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Become A Wedding Photographer

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Working As A Wedding Photographer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Stressful

  • $31,651

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Wedding Photographer does

  • Managed large groups of people.
  • Edited batches of photos for color correction, lightness, darkness and other enhancing adjustments.
  • Edited and sent out files to clients on DVD's.
  • Created my own website Using HTML, XHTML, PHP, and Javascript.
  • Photograph weddings from small to large engagements primarily in NJ and Pennsylvania.
  • Provided lighting, camera equipment and photography.
  • Photographed special moments during weddings.
  • Conducted photo shoots in a calm and professional manor.
  • Bill and Veronica Mao family portraits (4 people).
  • Use existing customer service skills to relay ideas and make clients feel at ease.
  • Contracted work.Captured memories using a Nikon D300 & up to 3 SB800 external flashes.
  • Lead or assistant wedding photographer for destination weddings on Mackinac Island.
  • Demonstrate editing skills by using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Edited photos and assembled photo albums
  • Captured high quality images and organized materials for photo-shoots.
  • Take photos of ceremony, family/guests, and reception Edit photos Make photo books
  • Create wedding photos either in studio and on location.
  • Facilitated recording of the bride and groom on their special day.
  • Color correct and crop images as needed on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Capture photographs of wedding party, ceremony, and reception.

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How To Become A Wedding Photographer

Although postsecondary education is not required for portrait photographers, many take classes because employers usually seek applicants with a “good eye” and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Photojournalists and industrial and scientific photographers often need a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Although postsecondary education is not required for most photographers, many take classes or earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field because such an education can improve their skills and employment prospects.

Many universities, community and junior colleges, vocational–technical institutes, and private trade and technical schools offer classes in photography. Basic courses in photography cover equipment, processes, and techniques. Art schools may offer useful training in photographic design and composition.

Entry-level positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific photography generally require a college degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment. For example, classes in biology, medicine, or chemistry may be useful for scientific photographers.

Business, marketing, and accounting classes can be helpful for self-employed photographers.

Training

Photographers have a talent or natural ability for taking good photos, and this talent is typically cultivated over years of practice. For many artists, including photographers, developing a portfolio—a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his or her styles and abilities—is essential. A portfolio is necessary because art directors, clients, and others often want to look at one when deciding whether to hire or contract with the photographer.

Photographers often start working as an assistant to a professional photographer. This work provides an opportunity to gain experience, build the photographers’ portfolios, and gain exposure to prospective clients.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Photographers capture their subjects in images, and they must be able to evaluate the artistic quality of a photograph. Photographers need a “good eye”—the ability to use colors, shadows, shades, light, and distance to compose good photographs.

Business skills. Photographers must be able to plan marketing strategies, reach out to prospective clients, and anticipate seasonal employment.

Computer skills. Most photographers do their own postproduction work and must be familiar with photo-editing software. They also use computers to maintain a digital portfolio.

Customer-service skills. Photographers must be able to understand the needs of their clients and propose solutions to any problems that arise.

Detail oriented. Photographers who do their own postproduction work must be careful not to overlook details and must be thorough when editing photographs. In addition, photographers accumulate many photographs and must maintain them in an orderly fashion.

Interpersonal skills. Photographers often photograph people. They must communicate effectively to achieve a certain composition in a photograph.

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Wedding Photographer Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    57.6%
  • Male

    39.8%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.9%
  • Asian

    8.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.3%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    48.1%
  • Portuguese

    14.8%
  • French

    7.4%
  • Russian

    7.4%
  • Swedish

    3.7%
  • Filipino

    3.7%
  • German

    3.7%
  • Polish

    3.7%
  • Arabic

    3.7%
  • Italian

    3.7%
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Top Skills for A Wedding Photographer

AdobePhotoshopPhotographWeddingsFamilyPortraitsBrideWeddingCeremonyOWNWebsiteAdobeLightroomCustomerServiceSkillsVideoCameraEquipmentLargeGroupsHighQualityImagesPhotoShootsPhotographyBusinessPhotoAlbumsNikonWeddingPartySpecialMomentsWeddingPhotosColorCorrection

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Top Wedding Photographer Skills

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Photograph Weddings
  3. Family Portraits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed all photo editing and color correcting with Adobe Photoshop after each event.
  • Photograph weddings from small to large engagements primarily in NJ and Pennsylvania.
  • Lead shooter specialized in wedding and engagement photography, other areas include lifestyle, family portraits and product photography.
  • Photographed the bride and groom, the ceremony, and the reception.
  • Photograph bride and bridal party before the wedding ceremony.

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