(Closed) starting fine art wedding photography

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

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
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 6
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682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

ilovephotography.com

Post # 7
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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.

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