Show me the money


Start-up costs

For wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy your main ini­tial cost will be the kit. You’ll need a range of lenses from wide to tele­photo, and ide­ally two Nikon cam­era bod­ies. To min­i­mize the cost you could con­sider hir­ing the spare body and ex­tra lenses, but make sure that you are com­pletely fa­mil­iar with them be­fore the event.

On-go­ing costs

Travel, ad­ver­tis­ing and re­plac­ing or buy­ing new kit won’t be cheap if you want to do more than a few lo­cal wed­dings or com­mis­sions per year.

How much can you earn?

You should be able to make around £50 to £100 or more from a typ­i­cal por­trait ses­sion, de­pend­ing on the time in­volved. For wed­dings you should look at mak­ing £500 profit at the very least for a full wed­ding shoot, as this will take at least three days of time pre­par­ing, shoot­ing and edit­ing the pho­to­graphs.

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