Photography isn’t a gig that pays well. However, if you go down the commercial wedding route, you can earn a decent pay cheque and have a great time too! It’s not a large step from artistic to a destination wedding photographer; in fact, they are largely the same thing. Especially in Vilnius Lithuania – It’s All About Getting Married!
In this day and age, couples want unusual and bold images of their big day. All you need to do is get some experience and away you go!
Become a Destination Wedding Photographer
Sweet Talk the Big Guys
Do your research online and compile a list of destination wedding photographer you like. Contact these people through email, and do all you can to get tips from them. Where possible, ask them to give up some of their time to do a small workshop with you (although don’t expect to get this for free).
Build a Portfolio
To begin with, you may have to do some wedding gigs for free (or very cheaply). Taking pictures at a family wedding is always a great place to start; or you can prey on a budget ceremony. Alternatively, ask any friends who still have their wedding dresses to do a shoot with you. Build up a portfolio you can be proud of.
Pimp Your Website
Your website will be the main reason why people contact you in the first place. You’ve got to make this good. Choose a company name and design a fantastic logo that reflects your style and talents.
Network with Other People in the Industry
Join any wedding photography groups or forums you can and start building relationships with other wedding photographers. Network with other wedding vendors (florists, caterers…etc) in your area, as they may recommend your services in the future.
Maintain Unimpeachable Professionalism
When you get a destination wedding photographer gig, remain utterly professional at all times. Arrive very early to the wedding venue ceremony and allow yourself to walk around the area, familiarizing yourself with the terrain. Brainstorm photo op ideas for later and come prepared. Do not allow any room for mistakes. Losing the wedding photos accidentally would be a travesty.
Always bring back-up cameras with you, multiple lenses, plenty of batteries (including rechargeable), and all the memory cards you can get your hands on. You never can be too careful. Bring your laptop, so you can photo dump, when things are quiet. Technological disasters do happen, so make sure you THOROUGHLY back up anything you take.
The wedding party will be freaking out, in the run up to the ceremony. Make sure you’re easy to contact through email or on the phone, and that you reply swiftly. Meet up with the couple several times to discuss what they want and work out pricing. How much will the wedding party pay for, if it the wedding takes place overseas?
Once the day is done and you’re sure everyone is happy with the photos, ask for referrals for the future. Also ask whether it’s okay to use some of the pictures on your website.
These are some of the ways to start to become a Destination Wedding Photographer. Another idea is to tap into the Green Wedding niche and market yourself as the Green Destination Wedding Photographer