It's unlikely that you were taught how to dream and pursue your passion. (I learned almost everything from YouTube University or Workshops.) I find now more than ever it seems like every influencer, life coach, mentor or whatever is telling us we must unlearn what we have learned from our formative school years where we where taught skills we most likely never use now. We had so many leaders tell us to fit a mold or egging us into a career we weren't necessarily sold out on. I've heard the story countless times of a college dropout pursuing a totally different endeavor with the help of said mentor/coach. Or an even more likely story, a successful career executive finding themselves completely drained and unsatisfied in their high rise windowless office. You know the type. They make great Hallmark characters. We're caught between the tension of a generation before us learning a single trade to invest the next 50 years in and the up-and-coming DIY entrepreneur go-getters.
I'm going to make the assumption that you are a go-getter. That's why you're consuming this material to learn about the industry. This article will come from the perspective of a well intentioned college dropout (Sorry, mom and dad). I mean you know discomfort if you've achieved your degree (unlike myself). I only wish to encourage someone teetering between a 4-8 year commitment of university or someone who finished a degree in a completely different field and now desires a shift with the help from a mentor/coach. Both are valid and I love that. I also want to acknowledge the reader who might be killing it at that day-time hustle and maybe is just pursuing a fun side gig. Ya'll are awesome and there's a spot at the table here as I explain some things I wish I knew when I first started down this career path.
9 things I wish I knew about wedding photography
3. Get familiar with Wedding day timelines. Get so familiar that you can walk through step-by-step with your client while on that phone convo you're gonna have.
5. Make a vendor list. This is awesome to build connections with people in your area and when your wedding client needs suggestions you can easily lead them in a helpful direction. Here's a good list to start your collection:
-DJ or band
-wedding ring brand or jeweler
-hair and make-up artist
-any other vendor you want to list.
6. Back up everything on an external memory source. After learning to edit from an external hard drive I'll never go back. It frees up your computer so it can work well with the editing software you use.
8. Go to workshops or work as a second shooter with another photographer before booking your first wedding. More exposure the better.
7. Go above and beyond with everyone. Read the book the Thank you economy by Gary Vaynerchuck
9. Ask lots of questions. Nothing is worse than feeling stuck.
I have referenced google, YouTube, and photographer friends countless times and still do even to this day 5 years in. I also work a full time cafe job so, being connected to people in the photography industry is vital. I love learning and teaching what I've learned throughout the years. If you'd like a one-on-one session with me I'm teaching new photographers how to start! Click here to find out more. Thanks for reading along! If you have any questions or comments you can always find me on Facebook or Instagram. I would love to hear from you!