I’m super excited to be launching this series specifically aimed to educate and help photographers. This week, I’m sharing how I found wedding photography clients in my first year of business. These are some tips I wish someone would have shared with me when I was googling my little heart out and still majorly confused. I’m here for you, friend. Trust me– I’ve been there!
Before I give you the tips, I just wanna get really real with you and share a little bit about my experience starting out. Allow me to take you back to a time when I didn’t know the camera modes. Before I took a side on RAW vs. JPEG. Before I owned more than 1 lens. Dare I even admit it was a kit lens?! If you think that’s bad, just wait for this one– I’m a little horrified to admit that I borrowed my photography professor’s 50mm lens for my first ever engagement session. But that perfectly illustrates where I was at the time. I had no idea what I was doing or how much I didn’t know. It’s absolutely amazing (and a little cringe-worthy) to look back from where I am today.
So there I was with my borrowed gear just trying to make it. I didn’t know who my ideal client was, how they would find me, or what an “ideal client” even meant. But I did know I was passionate about photography, hungry for knowledge, and determined to make it in a highly competitive industry. I didn’t have any past clients to vouch for my work (unless you count my mom), or really much work to speak of; I was where so many beginners start…at the bottom.
I didn’t let any of those things stop me. By leveraging the resources around me, I began booking brides. Real brides! And let me tell you – most of these things didn’t cost me anything.
Are you ready to hear how I went from borrowed lenses to being a full time wedding photographer? This 10 page guide shares all the top ways I found brides and booked clients in my first year and I’m giving it to you! Grab your copy of the guide below and be sure to share this with a friend!