Being a wedding photographer can be one of the most glamorous—and most stressful—jobs in the world. Depends on the day, I suppose. One thing’s for sure, when it’s all said and done, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. Think about it: We’re responsible for documenting one of the biggest days in the lives of our clients. The images we take will be some of the most important things to remember their day. Talk about pressure.
I love everything about being a wedding photographer. I get to be creative, work outside, challenge myself, meet tons of great people and, most importantly, create artwork for my clients.
If this sounds like fun to you, and you think you might want to try your hand at being a wedding photographer, here are some tips to getting started.
DEFINE YOUR STYLE
How do you see the world? This is what makes us artists. You can teach someone the technical aspects of being a photographer, but it’s very difficult to teach them how to "see." As you start photographing weddings, or any event, for that matter, realize that you can’t be everything to everyone. Be you! Embrace your style and the way you see the world, and figure out how to use your camera to tell that story. Clients will hire you because of your unique perspective.
EQUIPMENT: Phase One IQ250, Schneider-Kreuznach 55mm ƒ/2.8 LS
All too often, I see beginners get what I call tunnel vision. They see what’s right in front of them, and they tend to compress the image and crop in too tight. See the world around you just like you’re standing there. Incorporate the landscape and the architecture. I find that my clients love the big dramatic shots. It’s more than just a wedding picture—it’s a representation of their day. Clients want something beyond just a snapshot. Anyone can do that. They want art for their homes.
EQUIPMENT: Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L USM