No amount of training or practice can fully prepare you for working as a professional wedding photographer. If you are thinking about this field as a career choice, here are five tips that every new wedding photographer should know.
You can’t please everyone
You might have done a host of courses you found through the Guild of Photographers, but nothing can really prepare you for the first time you encounter a tearful bride or angry husband.
Weddings, by their very nature, are highly emotional events and sometimes you will be on the receiving end of some of these emotions ‒ and not necessarily of the heart-warming kind. There are times when you won’t make everyone happy and you will have to learn to live with this. Don’t beat yourself up as long as you have tried your best.
Make your schedule work for you
You may choose to work for a company or you may decide to set up on your own. Working for yourself takes a lot of day-to-day planning if you want to get it right, as it is easy to fritter away valuable working hours or leave planning or printing to the last minute if you don’t establish a routine that works for you.
Take care of your equipment
Your photography equipment can be quite expensive so it is worth making sure that you take out the relevant business insurance in case anything should happen to them and also ensure that you are storing these carefully. One option could be to look at Garage Shelving from a company such as www.garage-shelving.co.uk/. This will help to keep the equipment off the floor where it could get kicked or knocked over.
It can be a lonely business
Working for yourself ‒ and by yourself for a large part of the week ‒ can be a lonely affair. You can beat the blues by including meetings with friends or colleague in your weekly schedule and getting out and about as much as you can. Why not start planning your next wedding shoot in your local park?
Recharge your batteries
Weddings can be draining for all concerned, including the photographer, and it is important to prevent burn-out by scheduling some time to relax. There is an interesting article on preventing burnout on the Forbes website, with useful tips whether you are a wedding photographer in Bournemouth or central London.
Boundaries are good
It can be easy to become friends with a couple when you have been involved in the planning of their wedding; however, maintaining professional boundaries is important if you don’t want the happy couple calling you in the middle of the night to talk about their photo plans.