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Maybe I should be a wedding photographer?

If this thought has crossed your mind more than a few times now, it’s probably because:

  • You’re the friend everyone asks to take a few extra snaps at weddings and events
  • You’re confident with your camera and enjoy the challenge of candid photography
  • You’re wondering if you can make some money from your photography passion

Or maybe you’re already testing the waters and are getting frustrated with gear choices, how to manage your clients and how much to charge?

So how do you become one?

You could

  • Invest in an expensive course or workshop
  • Spend a lot of money on the wrong gear
  • Spend a lot of time working for free as an intern or assistant

Or, just ask someone who is willing to share her journey and experiences of becoming a professional wedding photographer!

This book’s author and regular dPS writer Lily Sawyer, shares her perspective of life as a professional photographer, and how through photographing more than 500 weddings, events and portraits combined, she can help you find your happy place as you set off on a similar journey to becoming a wedding photographer. 

What you can expect from this eBook:

It is not an over-promising “exhaustive guide” to wedding photography, with “formulas for success” or calls for “relentless hustle”. Instead, it’s a realistic perspective of life as a professional photographer, littered throughout with practical gems of advice on every element of the journey. Not just on shooting the weddings themselves, but from setting yourself up right through to managing an ongoing source of income for your business. You can expect:

  • advice to help you find confidence in yourself as a photographer at every step along the way
  • a friendly mentor at your shoulder with practical and sensible words of advice
  • an insight into the intricacies of a wedding event – the emotions, moving parts, and timing challenges you’ll face as a photographer
  • solutions to common issues that pop up when you’re planning or on the shoot

You’ll also get those all important tips on how to deal with stressful scenarios such as:

  • working with other suppliers on the day
  • managing guests, family and friends
  • dealing with other things that may crop up unexpectedly on the wedding day.

One of the best risk-free starting points for becoming a wedding photographer

Lily has graciously shared her best advice on becoming a wedding photographer so you can benefit from the mistakes she has made and the pearls of wisdom she has picked up that will help you make the bride and groom’s day.

If you want to get a feel for what wedding photography may have in store for you, then this eBook is one of the best risk-free starting points, backed by our 60-day money back guarantee.

It’s like having Lily as a personal mentor as she gives you an almost ‘over the shoulder’ view of life as a wedding photographer to give you all the tips you would normally have to glean from being ‘on the job’.

You can download copy of this beautifully presented, engaging and practical eBook for just $9 USD.

Here’s a look at the table of contents and a peek inside:

Table of contents

  • Introduction
    4
  • Where do you start?
    4
  • This E-book
    11

  • Chapter 1: How to be a good wedding photographer
    12

  • Chapter 2: Equipment for wedding photography
    21
  • Lenses
    22
  • Flash Guns and Triggers
    28
  • Light stands
    monopods and tripods

  • Chapter 3: A step-by-step guide to photographing a wedding day
    30
  • Bride and Groom getting ready
    31
  • Ceremony
    34
  • Portraits
    36

  • My five-step formula for shooting bride and groom portraits in under 20 minutes
    38
  • Quick tips on posing your bride and groom during your short portrait session
    41
  • Reception
    44
  • Speeches
    45
  • First dance and party
    45

  • Lighting Bonus: How to light wedding receptions and the first dance
    47
  • My first Speedlight
    47
  • Three ways to use a Speedlight at events or wedding receptions
    48
  • Chapter 4: Editing
    53
  • Batch processing using Adobe Bridge
    54
  • Batch processing steps
    56
  • Life after Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge
    63
  • Backups
    65

  • Chapter 5: Products
    66
  • 4 tips for album design
    68
  • Other products you can offer
    70

  • Chapter 6: Pricing
    71
  • How I found my happy place in pricing
    73

  • Chapter 7: Marketing your business
    78
  • Email marketing
    79
  • Social media
    80
  • Traditional advertising routes
    81
  • Charities and auctions
    81
  • Website advertising
    82
  • Blogging and Vlogging
    83
  • Word of mouth
    84
  • Clients for Life
    86

  • Conclusion
    87

 

The Woman behind the eBook (and the Viewfinder) Lily Sawyer

Lily Sawyer

Lily taught for six years in higher education prior to becoming a professional photographer 9 years ago. In that time she’s had three children and has photographed more than 500 weddings, events and portraits combined. Newlyweds describe Lily as a bride’s best friend and photographer-ninja rolled into one. Her organised approach ensures their day goes smoothly as she creatively captures their wedding with them barely noticing. Her teaching in this book is very similar, as you follow her approach, you’ll realise how much you pick up from her years of experience as she casually imparts her knowledge without fuss.

 

 

What people are saying…

Nisha RamroopIt is not only obvious that the author truly loves and is passionate about shooting weddings, but that she is versed in all aspects of being a successful wedding photographer. The Wedding Photography eBook is comprehensive and easy to read, as Lily openly shares her own experiences, perspectives and work ethic – which you can customize to suit your own style and objectives.

Even when she is specific about her workflow, the principles are general ones that can be applied / tailored to your requirements. Every experience is a lesson which you can relate to if you have ever shot a wedding – complete with how to deal with common issues or prevent them altogether. She is a master of her craft who is very knowledgeable about her industry. I especially loved how the chapters flow into each other, starting with the basics of creating a business plan to actual shooting on the day, bonus technical details, equipment, pricing and marketing – all well thought out and cohesive. I would recommend this eBook to anyone looking to solidify themselves as a professional wedding photographer.

-Nisha Ramroop


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