Originally this was going to be a single post, but as the details of each idea grew, I thought it would be better to space it out over a few days.  So, if you like what you see, keep checking back for the rest over the next week!

1. It’s not easy.  Make sure you love it.

It all starts with the foundation. Let’s back up and start at the beginning.  Possibly, let’s back up to before you even get started—or maybe you’ve already started, but you’re not full time and are considering taking your business to the next level.

It seems simple, right?  I have a digital camera and a computer, so I can be a wedding photographer.  HA HA HA!  I can’t tell you how many photographers have started out this way, only to be in tears a year or two later because they are being crushed by the mountain of work that’s on top of them.

If you love wedding photography, be sure to take steps to prevent from ever getting into this situation.  If you’re already in this situation, make some time to make an effort to get out.  If you’re serious about it, it is possible!  However, if you don’t love it and just thought you could make extra money on weekends, chances are you won’t have the motivation to work through it.  Without a passion for what you’re doing, it will eventually collapse, and you’ll be left with a trail of people that are all very unhappy with you which will lead you to be unhappy yourself.

Also, be aware that it’s not just running around with a camera and taking photographs.  You’re running a business.  You set the hours, you are responsible for keeping track of everything and staying on top of it all.  Mel and I love photography, but we also love business.  If you hate business, I would suggest looking into having someone help with that aspect.  Getting into wedding photography while loving photography but hating business is a recipe for disaster.  Seek help immediately!

Thanks for reading–that wraps up Tip #1–the rest are coming soon!


  1. Evan Baines on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Looks good! Hopefully this will help a lot of people.

  2. Melanie Watson on January 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve always been curious what the recipe for disaster was. I’ve tried mixing bleach with marshmallows but that didn’t work. Thanks to the internets and your blogopolis… I finally have the answer! ;)

    Good stuff guys. Great tips for any small business really. Passion with a strong business mind = success. :)

  3. Jen Creed on January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Excellent :) Thank you all so much for sharing, can’t wait to hear the other tips!

  4. Charlotte Wedding Photographer Thomas Geist on January 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Great Post! I absolutely concur. To add to this: make sure you are skilled and talented. Your clients deserve it. (But that may be Tip #2 …)

  5. Savannah Kenney on January 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Love that you guys are doing these tips! Very helpful. we learned really quickly that this business is so much about business and lot and lots and lots of hard work.

  6. Gregory Byerline on January 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Part 1 rocked. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the remaining four (or more).

  7. Jeanette LeBlanc on January 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Very good advice – I’m at that crossroads now, taking inventory of what I love/am good at vs. what feels like pulling teeth. I’m trying to figure out how to balance profit with sanity, and how I can outsource the things that make me feel like I”m drowning (mentally and timewise) without drowning financially.

    Keep the good stuff coming…Eagerly anticipating the rest of the series :)

  8. Memphis Photographer Rick Weaver on January 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This doesn’t only apply to wedding photography – each point is true for any photography business. You can be a great photographer but lousy marketer and you will starve. You can be an average photographer but great marketer and you’ll be covered up in business.

  9. ohana photographers on January 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    amen sean.

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  11. Jonathon Campbell on January 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Very true. Very true. I am looking forward to many more tips!

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  13. Kathryn Wilson on January 24, 2010 at 4:42 am

    So true – thanks for these posts!

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