If you want to make it as a wedding photographer in this cut throat industry, surround yourself with people who support you and your dreams. The truth of the matter is that chasing after your dream of becoming a wedding photographer is not a dream that occurs to some people as something that is conventional and you might be facing a lot of judgment and perhaps even criticism aong the way. You need a really solid support system to help you out especially during those times wherein you are at the point of giving up. Surround yourself with people who not only support you but who inspire you as well. Creativity and inspiration can only be all abundant every once in a while. You need to put in some solid work on it if you want to keep getting fresh ideas every single day.
Have patience in mastering your craft.
You do not become an expert overnight. You do not become an expert in something instantaneously. You will have to invest in a lot of time and a lot of hard work on your craft so that you become good at it. It will be slow in the beginning but slow progress is still progress no matter which angle you would like to look at it. Bring your camera out with you every single day. Do not step out of that house door without slinging that camera on your neck one way or the other. Do this even during those days when you do not feel like it. Really commit to things and have faith in the fact that you will eventually be able to get the hang of things the longer that you are able to work on them.
Brace yourself for failure while you are still starting out.
Things will not go through as easily as you would like them to at first. Things will not be as easily handed to you as you would like them to be. Do not be frustrated with yourself if things do not happen all at once in the beginning. You will be getting a lot of no’s in the beginning. That is really quite alright. Failure is normal in the first year or so because you are still trying to establish your reputation and your name in the industry. Train yourself to not take things too seriously at first. The more you are able to “thicken your face” for the onslaught of no’s, the easier they will be to handle. Keep this in mind whenever you feel like giving up.
Keep a job while you are still trying to build up your career as a wedding photographer.
Starting out a business is not an easy thing to do. It would be nice if you can have a steady stream of income coming in and not bank all of your needs on whatever it is that you will be earning from your little business as a wedding photographer at some point or so.