Professional wedding photographers have an immense responsibility to make sure that the special moments of the big day are captured and presented to the couple in a pleasing manner. Most people do not give much thought to the stresses that are present in this career. Here is a list of the ten most difficult things you are likely to encounter as a wedding planner:
1. Launching Your Career
The best way to get hired for a wedding is to have experience and the only way to get experience is to have people hire you. This is a frustrating position for many launching their own business career, and wedding photography is no exception. You must persevere if you want to become a success. Set up a professional looking website, start blogging, get involved in social media, get in touch with other local photographers and see if you can work with them. Be proactive and don’t give up, if you start out as you mean to go on then after your first few bookings it will then hopefully start to snow ball.
2. Managing the Business Side
While you may love the art of photography and have a great deal of skill in it, there is more to running a wedding photography business than the actual picture taking. You may need to hire a few professionals to ensure that your business gets a good start.
An accountant can advise you on the financial aspects of your investments and income though you may be able to handle the weekly book keeping on your own. You are also going to need a strong online presence. This includes a website, blog and social media accounts that are all well-maintained. You website is your shop window, it doesn’t matter how good your photos are, if your website looks dated you could be losing business, make sure you have a high quality website that reflects you, your style and photos. Hire a web design or set up a WordPress theme that can costs as little as 60 dollars.
3. Seasonal Fluctuations
Although weddings take place throughout the year, there are times when they are more popular than others. For instance, June is an incredibly busy month for those in the wedding industry. The challenge with seasonal work is that you may have weeks or months without many weddings because people simply are not getting married. So when planning and looking at your finances bear this in mind, the summer maybe great, but come the winter bookings will tail off, and so will your income. That being said this is a great time to up date your website, blog and start promoting yourself.
4. Balancing Work and Personal Commitments
A career as a wedding photographer can be incredibly time-consuming. The work tends to take place at the same time as most social events, such as the weekends. This can make it difficult to keep up with personal relationships.
Make sure that you set aside time to spend with your family and friends on a regular basis, even during the busy season. This can include dinner a few nights each week at home or hitting the gym in the early morning with a friend.
5. Time Consuming Career
There is a great deal of work that goes into crafting a successful career and business owner. While most people understand that you have to spend time at the actual shoots, it can be more difficult to explain all of the other time you must dedicate to your career. You will be spending your a day at the wedding capturing it all, then and hours the next day editing it all.
In order to create a positive brand image, you must work on marketing and Internet interactions. There is also a great deal of paperwork that goes into each job and keeping up with changes in the industry is an ongoing drain on your time.
6. Staying Calm When the Pressure is On
Weddings are a tremendously important event for the bride and groom, who will want everything to be absolutely perfect. No matter what challenges you encounter during a wedding photo shoot, it is essential that you remain calm, cool and collected. You do not want a reputation as a photographer who ruins weddings with outbursts or other inappropriate behavior.
7. Creating a Comfortable Living Wage
While you can certainly make money taking photos for weddings, if you are serious about your craft, then you need to earn enough money to live comfortably. This is a challenge that you will have to address regularly in order to maintain the income you desire.
Once a job is complete, and the happy couple is off on their honeymoon, you may experience a bit of an emotional and mental hangover. Wedding shoots are highly emotional events that take several hours to complete. Being on your feet all day can be tiring, an early start and late finish can take its toll, ensure you balance this and get the rest your need the next day.
9. Developing Positive Interactions with Everyone
During each job that you take, you will need to interact with the wedding party and other professionals who are serving at the event. This can present a wide range of personalities for you to deal with. The more at ease you can make others, the smoother your job will be. Everyone is there to have a good time, so make sure you embrace it and enjoy it with them, if they feel relaxed and comfortable it makes your job a lot easier.
10. Evolving Your Artistic Style
Although there are new trends in weddings each year, if you are interested in the art of photography and not just making a dollar, you will want to develop your personal artistic style rather than following every trend that pops up online. You can create a niche for yourself and experience reputation gains.
Although these challenges are difficult to face, if you are serious about developing a career in wedding photography, you will need to face each of them and find creative solutions so you can enjoy your work.