A&P noob into wedding photography

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  1. swagisserious

    swagisserious New Member

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    been photographing for about little over six months, looking into wedding photography, but i do not know where to really start

    there is a wedding i plan to bid for later in the year, around November, so i figure i have some time to prepare

    any recommendations on the necessary steps forward to this goal, of course i plan to shadow a wedding photographer etc.

    but on the technical aspects such as writing up what i will be offering the couple, etc. any recommendations? (ie. is it better to just offer the images on a cd, so the couple is not held to buying a booklet, or is it better to offer a booklet etc.)

    again i am new at this so i might not even be asking the right questions, any feedback would help

    my blog is at http://swagisserious.wordpress.com/

    do not have membership yet so i cannot post url's(I added the URL for you -ITW)
     
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  2. SkiMax

    SkiMax OT Supporter

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    you havent had your gear for a year yet...
     
  3. swagisserious

    swagisserious New Member

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    you are right, but i do try to shoot as much i can

    any tips/suggestions about going into wedding photography?
     
  4. Bob Loblaw

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    my advice; dont ruin their special day :hs:
     
  5. NSX

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    Look at hundreds and hundreds of wedding photographs and do your own critique of what works and what doesn't work.

    Then, steal from the best. :)
     
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    I went to your wordpress site. You haven't shot a single set of portraits or candids, you have no experience in photojournalism or timed photography, and nothing I can even pretend to equate to shooting a wedding.

    You need to be shooting people for at least another 6 months/year before I'd even consider letting you think you can shoot a wedding.

    Right now, you would definitely be setting yourself up the bomb.
     
  8. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    you're in LA... find a photographer to 2nd or assist for. I wish I would have started out doing that rather than jumping in head 1st... I haven't done a lot of weddings (12) but I still try to assist / 2nd shoot whenever possible. Working with a seasoned pro is like getting the knowledge of shooting 10 weddings yourself.
     
  9. Jcolman

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    ^^^^take this to heart^^^^ You DO NOT want to shoot a wedding until you've mastered your gear, you're a wiz at low light shooting, you have backup gear, you know how to pose people, you know how to use strobes, you know how to get sharp images, you know how to deal with any and all situations...from unruly guests to nazi church ladies to bridezillas.

    Shooting weddings is one of the hardest aspects of photography that you'll ever encounter. You do not have the experience yet to tackle one.
     
  10. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Yeah, start assisting first. That's what Ive done and now i'm comfortable enough moving into a bunch of my own gigs this year.
     
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    swagisserious New Member

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    point well taken, i assisting as a 2nd shooter for an engagement dinner towards the end of feb
     
  12. iRate

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    thats a start, but engagement dinner is NOTHING like a wedding.
     
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    dude, I think you got this. even without the dinner. Just make sure the glass on your kit lens is clean.

    just by chance - have you posted an ad on craigslist? you can get some great hits from there, particularly in Salt Lake City I believe
     
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    :rofl::rofl::bowdown::bowdown:
     
  15. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Make sure to charge money for your work too.
     
  16. iRate

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    ^ 100% charge. I would say at least 2k for your first gig.
     
  17. nindia

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    please don't ruin someones wedding day

    get more experience
     
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    Thread title says it all...noob and wedding...does not compute.

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  19. iRate

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    ^ LOL

    weren't those images from a wedding in the UK that the photographer was getting sued?
     
  20. Cesium

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    Wirelessly posted via wap.offtopic.com (Opera/9.80 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/4.2.13918/2502; U; en) Presto/2.2.0)

    I don't think i could ever shoot a wedding. Too much pressure to get it right and not ruin somebody's memories forever. Fuck that.
     
  21. SkiMax

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    need a second shooter? :cool:
     
  22. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    very possible. I already have one friend lined up. Weddings are in September (2 of them) and November (1) so far.
     
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    ^ oh thanks. I see how it is!
     
  24. SkiMax

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    haha sweet, I'll make it worth your while at the show tomorrow :naughty: lol

    Plus I'm never going to get an architecture job in this economy so I better start learning weddings :o
     
  25. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    I thought I was an asshole you did not want to be around. :hsugh:

    But in all honesty - You never have any of your work up to see because you're "too busy" or "too lazy" so I don't know if it can be a fit for what the couples I'm working with are looking for.

    And I'm not trying to be an ass.

    Looking forward to it and I'm with you on the job front. I hate the one i'm at now and have been trying for months and months for something else but only a few bites. It's tough. Gotta work for yourself in these times.
     

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