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How to become a wedding photographer?


How to become a wedding photographer?



The bride and groom represent pure happiness, the groom’s mother dries her tears and the rest of the guests are waiting impatiently for the bar to open. No one can capture these moments better than a professional wedding photographer. He is the person everyone turns to to capture a magical moment that will be preserved and cherished in albums forever.

These days, weddings are getting bigger and bigger. As everyone wants the big day to be unique, the demand for wedding photographers is high. If you have an artistic eye, a passion for special occasions and a talent for retouching, becoming a wedding photographer could be a good career choice for you. Follow our guide to find out more!

What salary can you expect?

Your potential salary as a wedding photographer will depend on a number of things. First of all, as a freelance photographer, your salary will depend on how many weddings you have photographed, how many hours you work during a wedding and your experience. If you work in an agency, you will probably earn an annual salary adjusted to your experience and talent. A beginner’s salary will be between 18,000 and 20,000 euros per year. A more advanced role will bring you between 28,000 and 34,000 euros per year. Finally, your salary will depend mainly on your abilities. If you can take incredible pictures, you will get more attention and more work opportunities.

How do I become a wedding photographer?

We are not going to lie to each other, living your life as a wedding photographer is not easy. That being said, it is not completely impossible either, and there are several steps you can take to give yourself a bit of a head start on the competition.

    Having a thorough knowledge of all types of photography is essential. Not all weddings are the same and you will need to adapt to the needs of the clients. To do this you will need to be prepared for all conditions and offer an impeccable service.

    To succeed as a freelancer, it is important to have a certain business sense. In a highly competitive market, you will need to know how to make your work visible, get yourself noticed, and build a network with your potential clients, current clients and former clients.

    The biggest advantage to have when trying to break into the wedding photography business is to have a great portfolio. Whether you are taking pictures in your spare time, for a friend or any other reason, building a portfolio will show your potential clients your eye, your style and your talent.

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What degree do I need to become a wedding photographer?

Strictly speaking you do not need a diploma to become a wedding photographer. All you need is your camera, lighting equipment, retouching software and your eye to take the right shot. If you are starting a freelance career, it is not imperative to have a degree but it is very important to have an excellent portfolio.

If you want to pursue a career in an agency, you will need at least a degree in photography or something similar. Your license will allow you to learn all the skills you need to excel in your career, and will prepare you to take pictures of all possible and imaginable scenarios, in all conditions.

Who are the most famous photographers?

If you’re seriously thinking about becoming a wedding photographer, you’ll probably want to take a closer look at the great wedding photographers. Once you understand how they go about making this magical day even more magical, you can draw inspiration from them by adding your own style. Here are some talented wedding photographers:

  •     Ben Chrisman: he has managed to bring a touch of creativity and imagination to his work, turning sometimes simple photos into masterpieces.
  •     Jonas Peterson: Applying himself to colours and filters, Jonas is an expert at capturing wedding photos in large open spaces.
  •     Kitty and Craig Fritz: for stunning wedding photos, look no further.

Just starting your career as a wedding photographer? Or do you have some good advice for anyone just starting out in this profession? Tell us all in the comments below!