If you’re having a wedding, you’re likely going to want wedding photos so you can remember the occasion in great detail. The only problem with this is that wedding photos aren’t free — not good ones anyway. That said, you’re going to have to just bite the bullet and deal with wedding photographer prices.
Put together a bride’s emergency pack for the big day, that your chief bridesmaid can keep at hand for you to use before the photos are taken. Include a lipstick, tissues and wet wipes, powder and mascara, and of course a mirror, so that you can repair smudges and shininess brought on by so much emotion!
For example, a good wedding photojournalist (documentary style) takes some discipline and experience. If you choose a more traditional photographer, not trained in documentary style, and you expect him to do his journalistic style of wedding, you will not be happy. It takes a certain mindset to focus on the specialty. This is true of any style you choose.
The only way you can arrive at hard conclusions is by trying. That will allow you to establish a track record. If you think the numbers for a particular show almost add up, then take a stab. Go to a show or two, and when it is over do a careful analysis of your costs and returns. Then you can establish a reliable “Target Conversion Rate” — a number you can seriously shoot for and expect to reach — and then you’re in business. Preparing a trade show budget for next year will be a piece of cake.
When planning your wedding hair and make-up, make sure that it will work well in photos. Your make-up artist will advise on this, but it might be a good idea to have a few photos taken at your makeup trial in natural daylight to see how it all works on camera. This will give you more confidence on the day, so that you can relax into the photos and not worry about how you look. Just remember that a professional wedding photographer will make you look a thousand times better than photos taken by your best friend on a small digital camera, so don’t worry if they are not perfect. If your budget allows, it is well worth while booking a pre-wedding shoot with your wedding photographer to combine with the make-up trial, so you get a really good idea of how you will look on the day.
Don’t try to fit every family member and combination thereof into your photo session. The little ones will wander away, your second cousin twice removed will be at the bar and grandma won’t appreciate waiting around too long.
Many photographers offer different packages, so that they can stay within most price ranges. Naturally, the lower priced packages will include fewer pictures. Other factors involved are the size of the pictures and whether you want them in black and white. Go over all of the packages that the various photographers offer and decide what pictures you can do without. Do you really need the photographer to follow you around and capture every second? This will help you save a lot of money.
If you are going to succeed in this business you need money or any other source of income, because it takes time to establish yourself in business development and portfolio entries. References and referrals are very important. You do not just put up a sign and wait for the business roll in.