2 Most Difficult Things About Being an Alternative Wedding Photographer

alternative wedding photographerEver heard someone say “the job of an alternative wedding photographer is easy! Anyone can do it”? Well, if that were the case, then you wouldn’t need to hire the services of a professional, now would you? Just like how you get a lawyer to advise you on certain legal issues and you entrust your finances to a banker, the job of a photographer is to safeguard your memories by recording them on camera.

You don’t see people talking about how anyone can take up the role of a lawyer overnight now do you? This requires a lot of practice and learning which is the case for a photographer. So, if you are thinking of taking up photography, reflect on the following 3 things and conclude on whether or not it is the job for you.

#1 Getting Started Is Not Easy

Thinking that photography only requires you to have a properly functioning camera and a passion for the art? That could not be further from the truth! Although having a passion for your job is good and you definitely need a high caliber camera, those are not the only things the role will demand from you.

To get started as a professional alternative wedding photographer, you will need perseverance, hard work and…. experience. Not everyone one is willing to test the fates and risk the turnout of their wedding images by hiring a beginner. As a result, getting your first job might take a while unless you have friends and family members that are willing to give you a try.

You might also gain relevant experience by serving as a secondary shooter for an already established professional. Going out for events with this professional will also give you the chance to network with guests you come across and hopefully get your first opportunity.

Don.t forget the fact that you are also going to be needing more than just a camera to go about the task of producing awe inspiring pictures. The picture taking is not the only thing you will need to do as the job of a photographer also extends to editing said pictures. You will need to purchase editing tools which are not cheap. The batteries, lenses, gear, hard drives and memory card are also essential requirements.

#2 You Have to Be a Jack of All Trades

Starting out in photography pretty much means you are still trying to get a proper hold of the business. You are trying to grasp a lot of knowledge to make sure you remain relevant and at the same time, you are trying to fetch in new clients, cover events, keeping tabs of your expenses, make sure that income for jobs you covered are coming in and also liaise with customers on the state of their pictures. Basically, you are just one person engaging in the roles of 5 other people.

That is, you are the marketer, customer service personnel, manager, secretary and accountant. You are wearing so many hats at once and sometimes, it can get tiring but the thought of making a name for yourself as an alternative wedding photographer.

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Alternative Wedding Photography Basics

alternative wedding photography basicsOne thing to help you save up on your overhead costs as a wedding photographer is checking out the alternative wedding photography basics available to you and to the projects that you are trying to get under way. You should always be looking into the alternative options you have one way or the other. The best options that the market has to offer will not always turn out to be the most affordable ones. This is not something that you can get into as much depth and detail in as a new wedding photographer especially if you don’t have the kind of financial reach and stability to keep things sustainable just yet. Keeping your eyes and ears open for other more budget friendly options out there will really make all of the difference in the world when it all comes down to it. Make sure that you get things checked out all the time so that you don’t end up getting way in over your head. You need to be able to afford the stuff that you are going for after all has been said and done.

Second shooter

You don’t always have to pay the second shooter. Strike up interesting and cost efficient deals with the people that you know who are more or less in the professional photography vertical. You don’t always have to pay for everything out of pocket. You need to understand that when it all comes down to it, you can always come up with alternatives for what you are trying to pull off in a way or so.  Try to contact your friends or the other people that you may happen to be close to in the wedding photography industry. At some point, there is bound to be a person or so who may also have the same problems that you are getting. The trick there is for you to find people who may have the same issue that you are getting with the second shooter issue. This way, you can propose a mutually beneficial agreement. Offer to be the second shooter for someone else and in return, that other person should be the second shooter for you and for the weddings that you shoot as well.

Photography equipment

Other smart alternative wedding photography basics will pan out to photography equipment. You don’t always need to buy the gear that you need. Although this may sound a bit tricky or complicated, it really isn’t. The main underlying principle here is for you to find out how you will be able to really go ahead and bridge that proverbial gap between getting the stuff that you need and not having enough money somewhere in the process. You can always opt to borrow or rent stuff out in the meantime just until you are able to pool enough funds to actually buy the equipment that you need for your professional career as a wedding photographer. There are a lot of places that actually make a business out of renting professional photography equipment out one way or the other.

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