How To Become a Professional Wedding Photographer

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Whether you want to know how to become a professional commercial photographer or how to become a professional photographer in general, the quickest way to start making money with your camera may be wedding photography. Our Fstoppers tutorial How To Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is finally here! Lee Morris and I have spent over 3 years planning and 2 years filming and editing this tutorial on all things wedding photography. The goal behind this 14 tutorial was to create the most comprehensive resource on everything it takes to create compelling wedding images as well as the tools needed to start and run a successful wedding photography business. No matter if you are brand new to photography or if you are already shooting weddings professionally, this 14 hour tutorial will teach you everything we know about wedding photography so you can either start your own business from scratch or take your existing business to the next level.


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Why Wedding Photography?

As we explain in the promo video above, wedding photography pretty much fell into both of our laps. I believe many photographers have the same wrongfully biased opinion about wedding photography as I did when I first picked up a camera. The idea of dealing with dramatic bridezillas, going hours without food or drink, and having to take cheesy photographs all day was not my idea of a good day at work. But after shooting a few weddings, I found that wedding photography was incredibly fun, creative, and way more stress free than I ever imagined. In fact, what I realized was I was taking the best photographs the bride and groom had ever had taken of themselves and their friends during the happiest day of their lives. And the reason I was there in the first place was because they loved me as a person and valued my creativity behind a camera. What originally started as a dreaded favor I did for Lee Morris quickly became my passion, obsession, full time job, and eventually my career.

The most interesting thing about wedding photography is that there is a market in every single city. I believe wedding photography offers an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in photography as a hobby or career; through wedding photography, you can become 100% self employed as a full time photographer!

What We Hope To Share:

Our goal with this tutorial isn't to make everyone a millionaire or turn you into some sort of rockstar wedding photographer. Lee and I aren't either of those things. What we want to teach you is how you can take better photographs, start your own business, and hopefully shave off at least three years of trial and error during those initial startup years.

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Material: 8 Chapters containing over 27 topics over more than 14 hours of content

Chapter 1
Intro - What is “Commercial Wedding Photography” - Mandatory Gear - The Importance of Assisting - Composition, Exposure, White Balance
Chapter 2
Advertising - Bridal Portraits: Lighting 101 - Pricing
Chapter 3
Meeting With Potential Clients -The Engagement Session - Designing Your Website - Music - Slideshows - The Importance of Video
Chapter 4
On Camera Flash - Getting Ready and Details - The Ceremony - Fusion
Chapter 5
Formals and Groups - Interview with Pye Jirsa
Chapter 6
Four Ways to Light a Reception - The Cake - The Rings - The Departure - Taxes, Write-offs, and Accounting
Chapter 7
Interview with Cliff Mautner, one of the top wedding photographers in the world
Chapter 8
Post Processing - Creating a Photobooth - Photo / Video Slideshow, - Delivering Your Final Product - Final Words

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Patrick Hall is a Charleston Wedding Photographer based in South Carolina. Lee Morris is also a commercial wedding photographer based out of Charleston South Carolina.

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Sara Smoot's picture

I REALLY wish I could have this!

Prestige Photo's picture

Lots of great ideas, aimed mostly for someone wanting to explore the wedding photography side of the business. I honestly learned some good stuff, but just over 2 hours, or 15% of the entire series is a commercial for Cliff Mauntner. I can see him tout how great he is and that modern photographers really don't have to work as hard as he does, nor do they know as much. I can see all of that garbage on YouTube. I didn't really like paying $42.85 to watch a commercial...sorry guys. The rest was great.

Patrick Hall's picture

I'm a bit confused by this comment. Cliff was interviewed just to show a different perspective from what we have on wedding photography. I would view it more as bonus material from another professional who does things completely differently. We most definitely were not trying to make a "commercial" for him but rather an interesting debate on how other people approach the industry.

Prestige Photo's picture

Please don't take my comment as caustic. You and your staff are extremely gifted photographers and your marketing is absolutely astounding. I've watched previous videos of Cliff on YouTube and they have the pretty much the same content as your video. Your photography is the here, the now and the near-future. Cliff basically talks about the good-ol-days.

To be blunt, I would choose you to shoot my wedding. I hope this explains my opinion a bit more clearly.

Patrick Hall's picture

Thanks for clearing up your comment. I have a lot of respect for Cliff even if his images aren't super flashy. Styles def come and go. I'm not a huge fan of the current instagram look that so many wedding magazines are requiring in order to get published but I am also open that not everyone will like my super saturated, modernly crisp images either. Cliff's images IMO will always remain classy even 50 years from now. His work is great but I can understand why someone might not want to go in that direction too.

Francesco Canuli's picture

I follow you from Italy, and I admire you for your work!
you are one step ahead!

How to be a Wedding Photographer: Great subject! Indeed, it is hard to lose when you offer a money-back guarantee! :)

Initially when I started out as a wedding photographer many years ago, I was drawn to it based on the inspirations of other wedding photography greats such as David Ziser, Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina but I realized after a time that I could never BE them...meaning I had to find my own way, my own niche. Running a photography business was much more difficult than I initially thought too, the 'business' side seemed to take over photography and creativity seemed to be such a small aspect in comparison and to be candid, I found it suffocating...but there is a happy ending...

Once the business side became second nature, photography become central once more! It takes a long time to master the art of the wedding photography business and I know I have now reached the point I wish to be at! I have even developed a blog on my experiences as an additional way to satisfy my creativity - and to help others in their own struggles in becoming a great wedding photographer; blogging about my business has become one of my favourite past-times. Romantic wedding photography is in my soul...I hope others in this field are able to find that same joy and KEEP it is easy to feel burnt out if you are not careful.

May you continue to be inspired as I have...

Take care!

~Carrie Lynn~
Producer & Photographer