Setting out as a wedding photographer is a big step. There are a lot of things to do and to pay attention for in the job. But when you have set your determination and have a deep passion of weddings and capturing timeless moments to be recorded in an album that will stand against the test of time, you have passed the first step to a successful career!
So what’s the next step?
Getting your first experience
If you want to offer your skills, you have to be able to provide the proof of your skills. As a photographer, it means you need to have your portfolios ready to be shown.
As beginner this is always the biggest hindrance, mostly because of the fact that you just began on your path and you most likely have few to none experiences with wedding photography.
But don’t despair because there are several ways to get yourself portfolios without risking taking up your first job with zero experience. Find yourself a San Francisco wedding photographer whose style you like or join a community or association that provides mentoring and training to its members. At the same time, this membership can give you the upper hand in competition when customers know that you have your knowledge constantly refined to know the latest trends and gears.
Setting up your portfolio
Photos that you will use in your portfolios have to live up to 3 principles:
- Live up to your style
- Remember the audience
- Same style but not pictures
Arrange your portfolios to show different sides of a wedding but still in way that depicts what kind of San Francisco wedding photographer you are.
Meeting your first potential customer
Remember that you should never consider everyone that comes into your studio ready to pay up and use your service. They also want to look for capable people that are able to capture their wedding with the best quality because it is something that can never be replaced.
Show the best first impression you can. If you are a beginner, this usually comes easy. The passion that you have for photography and putting all your focus in wedding photography are great factors to show positive attitude that usually fires up during your first job.
In the photography business, the main focus of your job will be your clients. This brings you to focus on what the clients think, like, love and reasons for what they do. Showing personal interest like this also indicates your passion and seriousness in getting the job done perfectly.
Reassure your client
Closing down to the date of the wedding, call your client to congratulate them and give them the confidence that you will show up on their wedding on time.
In the party!
Now, we will not be talking about style or photography technique which depends widely on photographers themselves, but the manners and to-watch list so you appear professional and not embarrass yourself and your client later on.
Wear them dress
You will not and strictly prohibited from appearing in jersey, tank tops or shirt in anyone’s wedding party, much less your client’s. This is one of the worst things a photographer can do in appearance, without even doing anything; they stand out in any pictures that have them in it.
Work like a pro
Meaning you should not fumble and running around and fidgeting trying to get the right position. Alternatively, if you had scouted the place before, you can avoid this problem.