weddings...how to start?!

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rlcummings1223's picture
Joined: 09/19/11
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weddings...how to start?!

I've started to have a few different people ask about weddings now and i've been too afraid to commit to anything like that yet. The latest one that was very tempting I ended up saying no to because i'm not comfortable with flash photography yet and it starts at 6pm with 200+ guests and a 10 person party. The bride is trying to get a lower end photographer for like $1000 or less but is that even possible? Anyone I have found by browsing around starts closer to $2000 for just coverage and no prints. I'm so tempted to help her out and say yes and charge the $1000 to do it, but just ask for $400 up front to go towards a good flash so i can get familiar with it. So have any of you guys dived into weddings yet? how do you make the move??? I plan to upgrade my camera this Spring, so that wouldn't be an issue, but i'm just scared to make that jump and leave someone dissapointed.

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Joined: 11/29/02
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I can only tell you how I am doing it. After putting a lot of thought into it and caving into a bit of pressure from my hubby I made the choice to try and move into weddings. Unlike many photographers I know in my area, I am not comfortable jumping in with no experience so actively started looking for someone who would consider offering an assistant/2nd shooter position. I am thrilled that a few days ago I managed to secure an assistant position with a pro wedding photographer. He currently has 21 weddings on his books this year and has offered the position for the year. He says he allows all his assistants (I will be his 6th) to do some shooting to build their portfolio. I am going to use this year to PB and get the experience as well as get all my questions answered, hopefully learn a lot and come away with all the knowledge I need to take my own booking next year and feel comfortable about it. Hopefully it will allow me to save some money, experiment with his gear before deciding what I need rather than make costly mistakes. I am so excited, the 1st wedding is at the end of March. Bring it on!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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I was going to suggest exactly what Kerry is doing. I've heard of a lot of people being a second shooter at a wedding to get their feet wet. Good luck!

rlcummings1223's picture
Joined: 09/19/11
Posts: 320

i'd love to second shoot but didn't think i was ready yet. Maybe i need to just give myself some credit and do it. I def. would rather second shoot before doing it on my own! Smile

connorsmum's picture
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Go for it! It's a good time to ask before the main wedding season starts.

Joined: 01/18/06
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I've second shot for two weddings and found it to be an invaluable experience. I definitely recommend it if you can do so. However, even shooting special events such as receptions is a good way to practice low-light photography.

Also, I would strongly suggest making sure you have backup equipment if you do shoot the wedding. A backup camera and extra multi-purpose lens or two can save you if something happens.

Good luck!