There is of course much to consider beyond taking pictures. How will you build up a portfolio to show clients? How will you win clients? How will you present your portfolio? What packages will you offer? What equipment do you need? How much post- processing will be involved? How much can you charge and how can you maximise profits? Importantly, can you make a living from professional wedding photography?
There are a number of good books about Wedding Photography. I have yet to find one that does an excellent job explaining the basics in a practical way, but you can pick up a lot of good pointers from various books.
Okay, so your cousin, John only charged you a small amount to photograph your wedding. And you know if you make him his favorite steak he’d tell you it’s free. Well, that sounds like a lot of savings. But, is it really worth it? Would you like to see half of the wedding photos blurred after he took some shots of tequila? If your answer is no, then you have to spend some money on Singapore wedding photography. Your money won’t go to waste if you choose a photographer who is talented enough to give you great output.
It is harder to build a wedding photography portfolio with no experience, but it can be done. There might be a wedding in the family, where you could ask for a short time with the bride and groom to photograph them. It can be a problem if they have hired a photographer who may not appreciate the competition. Alternatively you could hire a model and a wedding dress, hire a local wedding venue or church. Portfolio workshops could be a good option if you are in a hurry, although might be expensive and you have less control. Working as a second shooter at a wedding could be a good option.
However, this should not come at the cost of quality. Though you should not spend too much on the service, you should also not get a photographer who will end up producing bad pictures. The best case scenario is to try and find one who offers the perfect balance between these two issues, so that you can benefit from both.
DJ’s. We once videotaped at a reception where the DJ was to announce the wedding party as they entered. Now I will admit, those people had some difficult last names. Apparently the DJ was not too successful at pronouncing their names. From their expressions, I think he butchered it. Usually the DJ’s have rehearsed it so that the names are pronounced correctly and in order. Well, at least he had the correct order.
Remember to set aside a budget for marketing – don’t rush out and spend all of your start-up cash on equipment. You will need to win clients, otherwise it will become an expensive hobby!