How do I get my first jobs as a wedding photographer ?
How do I get my first jobs as a wedding photographer ? Bloody good question! Hopefully you’ll have read my article ‘What do I need to become a professional photographer?’ before you started reading this article.
I’m just going to assume that you know what you’re doing with a camera and you feel ‘ready’ for your first professional photographic foray.
Getting your first jobs is really, really hard and you’ll need to be patient!
To be realistic, your first jobs are going to be at the cheap end of the market and I would say that it’s really, really important that you are 100% honest with your Bride and Groom.
Don’t try and pull the wool over their eyes, and make out you’re great when you have very little experience.
As a first job (or 10) I wouldn’t be expecting to make a huge amount of money on your first job either, I would expect to have my costs covered, dinner and perhaps a bit of cash left over for a beer.
But that wasn’t the question!
I know, I know! The question was: How do I get my first jobs as a wedding photographer? and I tell you that it’s going to be hard, you’re not going to make much money and you need to be honest, but they are very valid points and I think it’s worth being realistic.
If I were in your position as a new photographer, without a portfolio, then I would hit Facebook… HARD.
There is a load of groups on there, I’d focus on ‘cheap /budget’ wedding groups and local wedding groups.
The other thing you need to start telling people is that you are a ‘Photographer’. Yes, you may also be an accountant/delivery driver/care assistant; but from this point forward if people ask what you do, tell them with absolute confidence ‘I am a Photographer’.
You’ll be surprised how many opportunities this throws up.
You can also get some cards printed and put them in local shops, cafes, libraries etc. Carry them with you, if there’s a pin board, then leave a card.
Just keep your focus on the idea that you’re a photographer and the work WILL come. (Especially if you’re doing it cheaply!)