Get an extra camera
You need more than just one camera, period. This is actually considered as a bit of a non-negotiable. You cannot head out and cover a wedding event with just one camera. That will spell a disaster for you if you are in the middle of covering a wedding event and all of a sudden, your camera breaks down for no apparent reason. You need something to catch you in case something happens. This may be a bit of a challenge if you are just starting out and you don’t exactly have the right amount of running capital to get a new high end and high quality DSLR camera, then what you can do is at least borrow a camera from someone, maybe one of your wedding photographer Cardiff friends.
Get two kinds of lenses
You need two lenses to start off with. You need a telephoto lens. This lens will be great for when you would need to take close-up photos of people you need to photograph from a distance. You need that for those moments when you can’t afford to be nearby such as the altar or during the speeches toasting the bride and groom. You will also need a wide angle lens. This lens will let you take group photos without running the risk of cropping any people out because you can fit them all in the frame of this kind of lens. It will also let you capture architectural designs and entire buildings without cutting anything out.
Practice, practice, and more practice
If you want to be skilled in something, then you need to go at it every single day. Bring your camera with you all the time and try to find the inspiration in all of the little things. The best way to start is by gaining experience by practicing in weddings that you are invited in as a guest. You get to practice your shots without having to go through all that trouble of being responsible for their coverage. You may also want to sort of assist a more established wedding photographer in his wedding gigs and learn a thing or two from him. The best way of learning your way around this is to actually get in there and start doing it. And whether you are a kinetic learner or not; wedding photography is something that is just way better when learned in the real world and not just in theory.
Create a blog and fill it with high quality content
This is the best time to start writing and if this is something that you are not that good with, there is no need to feel the pressure. This is something that can be learned over time. Stick to a weekly schedule and research your content properly to make sure that they are high quality.
Assemble a team
Assemble a team to accompany you during wedding events but if you can’t afford a team just yet, at least get an extra person. You can’t do it all alone. You need someone to assist you in all of this. There is just too much ground work that needs to be covered and having an extra hand can really help you out a lot.
Go over details
Meet with your clients and go over all of the details as much as possible. Talk to them and seriously go through all of the details. Manage expectations accordingly and know what they are expecting from you and what they would like to get out of the deal at some point.