Wedding Photography Business Owners

My First Year as a Photographer: 16 Things I Wish I Did

Ah, the feeling of officially turning your photography hobby into a full-fledged business venture – it’s thrilling and you’re on cloud 9! You get to be your own boss and can do what you love every. single. day. As in any endeavor, your first year is likely to have speed bumps and issues as you learn the most efficient ways to be the best photographer possible.

Reality sets in as the speed bumps occur. There are emails to answer, shoots to direct, images to backup, social media to post… the list goes on. Suddenly, this newfound freedom of being your own boss is extremely overwhelming. With a laundry list of things to do, where do you possibly focus your time in the first few years to set your business up for longevity and success? We’ve got just the thing to help.

16 Things I Wish I Did My First Year as a Photographer

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The Most Important Tasks for Your Wedding Photography Business

Running a wedding photography business requires you to set up systems and processes to help you streamline your workflow and grow. For you to create a path to success for your wedding photography business, you must focus on the most important tasks. Every wedding photographer will have a different path and things that are most important to them.

In our 5 Keys to Absolutely Succeeding Guide, we talked with a few professional wedding photographers who are successful in their business to gain their insights. The list below is commonalities each pro has – ways to stay top of mind, how to increase income, and techniques to book more wedding photography shoots. Take a look at the 5 most important tasks you can work on for your business.

1. Networking with Vendors

Network with vendors in the wedding photography industry by creating meaningful relationships, investing in them, and sharing images with them. This takes time to plan and effort on your part to maintain. Make an effort to find out what you can do for vendors, rather than what they can do for you, and spend time working toward building their trust.

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5 Things to Let Go of for Success in Your Wedding Photography Business

You’ve likely heard this before… success takes a lot of hard work. As a wedding photography business owner, there are so many tasks on your plate (and they all seem vital to complete). The key to success is to focus on the items that are most important for your growth and reallocate the ones that are not to other resources.

Back with her next post, ShootDotEdit Wedding Pro Vanessa Joy shares her personal insights into how she decided what to let go of in her wedding photography business. Continue reading to discover her process and tips to help you decide what to take off your plate.

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“Stop the glorification of busy.”

This was a quote I recently stumbled across and I absolutely love it. It’s so funny to me in this world, and in today’s culture, that busy equals important. In my opinion, being too busy doesn’t mean important. It means I’m sacrificing things like friends, family, health, exercise, vacations, and sanity time; all the things that we’re meant to enjoy in life. Why is it that we find the need to keep ourselves busy?

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Your First 100 Days as a Wedding Photographer: Starting a Photography Business

Starting a photography business is no simple task. And, the first 100 days as a brand new wedding photography business owner are crucial. It is the time you can make an impact in the industry, showcase your unique style, and share what you can provide to clients. However, sorting through what to focus on and where to prioritize can be daunting. Since there are numerous tasks you can work on in these first 100 days, we made it easier for you and put together a list of 12 things you can do to make it a success. Take a look below, where we share tips and provide additional resources to share how to start a photography business and focus on tasks that will help you grow.

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The Best Cameras for Shooting Weddings in 2018

Although you are the creative vision behind each and every photo you take, the gear you choose can determine how quickly and effectively you do your job. The best cameras for wedding photography change every year, and it’s important to choose one that is not only reliable and fast, but one that works best for you and your unique situation.

With new cameras being released at record pace, it’s hard to keep up, let alone determine what is going to be the best camera for wedding photography. We reached out to photo and video rental company LensProToGo for their thoughts on the best cameras for wedding photography. Their ability to test all of the wedding cameras in their inventory has given them a leg up in determining what cameras do perform better over others. We’ve asked them to weigh in on the best Nikon camera for wedding photography, along with the best Canon camera for weddings. And, they’ve shared with us their thoughts on the best mirrorless camera, if you’re just looking at making the switch. Take a look below to see which wedding cameras they chose for 2018!

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8 Business Quotes Every Wedding Photographer Needs

Every wedding photographer will have a different roadmap to success. And it’s no secret… in your photography business, success takes a lot of hard work! Here at ShootDotEdit, we specialize in wedding photography post processing, and also know how important it is to focus on what is most valuable to help your business grow.

In our Keys to Absolutely Succeeding Guide, we talk about how the difference between success and failure isn’t always that great. By looking at where other businesses have failed, you can learn where not to put your time and energy. And in contrast, looking at what successful business owners do to succeed can provide a roadmap for what is a profitable use of your time. Together, both perspectives bring a full picture of success.

Today, we have 8 quotes from top leaders to further the conversation about success and to provide you with motivation to continue on the unique path you are on with your wedding photography business.

“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”
– Sheryl Sandberg

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How Building Relationships Can Help You Book More Weddings

An important part of your role as a wedding photographer is to build lasting relationships with clients and vendors. Other relationships to work on are with your fellow photographers. When you make connections with other pros in the industry, you broaden your reach with ideal clients. In our Online Training: 7 Easy Marketing Ideas Which Are Right Under Your Nose, The Scobeys shared how you can build relationships with fellow photographers to help you book more weddings. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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The Best Thing About Being a Wedding Photographer from the Pros

As a wedding photographer and business owner, there are various responsibilities on your plate. From the photography aspects to the business tasks, you have plenty of items that keep you busy. And sometimes, it can seem overwhelming to have those multiple roles to fulfill. When you feel this way, it can be helpful to think about what makes you happiest in your career choice. The answer to what the best thing about being a wedding photographer can be anything you love to do – whether it is shooting, meeting clients, or posting on social media, it’s what keeps you motivated in your business.

We reached out to a few industry pros to find out what the best part about being a photographer is for them. Take a look and see if you agree!

Making Someone’s Day

When your couple hires you to shoot their wedding day, they place trust in you that you will capture the special moments throughout the day. It’s one of the most memorable days of their lives and you can accurately tell their story and bring smiles to their faces every time they look at their images. UK wedding photographer, Donal Doherty, mentioned the best part of his role is the impact he leaves after he works with his clients.

“What I love about it is to have my work appreciated by someone. I remember when I did my first wedding, the bride cried tears of happiness when she saw her photos. She was delighted. To be able to do what I love, and what I am passionate about, and then for it to be appreciated, it’s just incredible.” – Donal Doherty

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Vanessa Joy’s 3 Favorite Pricing Rules Every Photographer Needs

Understanding how to properly set prices for your wedding photography business is an important part of your role as an owner. Often times, it can be challenging to know exactly what will work for your products and services. How can you set prices for your wedding photography packages that will help you increase your profit?

ShootDotEdit Wedding Pro, Vanessa Joy, is back with her next guest post to share her 3 favorite pricing rules that every photographer needs. Take a look below and see what adjustments you can make to your current structure to ensure you are set for the rest of the year.

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Having your cake and eating it too.

Pricing and packaging is where I see a huge majority of photographers stumble. Typically, they fumble around guessing what they should charge and usually end up charging something they think is a lot, only to discover later that it’s not even enough to pay the bills. You are going to read this article. You’re going to apply it to your business. You will not be a starving artist.

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