Having a passion in photography, one must be dreaming of turning that hobby into a mean of making ends meet. Working your hobby is fun and relaxing, even though it can sometimes stress you out with the workload when a lot of orders come in. Being able to make money while doing something you love is the dream of almost everybody. Especially, wedding pictures. A Lake District wedding photographer works on something he loves for people who are in love while being able to fulfill his own needs. Very poetic.
However, simply being good in taking pictures is almost enough to propel yourself into the business. Business is business; you need clients with money and marketing to reach those people. Sometimes, you can even be overwhelmed; you don’t know where to start except taking pictures like you always do and posting them in your blog or social media.
Build your portfolio
Posting your artworks is the correct first step. If you want customers to even look at you, you need to have something to show to them. If you want any studio to accept you as their photographer, you need to show what you’ve worked on before.
Now, some of us may even wonder, where do I get a relevant portfolio for a wedding photography?
You always have your chances coming. Never forget your camera on weddings that you are invited to. Stealing photographer spots for taking great pictures will also work. If your friends or relatives allow, offer a free service to help in taking and compiling their wedding pictures.
Learn from the expert directly
Being able to learn by yourself is a plus, but if you are able to learn directly from someone who has years of experience of the field directly, you will be able to learn more and you can also mention it as part of your experience for your clients.
Look for this Lake District wedding photographer whose style you like and ask if you can work as his or her assistant. Note down important things such as how to use lightning, which camera to use and when to use, how to take pictures of certain angles so that the people look somewhat ‘better’, how to organize a group of people in a crowded wedding party, etc.
When you’re serious into the business, you will also need to learn how to sell yourself, such as how to make people visit your blog, your social media, your website, your page. Learn SEO skills or hire an SEO expert if possible to modify your page and website effective in driving traffic.
As a beginner in the field, you might not be able to hire SEOs or even build your own website, except through wordpress, blog and the likes. Search google for tips to use for your sites and while offering help to your relatives and friends, use the chance to get them to promote your pictures if they find it satisfying.
Never stop learning
Art is part of trend and trend is something that keeps on rolling forward. Many experienced photographers did not update to the latest style, camera and trend, which is also the downfall of many businesses. It is not limited to wedding photography and to be able to succeed, a Lake District photographer must keep himself updated with the newest knowledge and techniques.