Skills You Need To Thrive as a Wedding Photographer

images (2)Wedding photography can be a very lucrative endeavor for a budding, talented photographer out there. However, it takes a specific skill set to really thrive out of the gate, and you should be aware of what you would need to succeed. If you can begin the venture with these skills and the right mindset, you could stand to be a highly sought after photographer in your area. Here’s what you need.
Charisma 
images (1)The very best wedding photographers are charismatic. This might sound strange, because yes, you absolutely need the skills first and foremost, but there are plenty of skilled photographers out there. You need to make people like you – after all, you’re spending the most special day of their lives with them! You should be able to make people laugh, exude the right amount of authority, be good with kids and still be personable to both the bride and groom. On the more professional side, keep in mind that you have to come up with ideas of your own and be able to show clients why the ideas that you have presented to them are the very best options for them personally. They don’t know photography in and out like you do, and being able to explain your perspective can prove invaluable.

The Eye 
amy_brian-8Any good photographer needs a vision. They are going to need to visualize impressive, romantic and beautiful scenes before they even happen – perhaps with no idea of the actual venue. You may also have to find a location on your own – not everyone knows exactly where they want to get married. You might have to do a little bit of legwork here, scouting out great locations all around the area so that you have a list of places that you know can offer incredible imagery for couples, the bride, or the entire wedding court if necessary.

Well Versed 
amy_brian-1Part of explaining to clients why you’ll take incredible wedding photos has to do with becoming well-versed in these kind of shots yourself. Take some time to really study some of the best wedding shots that you can find. Gain your own insight about lighting, location, and other aspects that will give your clients a reason to recommend you to their friends and family when they get married in the future. You don’t want to seem like a one-trick pony, so make sure you’re not one!

Adaptable 
One skill that any good wedding photographer has is adaptability. This is crucial because many couples have their own ideas about what they want visually. You have to be able to process this information and create this vision on their behalf. This will mean knowing the ideal time to take photographs, having contingency plans in the event of inclimate weather or emergencies and more. It’s also important to be able to say “no – that will look terrible” (in an appropriate way) when you know in your gut that it’s true.

Ben Jender writes about his career in the arts. His recent work is on the Best Online Liberal Arts Colleges.

KerryG

Kerry Garrison is a wedding, portrait, and product photographer living in Castle Rock, Colorado. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms. Kerry's work can be found at http://kerrygarrison.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/KerryGarrison

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