Wedding photography

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
Member
425 posts
Helper bee

Have you been a second shooter for a wedding? Being a second shooter for someone who is well-versed in weddings is a great way of getting wedding experience without someone having to gamble on you first. 

Post # 3
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do lots of people use craigslist around you? You could offer cheap service and I’m sure a few brides will take you up on it. Just be honest.. that are a new photographer and would like to build your portfolio. Be sure to use pictures you’ve actually taken, and ask some of your clients if you can use them as referances.

Post # 5
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2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Yes, I’d look for some low-budget brides and show them your work. Craigslist would probably be a good place to advertise like that. 

Shoot some other live events (like birthday/anniversary parties?) or vow renewals to add to your ‘live event’ portfolio.

If you need some bridal shots, ask your friends to put on their wedding dresses for a day for a shoot?

Offer inexpensive engagement shoots and couples mini-sessions. Showing them your work and working with you might be all you need for them to trust you with their wedding.  

Also make sure you have backup equiptment and emergency plans in place. 

Post # 6
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999 posts
Busy bee

I shot my first wedding for free for a friend and that was a great first step to building my portfolio, then a couple of weddings at low cost based on recommendations from friends after I shared those photos on Facebook, and the ball started rolling from there.

The key at the start is portfolio building! (Even if it’s low revenue at the beginning – it’ll help for bookings later big time.)

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  lorelai.
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