Activate the dual card slot setting in your DSLR.
This is a nifty trick that every wedding photographer should have up his proverbial sleeve when it comes to the aspect of backing data up. You probably noticed the dual card slots on your camera. Nope, they are not there just so that you can slip in an extra memory card so that you don’t have to be caught up in between changing cards. They are there so that you can write on both memory cards at the same time. This is one of the most perfect and efficient ways for you to ensure that you get to back your files up right then and there. Memory cards can go crazy at times. There will be certain instances wherein you will come across formatting issues, causing you to lose files somewhere along the way. This is not something that you should allow yourself to experience as a professional wedding photographer. It is always so much better to have a backup somewhere in the background that will get to save the day for you when you are having a particularly bad one. Figure this setting out ahead of time and make sure that your camera is set up the right way so that you will never have to worry about it every again.
Make a habit out constantly reformatting the memory cards that you bring along with you in all of your wedding photographer bookings.
Your memory cards are easy to use but they can be quite tricky as well. The issue of formatting issues is ever prevalent and it is every wedding photographer’s nightmare. One of the main reasons why memory cards tend to become faulty is because of the fact that they are stored up with info or files for prolonged periods of time. This is a kind of practice that will get to stress the memory cards out. You need to make sure that you will be able to go out of your way to keep your memory cards in top shape all of the time. Constantly reformat your cards by wiping data off of them after every single use. Move your files to hard drives that you keep specifically for file storage. Your memory cards should just be temporary conduits for your image files. They are not built for long periods of storage. Keep this in mind all of the time so that you will never have to worry about the issue of faulty memory cards every again.
As a wedding photographer, you should work on being able to establish data banks physically and on the cloud.
Your hard drives are extremely important. The moment that you lose your files without backing them up, you lose them forever. Luckily, there are a lot of different places that you can store them on all at the same time without incurring too much hassle or costs somewhere along the way. Get yourself a pair of reliable external hard drives as well as subscriptions to online drives that you can store data in.
Always be passionate in what you do as a wedding photographer.
At the end of the day, you should see this as a professional living out his dream, not as another person trapped in the wrong career who has to drag his feet to work every single day. You can’t just wake up one day and think about being a wedding photographer all of a sudden. There should be some kind of progression to things and to your plans in general. If this is not something that you have a certain kind of passion for when it all comes down to it, it will all be a wasted effort at the end of the day. You need to make sure that no matter what happens, you will be able to really decipher that this is the kind of thing that you would like to end up doing for a prolonged period of time. It is no joke trying to make a career out of being a professional wedding photographer and you need to seriously assess your options as well as your level of skill and interest before you decide to make any bold moves towards a career jump when it all comes down to it. When you do what you love, every single task you need to go through does not really feel like work at the end of the day and that is something that you can take to the bank every single time.
Constantly excite yourself with new ideas.
Check out the blogs of the trailblazers in your industry and try to see if you can pick their brains a little and use those ideas in your own wedding photographer career. The internet is so rich with different ideas coming from all over the globe every single day. It is a verified treasure trove of creativity whenever you find yourself running low of it and that is something that you can seriously do something about for as long as you are willing to dig through the tons and tons of info that is readily within your reach. Allow yourself to be inspired by the people you admire. Be vigilant when it comes to keeping yourself up to date with the things that they are currently working on or with the things that they have worked on in the past. Take your camera out with you all the time. You never really know when an interesting scene suddenly pops up and you get a cool idea to try out right then and there. Keep a nifty little notebook with you all of the time so that you can easily jot things down whenever you think about something and you can easily browse through it when you have the time to brainstorm.
Work on side projects.
Break the routine and try to change things up a bit. It can be very easy for a wedding photographer to get burned out in what he does and you need to avoid that as much as possible.
Always come prepared
It’s important for every wedding photographer to always come prepared for any possible scenarios that might come along during the coverage of a wedding. There are so many things that can possibly go wrong. There are a lot of mishaps and other challenges somewhere along the way. As a wedding photographer, you should make sure that you are more than equipped to handle these things as well as to know how to handle yourself when you find yourself in the middle of those events and the like.
First up, always wear a comfortable pair of shoes.
The kind of shoes that you wear during the wedding is pivotal to the kind of success that you will get to have as a wedding photographer. You need to go for the kind of shoes that you will be comfortable wearing for the next 8 hours or more. You have to understand that as a wedding photographer, you will end up doing a lot of crazy poses and you will end up crouching or crawling or bent over in crazy positions. You will not be able to do this and get this done the right way if you are ill at ease. If you are a lady wedding photographer, this couldn’t be all the more crucial. You are probably having fancy thoughts of going for that gorgeous pair of heels you just bought last week. Although they might look good at first, it might put you in a bad mood because your feet will hurt the entire time that you will be providing coverage. Do yourself a favor and go for shoes that will take care of your feet so that you do not end up beating yourself up over it and re-thinking about your shoe options during the time that you were getting ready.
Always manage the snap shooters.
Being a wedding photographer means that you also need to have a certain degree of crowd control and crowd management skills. You need to keep the snap shooters at bay especially when they are already getting in the way of the shots that you are trying to take during the wedding. This can be a bit challenging to do at first because you need to make sure that you will be able to strike the perfect balance between being authoritative while still staying polite and friendly all throughout the time. One thing that can help you out a lot as a wedding photographer would be for you to try to let them know that you will give them time to snap their own pictures right after you are done with yours. People tend to respect you a little better if they feel as if you respect them as well. Make sure that you keep their needs in consideration and they will more often than not try to reciprocate that as you go along. Try to explain ahead of time that there will be certain issues with taking photos at the same time such as confusing the subjects regarding which camera lens they should look into and the like.