Want to take your wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level? Chris Rut­ter ex­plores what it takes to set up on your own

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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.

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