Post # 1
wedding photographers… how did you get your start? It seems that many photographers get started in wedding photography because they know of someone who needs a photographer. I want to get into this business and would appreciate any advice.
I am a graphic designer and dont really like those photos that have a ton of photoshop actions used in them because I feel it takes away from actually knowing how to shoot and the correct lighting. I’ve taken several classes in photography and my favorite photographer is Jose Villa. He is amazing and this is the style I would like to shoot… fine art photography.
Post # 3
@spoonoutmyheart: I have a friend who just started shooting for friends/family, then began advertising on Craigslist. It’s decent money for someone only out of college for a year. He’s good too.
Post # 4
This isn’t really the place for commerical discussions like this, A great photo starts with correct exposure, composition, and lighting, but post processing is equally important…..just as different film types and developing techniques were equally important in the film days.
I think there is a misconception that photographers load a photo into photoshop use a one click action and done! This is hardly the case.
Your best bet is to get into discussions on photography forums, and offer your time for free to assist a local wedding photographer to learn the business and skills.
Post # 5
If you’re looking to shoot film like Jose, why not take a workshop? I think Jon Canlas’s FIND workshops are a bit more affordable than Jose’s, and he’s wonderful with networking and resources as well. Taking a workshop will not only help your skills and give you some portfolio images (although make sure to disclose they’re workshop images) but it will also give you a solid network of photogs who may be willing to let you second shoot or assist, or else recommend you to clients looking for a photographer for portrait sessions to start building a client base.
Post # 7
Digital wedding forum is a great place to find photography discussions with a large focus on Wedding work. There is portrait, boudoir and other work there as well, but most of the content is wedding-related. There is a pro and student side as well, so you can join whichever side reflects where you are in your business.
Post # 8
I strongly advise against offering to shoot a friend’s wedding for your ‘big break’. Chances are you’ll ruin their day with your horrible photos. Wedding photography doesn’t happen over night. The best way I feel is to start off in different (less important, because let’s face it, you can take a family portrait any day but weddings are one offs) field like portraits and then become a wedding photographer’s assistant. THAT is the best way to learn.
Every time I hear someone say “my uncle/sister/cousin/friend has a good camera and is interested in photography, they offered to do our photos!” I want to shake them lol.