Have you always loved looking at pictures of weddings? When you see a bridal party, do you stop and imagine yourself with a camera in your hand? If so, then you should follow that dream and become a wedding photographer. It does not take years of schooling. In fact, online photography courses can train you in wedding photography in less than a month if you have some previous knowledge about cameras. If not, it may take a couple months, but that's not much time to invest in training for a new career.
One of the reasons you'll want to sign up for online classes is that it sends out a signal to the world that you are serious about wedding photography. Not only are you learning from some of the top photographers in the field but you have the opportunity to ask them questions.
Taking time to learn the craft and earn a certificate speaks volumes to current and future clients. You can post your training on your website and include it on your business cards. This automatically gives you a level of professionalism that you would not have if you started out on your own.
Learn to Relax
The more you know about your camera and your craft, the more relaxed you will be when it comes to taking pictures. The photographer experiences a lot of pressure on the day of the wedding and if you can not remember what aperture is best at sunset then you're likely to crumble under the strain.
Having a grumpy, demanding, or pushy wedding photographer can ruin a bride's special day. Not only will she resent paying you for your services, no matter how well the photos turned out but she will tell her friends not to hire you. Word of mouth is the best marketing available to a wedding photographer. Make sure you know what you're doing and are confident in your skills before you take on a bride.
There is nothing more valuable to an artist than honest, and sometimes harsh, feedback. Your mom or dad will tell you that you're doing wonderful and champion you on. Your friends will encourage you. Your spouse will look for the best in your work. And, none of them will tell you what's wrong with your photos or how to fix it. That's because their goal is to see you happy, and they think praising you will accomplish that. It's wonderful to have people like that in your corner, but without feedback you can not progress.
The critique you need can be found through online photography courses. In these classes, you will be given assignments that you turn it each week. The assignments will be evaluated by a professional photographer whose goal is to make you a better wedding photographer. That means they will not hold back when they tell you what they think of your photos or how to improve them. Which is exactly what you need to become the best wedding photographer you can be.