Careers Advice - How to Become a Wedding Photographer

Weddings are a continually-growing, money-making industry.
Year after year they become bigger and more extravagant, and brides with dreams of the “Fairy-tale Wedding” pour more money into making theirs the best.
And living in the age of Social Media where pictures hold higher precedence than reality, wedding photographers – specifically great ones - are a hot commodity.
Seems like a pretty stable and beneficial career choice, right?
If it sounds like a bit of you, here is some quick and easy careers advice on how to become a wedding photographer:

  • Buy a decent camera

If you are serious about making this your career, you need to invest in yourself. As great as smartphones are, they are not the correct equipment you need to become a highly-respected and well-paid wedding photographer.
Do some research into the best camera for your needs and look into what professional wedding photographers use.

  • Do some research

You need to know what kinds of images are popular at weddings, and how to carry them out.
This is the fun bit: attend some weddings! If you have any nuptials approaching, ensure that you pay close attention to the photographer used. If possible (when they aren't too busy), ask for any advice, techniques or tips that could get you started.

  • Practice

“Don’t practice until you get it right; practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

Like anything in life, to get better at something you need to practice. You could start by asking friends to pose in your garden or local park to practice positioning and camera angles. Every little helps!

  • Study your craft

There is more to wedding photography than just knowing a great angle and having a beautiful backdrop. When you become a wedding photographer, you are running a business, and this is something that you need to get familiar with before committing to anything professionally.
If you want to start or develop your career and become a wedding photographer, check out our distance learning courses.
Our Wedding Photography Level 3 course covers different elements of the career and will give you a better repertoire for potential clients.
Alternatively, call our Student Adviser team on 03300 563100;  they know the ins and outs of each course and would be happy to find the perfect one for you.

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Sharnie Carter

Careers Advice – How to Become a Wedding Photographer