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How to become a Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer

Career progression and salary expectations for a Wedding Photographer

The average starting salary for a Wedding Photographer can vary.

The role of a Wedding Photographer

Calling all photography enthusiasts who also enjoy going to weddings. We know a job that’ll combine the two…A Wedding Photographer’s job is to capture the happiest moments of a couple’s big day on camera, ensuring the outcome is high quality photos – not to mention memories – that will last a lifetime (actual estimates may vary).For a Wedding Photographer no smile, happy tear or loving gaze goes unnoticed. Unfortunately, the same is also true of your uncle’s drunken dancing…Typical duties for a Wedding Photographer could include:
  • Meeting with couples to establish their preferred style of photography
  • Using specialised photography equipment to get the most out of each shot
  • Choosing the right cameras, lenses, mounts etc. for the situation
  • Taking high quality photos before, during and after the big day
  • Organise the venue and decor
  • Editing and retouching images, and delivering them to the couple for final approval
To become a Wedding Photographer, an interest in photography and knowledge of photographic equipment is essential. You must be able to work well with different kinds of people, and adapt your creative style to the couple’s needs and requirements.Weddings often take place on a Saturday, so you must also be available to work weekends, especially at peak wedding season (May-September). You’ll also need to be able to control your emotions at all times.Other key skills include:
  • Creativity
  • Knowledge of software used to process and edit images, such as Photoshop
  • Awareness of photographic styles traditionally used in weddings
  • Confidence and the ability to work in a hectic and fast-paced environment
  • A good eye for detail
  • The ability to see ‘the big picture’
"As a kid, I was obsessed with my Polaroid camera. I can’t say it was the most high-tech photographic style… But as I got older, I started to gain an interest in the technical side of photography, and experimented with types of cameras, using different lenses and lighting. I’d always be the one my friends would call when someone was looking for a photographer for their social events – so I thought hey, this could be my job. To be honest, it doesn’t really feel like work. I get to go to lots of weddings, see people having a great time, and document the day. You even get complementary glasses of Champagne on the job. Sometimes…"

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