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5 Tips to Becoming a Successful Wedding Photographer (Tip #1)

1. It’s not easy. Make sure you love it.

It all starts with the foundation. Let’s back up and start at the beginning. Possibly, let’s back up to before you even get started—or maybe you’ve already started, but you’re not full time and are considering taking your business to the next level.

It seems simple, right? I have a digital camera and a computer, so I can be a wedding photographer. Think again. I can’t tell you how many photographers have started out this way, only to be in tears a year or two later because they are being crushed by the mountain of work that’s on top of them.

If you love wedding photography, be sure to take steps to prevent yourself from ever getting into this situation. If you’re already in this situation, make a serious effort to get out of it and go back to the foundation. If you’re serious about it, it is possible! However, if you don’t love it and just thought you could make extra money on weekends, chances are you won’t have the motivation to work through it. Without a passion for what you’re doing, it will eventually collapse, and you’ll be left with a trail of people that are all very unhappy with you which will lead to being unhappy with yourself.

Also, be aware that it’s not just running around with a camera and taking photographs. You are running a business. You set the hours and you are responsible for keeping track of everything. Mel and I love photography, but we also love business. If you hate business, I would suggest looking into having someone help with that aspect. Getting into wedding photography while loving photography but hating business is a recipe for disaster. Seek help immediately!

That wraps up Tip #1. Thanks for reading! If you found this helpful or if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment or two!

Written by Nashville Wedding Photographer Sean McLellan

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