographers taking pictures, so join the crowd and learn to deal with it.
- Be prepared. Nothing dampens a wedding easier than rain, but rain makes things look soooo different. 🙂
- Be nice. I think this applies everywhere.
- Learn, and keep learning.
- Study the pros, and then develop your own style.
- It’s ok to make mistakes. Figure out how to fix your mistakes, then figure out how to *not make them again.
- Probably the most important thing for me personally – let go, and let God.