1. Prepare yourself gear-wise
Your gear is your first line of defense. Without it, your career in professional wedding photography is just not possible in any way, shape or form so this is the most significant starting point in everything. Start off with a nice and steady DSLR camera that will be able to deliver high resolution photos without having you going bankrupt just yet. You are still starting out, after all. Regardless, this is probably the wisest investment you will ever get to make to help kick start your professional career.
2. Scout the wedding and reception venues two days or so in advance
It pays to familiarize yourself with the wedding landscape so that come event day, you are able to get it all figured out. You will know how and where to position your subjects and you will get to know where the best spots for photographing are. Know the venue like the back of your hand and everything else should come along easy as pie.
3. Have a long and meaningful conversation with your clients before planning anything out on your own
Sit down with your clients and take time to really list down the things that they would like to get out of your services. This will also be the best time to ask if they will be able to allow you any artistic liberties and where the perimeters lay with regards to the things that you basically decide on your own.
4. You need to have more than one camera
You need a secondary camera for when things go awry with your first one. It is an absolute requirement and there is just no negotiating out of this one at all. Having a secondary camera that takes pictures just as well and as high quality as the first one will ensure that you will be able to continue filming the event even if something happens to your primary camera of choice. It also makes it easier for you to switch in between lenses because you can just mount them on different cameras and swap in between cameras instead.
5. You need to have more than just one lens
And speaking of lenses, you need to have at least two to start off with. A wide angle lens is required for this group photos that is just an absolute must for wedding photography. You’re also going to need a macro lens for the more romantic and close-up shots that are also quintessential to wedding photos.
6. You need to have another person to assist you in covering the event
An extra pair of hands is needed for all the equipment that you will be lugging around with you. This holds particularly true if your client has signed up for both wedding photos and videos. You just can’t do both at the same time throughout the event.
7. Make sure that you are able to back up your files
Store your files in different places and using different mediums. Files are oftentimes corrupted when stored solely in memory cards so invest in great hard drives and computers that you can transfer them in as soon as you’re done filming.