Running a photo booth rental may seem like a walk in the park but you will actually be quite surprised to find out about the overwhelming amount of detail and preparation that goes into a fun event add-on service like this. More often than not, most of the events out there will give you enough info about where you will be unloading your equipment and setting it up well ahead of time. This is not something that you should be complacent about though because info can change any time and they can get mixed up pretty easily. It is always good to contact the event head or organizer ahead of time just to re-confirm what you may already know and to see if there have been any changes in the process. Make sure that you are always able to get everything down pat. You need to know what time you are expected to arrive or which part of the venue you need to set up. Another important thing that you should do would be to make sure that you have a correct power source nearby. You can’t set up somewhere that doesn’t have plugs because that won’t work for your photo booth rental service. You need to assess the area ahead of time and figure out if there is a need for extension cords. You need to request this from the event organizer ahead of time just to make sure that there are no delays in the process.
Make it fun
This may sound like a no-brainer but it is something that is worth saying anyway. The truth of the matter is that no one really likes a cranky or grumpy photo booth rental attendant. You have to remember that a photo booth invites fun and personality and that you as an attendant should also be fun and energetic and encourage people to pose and be funny, maybe. You need to set the stage and set up an environment that is relaxing enough to encourage people to be themselves and to have fun with the photo booth rental service. Make sure that you are able to really focus your attention on the guests and on their needs all throughout the time that you are there. Be ready to answer any questions that they might have and give them a few pointers on how they will be able to get great looking photos when they pose. Some events last all the way up to five hours. There will be moments wherein you will not feel like smiling and wherein you get tired from being friendly but this is something that comes with the territory. Remember that it is crucial to making sure that the guests are really able to enjoy themselves and the photo booth rental service that you provide for them.
Networking is one of the best ways for you to gain more customers so make sure that you have a stack of business cards ready during the photo booth rental service. This is something that guests will be able to remember you by in case they find a need for your services any time soon.
The first thing that you come be challenged with while you are starting out in wedding photography is the issue of the cost of the tripod. It may be tempting to get a tripod that’s cheap and slightly sub standard but at the end of the day, you really shouldn’t. If you want to go out and buy a tripod, then you need to make sure that you get to buy a tripod that is sturdy and high quality enough to actually hold your camera up and make sure that it is something that stays up. You’re going to need to make that one big buy and you need to make sure that you don’t settle for a cheap tripod because this will be putting your photography gear at risk. The point of the matter is that if you can’t afford to buy a high quality tripod just yet, then you might as well borrow one from your friends while you are still trying to save up enough money in order for you to afford that buy.
Don’t be lazy with the tripod.
Dismount it every time you have a need to move it to a different area. This really is pretty much like a no-brainer when it all comes down to it. However, it is still something worth mentioning though because of the fact that anything can happen when you don’t dismount the camera from the tripod when you need to move it to a different place. You run the risk of smashing the tripod with the camera still on it right against a wall or something and that is not the safest way to go if you want to take care of your photography gear and all of the other investments that you have managed to put in your business in wedding photography.
Don’t leave the tripod behind.
This is one of the most common misconceptions of wedding photography. It doesn’t matter what the lighting situation is. You will need a tripod regardless. A lot of people new to professional photography usually get the miscalculation done about whether they would need or would not need the tripod in the first place but what you need to understand is that a tripod is something that will always make your pictures come out so much better than when you are holding it up by hand. Dismounting and mounting the camera on the tripod will not take more than just a few seconds so when you come to think about it, it really will be worth the extra few seconds.
Make sure that the surface area is actually stable before you start setting up your camera on the tripod.
This is particularly true when you need to shoot outdoors such as by the beach, in grassy areas, in rocky areas, and so on and so forth. The tripod will be weighed down by the camera and the lens. This is a lot of weight. You need to make sure that the surface area is flat and sturdy enough to hold all that weight up without sinking down. If you need to set the tripod up on something tricky like wet sand, you can put in some rubber suction cups that will help you spread out the surface area where the pressure is being put on and you can more or less avoid the risk of having the tripod legs sink down.
Responsible wedding photographers always make sure that they have an extra high quality camera as a backup. Anything and everything can happen to your main camera while you are shooting the wedding photography event and you don’t wan to get caught up in the moment without being prepared for it in the process. A second camera is something that will really serve as a backup and something that can help you more or less pick up where you left off. If this is something that you can’t afford at first, there is no need for you to pressure yourself into buying a camera right off the bat especially when you are just trying to start out with your career as a wedding photographer. Most new wedding photographers borrow their second camera from friends and other people they know who happened to have a spare camera around during the wedding event they are shooting and this is something that you should try as well. It will cost you next to nothing but it is still something that will really get things taken care of for you when it all comes down to it.
Memory cards and extra batteries
Memory cards and extra batteries are also something that wedding photographers usually pack ahead of time when are shooting something big like wedding events. The most ideal way to go about with this would be for you to go by the rule of 2 when you are prepping up your memory cards and batteries for a major wedding photography event. Pack in about twice the amount of memory space than you think you will need. You should also try to see if you can bring about two extra batteries per camera and make sure that they are all fully charged before you start off. This will make sure that you never run out. Wipe your memory cards clean every time you are about to use it to make sure that you are able to avoid any issues with the formatting. If you can keep a charging station in the area that you are shooting in, it would even be better because you can just go ahead and charge the batteries that do run out in the process and you will never have to worry about it at the end of the day.
Tripods and light stands
Tripods and light stands also come in handy especially when wedding photographers are dealing with difficult lighting situations. You will not always have the best kind of light setting even if you want to get the perfect one every single time. A tripod can really help you out a lot in boosting the quality that you will be getting out of your photos. As a matter of fact, you get 10x the quality of the photos when you mount your camera on a tripod so bring one along because you will never really know when you’re going to need one.
High quality camera bag
A high quality camera bag that is padded and compartmentalized should also be a part of the basic gear of wedding photographers. You are going to be moving around a lot and bringing your camera along with you in the process so a good camera bag will really be a wise investment.
You need to be able to come up with some sort of sequence for your wedding photography shoot if you want to stay right on track. A lot of things can happen during a wedding and it can easily sway you out of focus and that is something that you will need to be careful with at the end of the day. Meet with the bride and talk things out with her. Most of the brides out there pretty much have a pretty good grasp on things related to the wedding event and she should be the perfect person for you to get in touch with if you want to keep things organized and right on track. The sequence of the wedding is crucial for wedding photography because it is the only way for you to be able to make absolutely sure that that you don’t miss any important events or moments during the wedding.
Prepare for the risks.
Get a wedding photography contract prepared. A lot of things really can go wrong during the wedding and this is an eventuality that you will need to prepare for well ahead of time. Write up a wedding photography contract and make sure that it includes all of the clauses needed to help protect you and your business for any possible risks that might happen during that said event. You need to make sure that the contract is iron clad and free from any loopholes. One wrong turn and you can end up putting your business at risk of being litigated and when it all comes down to it that is no way to do business. Get the contract reviewed by a lawyer to make sure that it is something that is up to industry standards. If you are not the one who drew the contract up, make sure that you read through the fine print and everything that the contract is stating so that there aren’t any surprises. This is something that will help you gain the client’s trust and help you formalize the wedding photography agreement at the end of the day.
Pay attention to how you make use of natural light in your wedding photography shoot.
Natural light is the best kind of lighting that you could ever use for wedding photography and that is something that you should pretty much be able to know and navigate like the back of your hand. more than that, natural light is something that changes all of the time and it is pretty dependent on the rest of the other contributing factors in the environment during that particular moment so when it all comes down to it, you need to make sure that you are able to think on your feet and act fast as well.
Don’t be afraid to get close to the couple during the ceremony.
It works great for wedding photography. There are some churches that will not allow you to be right next to the altar so it would be wise for you to bring a telephoto lens along for the close ups that you will have to take from a distance.
A decent wedding photographer will always make sure that he has at least two high quality cameras or more.
One camera will just not cut it when it comes to providing photography coverage for a wedding. You will need to have a backup camera set in place to make sure that you have something to save the event in case something happens to your main camera one way or the other. If you cannot afford to get a second camera just yet, it will still be unwise to not get one for the weddings that you book. You will need to find a way to get that second camera. You should try to see if you can borrow one or lease one from any of your friends and acquaintances. It does not have to be of the highest possible quality or of the same kind that your main one is; just high enough for you to be able to produce standard quality pictures at some point or so. There is no rush for you to buy your own camera. Again, you can work with just borrowing or leasing until such time when you will have enough money to buy one.
If you cannot afford the expensive lenses such as the telephoto lens and the wide angle lens just yet, go for something in the middle of the price strata. Money has always been an issue for people starting out in the wedding photography business. A telephoto lens and a wide angle lens are a couple of really expensive lenses that the average Joe might just not be able to afford yet. A good middle ground for these lenses is the medium zoom lens. It is the most versatile lens in the industry and is should be something that you should be getting your hands on. It is reasonably priced and will not break the bank. It is something that will really get to help you deliver on the photos and you don’t even have to go broke for it.
Invest in a good set of memory cards and batteries.
Memory cards and batteries are your juice for the entire operation. This is the only way for you to be able to make sure that you are always well fueled for the wedding photography event. If you are going to be filming your images in RAW, you have to understand that it will burn through your memory space fast enough. You need to be prepared enough to make sure that you never run out of either. Pack in about twice the amount of memory space that you think you will need. You will also need extra battery packs for your cameras and make sure that they are all fully charged before the wedding event goes on. Keep a charging station in the venue so that you can charge out the batteries that do go out.
Get a tripod and some light stands.
A wedding photographer should always be prepared regardless of the light settings. In wedding photography, you will have to deal with low light settings all of the time. Shooting in low light settings can cause camera vibrations that may eventually lead to camera shakes. This is not something you would want to have because they result to blurry images.
You need a high quality camera bag set in place.
A wedding photographer is always travelling at some point. You need a sturdy camera bag to hold everything together. Look for something that can stand the elements.
Get continuing education as a wedding photographer.
One of the biggest competitive edges that you will be able to give yourself in the cut throat industry of wedding photography is an actual formal training. Continuing education has always been a bit of an iffy topic to come up with because of the fact that it is something that tends to cost a whole lot of money. Money is not something that a lot of new wedding photographers out there have the luxury of having to play around with or invest in important things like upgraded education but when it all comes down to it, it is something that you will need in order for you to be able to seriously give your career a boost one way or the other. this is something that you will need to approach with a lot of caution though because again, we circle back to the fact that money is not that much of a luxury for new wedding photographers out there and this might be something that you will end up struggling with right from the start. Research the different professional photography courses available out there and think about what kind of photography style you would like to learn or go ahead with one way or the other.
Do your best to gain experience as a wedding photographer.
You will not be getting the most glamorous projects in the beginning and that is understandable. There is no reason why you should take this personally. A lot of clients out there will not be all too eager to book you if they think that you do not have the kind of experience and background for them to entrust you with the most important day of their lives just yet. Take anything that you can get and even if it is something that is not exactly right on the wedding photography plane, it is still pretty much something that you can take something away from one way or the other. Every tidbit of knowledge or learning is something that you will be able to use in your wedding photography career so treasure every little bit of it and treat it well.
Surround yourself with inspiration and support from fellow wedding photographers or people who are supportive of your dream as a wedding photographer.
Creativity is not something that just flows as freely and as easily as you would like it to. You will need to work on it every single day. Get in touch with the wedding photographers who inspire you and who make you feel great about your craft. If this is not possible, then at least follow the blogs of the great wedding photographers out there and routinely update yourself with new and fresh ideas so that you keep “stoking the fire” of your creativity as well.
Be patient with the way you improve your skills as a wedding photographer.
The point of the matter is that you do not become an expert of your craft overnight. These things take time and a lot of hard work so brace yourself for tough times ahead.