Full time or part time job
Keep a full time or a part time job on the side while you are still growing your wedding photography business. one of the biggest challenges that you will ever come to face while you are still in the process of starting and building up your wedding photography business is the concern of being able to keep things afloat while you are still waiting for clients to book you. This can be a very trying and nerve wracking time and more often than not, at least for the first two years of you opening up shop, you will not be getting a lot of bookings because you still have not spent enough time for you to be able to build up a dependable pipeline for events booked and repeat or referral customers.
Having another steady source of income on the side will help you take the edge off things knowing that your basic needs are all covered and taken care of at some point or so. A job that will get to keep you busy is also something that will help you take your mind off of things while you are waiting for that first big break to help you springboard your wedding photography career until you gain some kind of success out of it. There are a lot of people out there who have maintained full time or part time jobs as well as a wedding photography business on the side. This is something that you should work on achieving one way or the other if you really want to make it in this business.
You will be surprised where your big wedding photography breaks will come from. The best breaks come from the most surprising of sources and at the end of the day, it is something that you should watch out for at some point or so. Always be ready to talk to anyone and everyone. Make sure that you have a nice and clean stash of business cards stacked up and always pretty much ready to go. Be ready to hand out your business cards during wedding events, during symposiums and soirees, and even during regular days when you are not expecting to run across people you might book one way or the other. The point of the matter is that you can never really be too prepared for anything so make sure that you are always prepared every time you walk out of the door.
Seek constant feedback for the quality of your work. One of the best ways for you to continuously improve on your wedding photography skills is for you to seek constant feedback and constructive criticism from your fellow photography professionals. Join forums online and community groups so that you can learn about the things you did right and the things that you might have done better in some of your finished projects. Keep an open mind and do not take offense so easily. Instead, use the things you hear as fuel for a better and for a more improved you.