08 SETTING UP AS A WEDDING PRO
Want to take your wedding photography to the next level? Chris Rutter explores what it takes to set up on your own
Last issue we looked at shooting weddings as a guest or second shooter (see page 144 for how to get a digital back issue if you missed it). We don’t recommend you rush into shooting alone: the photography is crucial to many couples and they’ll be very vocal if they’re not happy with your work. If you go into it without being ready, you could kill your reputation before you’ve really got started.
Once you have built up a portfolio of images and got a good idea of what is involved in shooting weddings, you’ll be ready and keen to go it alone and set up a wedding photography business. Many photographers start out thinking that it will take a short time to get started, and that it will only involve working for a few weekends, but just like any professional photography business, making a success of it will take longer and much more effort.