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All My Advice to New Wedding Photographers

I don’t write my blog for other wedding photographers, but much of my audience consists of them. Every now and then, I’m tempted to do a post about such-and-such thing that has worked for me or such-and-such resource that is great for beginners. Instead, a few weeks ago (blogging can be a slow process), I started brainstorming an “all my advice” post. Everything I can think of to say to new wedding photographers about what I’ve learned so far. Here goes. And in no particular order.

Work like a dog. There is nothing easy about running a business, getting clients, networking, growing your skillset or juggling responsibilities. You will have to work hard to make all of these things happen. Any of the photographers you hear about whose success “fell in their lap” are lying, or they had access to resources most of us don’t. The rest of us have to work our asses off to make it happen. You’ll have to do the same. Don’t expect success if you don’t put in the time and effort.

ElissaMarch 27, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Holy resource, batman! I’m going to share this with some aspiring photographers. Thanks for this crazy post :)

AndreaMarch 27, 2014 - 1:34 pm

This is a great post. Thanks for sharing your knowledge/experience. Starting out can be tough so it is always nice when other photographers are real about what it takes to start/sustain a biz. :)

Kandise BrownMarch 27, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Great advice, Amber. :)

Kathy AngelMarch 27, 2014 - 4:08 pm

You’re awesome. Thanks for the helpful info. I’m trying to do more DC elopements on the side so it’s good to know Yelp is a starting point for possibly getting more smaller inquiries. Great post! :D

Sue MosherMarch 27, 2014 - 4:39 pm

It was worth reading all the way to the end. As a non-photographer, I think the most valuable tips were about “voice” and the honesty that implies, in the idea that “voice” is a much more valuable concept than “branding”. As a wedding officiant, I encourage couples to make all their choices (ceremony, vendors, guests, etc.) in the context of this one day — maybe the single day in their lives when they will have a captive audience to whom they can express who they really are and what they really think about life, love, marriage, etc. A photographer whose presence at the wedding reflects their web site and other public presence is more likely to be perceived as the “real deal” and thus be effective in everything else you said, Amber, e.g. asking for what’s needed to make the pictures wonderful. And yes, I second Kathy’s “awesome” appellation.

Jade & Paul | Arlington maternity session

Jade and Paul just bought a house, in time to fill it with their ridiculously tiny dogs and an itty-bitty new person Jade is growing. I’m excited to meet the new little human later this year, but for now Jade and Paul wanted to document this time of transition in their lives. We took a few around their new digs, then scooted over to a really lovely park near their house. I hope the baby has a huge head of curly hair, too.

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I generally like dogs, but these are really really cute dogs. I think if there were only one of them, I wouldn’t be tripping.

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Warning: fake laugh ahead. It works, what can I say?

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Congratulations, guys! See you before you know it!