As you know I recently released my latest book, Portraits Revealed. It’s been received very well by my readers and I know that many of you are already out there working on improving your portrait photography. Today I want to look at one of the very best niches in portrait photography… and that is wedding photography.
In the United States alone wedding photography is a 9.4 billion dollar industry. It’s not surprising then that wedding photography is also one of the more lucrative types of photography assignment.
The rewards are great, but so are the responsibilities. If you want to work as a wedding photographer then you must be able to produce high-quality shots within a given timeframe and location. There are no second chances. Getting it right the first time is critical.
What Do Wedding Photographers Do?
Wedding photographers typically provide the following services:
- Both posed and candid indoor photography of the wedding couple and their guests before and during the ceremony, and during the reception.
- Posed outdoor photography, often at a park, beach, or other scenic location.
- Formal portraiture in a studio.
- Album creation.
- Selling prints of photographs
- Creation of digital slideshows.
These days many wedding photographers provide galleries online at their web site, so that customers can easily order additional prints.
You Must Be Prepared
The key to good wedding photography – apart from being able to shoot good photos, of course – is being well-prepared ahead of time. This includes:
- Discussing Expectations with the Bride & Groom
- Scouting the Locations
- Creating a Shot List
- Attending the Rehearsal If You Have Time
- Checking Equipment
- Having Backup Equipment and Spare Batteries Available
How Do You Get Into Wedding Photography
If you are a photographer wanting to get into wedding portraiture, then you first need to make sure that you:
- have high-quality camera equipment, and a back-up.
- have experience shooting portraits.
- are ready to take on the responsibility of providing a couple’s precious memories on such an important and special day.
One good idea to get started is by working as an assistant to another wedding photographer. This allows you to break in gradually and “learn the ropes” before branching out on your own.
You should also study up on what comprises good wedding photography. If you would like to learn more about the poses, equipment, lighting and techniques required then you should check out Nick Smith’s Digital Wedding Secrets program. He provides an incredible amount of useful information on almost all aspects of wedding photography, from shooting better pictures to the business end of things including worksheets, action plans, and contracts.
About the Author
Michael Kryzer is the author of Portraits Revealed – a guide to shooting stunning portrait photography. He is also the co-author of Sell Your Digital Photos – a guide to getting started as a freelance photographer.