Nuno Silva shares the story of going pro as a wedding photographer
In hindsight, it was lucky that I was laid off at work a few years ago, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. I was already assisting a wedding photographer, learning how to deliver great images and deal with clients and the pressure of shooting a wedding. I decided to go for it alone, and booked in my first solo wedding.
Everything on that first shoot went to plan. The couple was amazing and their wedding had everything a photographer could want – it was held at a gorgeous manor house and they even had a cart and horse to take the bride to the ceremony. The light was great in the church, too, which doesn’t always happen! I planned everything really carefully to make sure I could capture every moment.
The pro approach
Now I’m used to the ins and outs of wedding photography. I find clients at wedding shows and venues but also via social media – a good-looking website is essential if you’re going pro, and Twitter and Facebook are great for showcasing your best work and sharing info with clients.
At a wedding I’ll shoot around 700 images. My style is best described as photojournalistic, where very little intrusion is made into the event. Some of my favourite shots are now the stars of my portfolio, such as this frame picture  – props add an element of fun to group shots. I combine these with classic images, like this portrait of bride Amy . I’m always watching out for little details as well as the big moments, and I carry a 105mm macro lens for closeup shots.
It can be scary taking the plunge into wedding photography, but I’m so glad I did. It’s not the easiest career, but shooting a couple’s big day is a rewarding experience.