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What Makes A Wedding Photographer?

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Being a wedding photographer is different then taking pictures while people are getting married. Out of the many photographers out there, you can only get the job based on certain qualities that allow you to make a couple’s special day last forever.

The couple will not take chances with who they trust to take pictures. This is not an ordinary occasion. Beyond wanting to know if you’re capable, they’ll look for someone with a personality and sense of visual style complimentary to their own. If you are interested in becoming a wedding photographer, you should evaluate yourself first and determine whether you have the following essential qualities:

Creativity and Skill

Photographers need to be able to take great pictures. The first quality or skill any photographer should posses is the ability choose right lenses for a situation. You also need to be able to use the lenses. Knowledge of your equipment and the ability to use it to its greatest effect is what separates professional photographers from amateurs.. Talent plays a larger part in the success of weeding photography. The quality of camera alone cannot guarantee good photos if the person behind it does not know how to handle it properly. A wedding photographer should know about timing, camera angles, and speed to capture magical pictures. You should develop an eye for moments or happenings that other people will not see or think to photograph in order to convey the overall emotions of the day. You should be well prepared to take shots that will tell a pictorial story of the wedding day.

Dedication to duty

It starts with being prepared. If you are not well organized, you will not be able to handle your customers in the way they expect. You should always expect the unexpected. Be ready to change your plan to accommodate inquiries, fussy guests, scheduling mix ups, and stressed family members changing their minds. Making the customers to feel comfortable and trusting you with photography on their big day is what will lead to your next wedding job. You should therefore portray yourself as a person who will not let others down, who loves taking pictures, and is capable of navigating the many potential wedding disasters with a smile.


Professionals are always on time, it’s what makes them professionals. If someone shows an interest in hiring you, act like a professional and be at your appointment on time, earlier is better. Beyond meeting potential clients, punctuality also applies to the day of the wedding. People look to their photographer to coordinate the entire photo session and the bigger the wedding, the more chaotic this can be. If you say you need someone back in 5 minutes and that it will only take 10 to get a shot ready, those numbers become promises you need to keep. This goes along way to appearing organized, which will help you get better shots and gives your clients and their guests a more enjoyable experience.

Friendly attitude

In addition to talent and skills, clients look for your personal traits as well. It will be hard for someone to work with if you do not seem friendly even when you are the most skilled person in town. Weddings are supposed to be the happiest day of the couple’s lives, they shouldn’t have to spend it with someone they don’t like. Since you are the one interested in the job, you have obligation to try and understand your client’s personality or cater to their wants, regardless of how insane they may appear to you. Even though this is a creative field, the pictures must ultimately satisfy the client first and your own portfolio or artistic needs second. Like any client facing or service business, wedding photographers need exceptional people skills in order to have long careers.

The above qualities won’t guarantee success in the wedding industry, however they are a kind of foundation. These qualities lead to the skills or traits that most successful wedding photographers build their careers on.

Starting To Sell Your Crafts Online

Monday, October 12th, 2009

If you’re thinking about selling your crafts online there are several things you need to decide before you can actually start taking people’s money! The advice you get can be quite confusing and sometimes over-complicated so let’s look at the basic decisions you should make before you can start selling your crafts on the internet.

Firstly you need to set some objectives, some targets. You need to define where you want your craft business to take you because this will have an effect on some of your choices. These are great for selling a few bits and pieces. If you usually sell to friends and family, maybe at craft shows occasionally, then they can be a good option because most of the work is done for you.

However, if you’re aiming for your crafts to provide you with an income you can live on, or you have even bigger ambitions (and why not) then selling your crafts online through these methods can become expensive. In craft forums all the time about people who are starting their own websites because their eBay fees are fifty or sixty dollars a month. When you consider that you can have professional web hosting for around $5 a month it’s not surprising that people change.

Making that change however can be inconvenient. For a start you have to get your customers to find you somewhere else. It’s all very well emailing them and telling them about your own site but some of them will still forget. You will inevitably lose some customers.

Far better to make the decision in the first place. If you have the intention of eventually making a comfortable living from your craft you should have your own craft website from the start. It has a much more professional appearance and it will work out cheaper in the long run. You also control everything yourself, which is something you don’t do if you put your crafts on someone else’s site. Of course selling your crafts online from your own site means you have other decisions to make early on. Who to use as web host, how to build your website and which payment processor to use.

Craft forums are a good place to ask these sort of questions because members will often have gone through these things themselves. A quick search will give you a number of forums to look at and they’re a very useful place to find all kinds of crafting advice online.