Experience can be hard to come by with especially if you are new to the industry as a wedding photographer. One way for you to gain experience in a somewhat guided and structured way would be for you to actively apply and work through internships being offered out to you as a professional wedding photographer. When you are working things out through an internship with a more experienced wedding photographer, you are technically being guided by that said wedding photographer as well. It is like getting some kind of mentorship program all at the same time as well on top of gaining experience as a wedding photographer. If you are currently taking up a photography course or if you are attending any classes and the like, make it a point to check out the admin board of the school that you are attending in to see if there are any internship programs being offered out to the students. Check them out online as well. Some of the wedding photographers prefer to put their offers out online so it would be nice if you will be able to keep a keen eye out for posts like these because this can be the best way for you to gain experience as a wedding photographer at the end of the day.
It will not hurt if you start off as someone’s hired hand or assistant. Even if it means that you will not be behind the camera or even if you don’t end up being the main man, you will still learn a thing or two from the wedding photographer that you are trying to provide assistance to at the end of the day. The great thing about apprenticeships is that although you will not exactly be earning big bucks or earning as much as you would like to as a wedding photographer, you will still be earning enough to get you by or to keep you afloat the entire time that you are still trying to go ahead and gain experience through it when it all comes down to it. The path towards commercial success will turn out to be an uphill climb and you will be having a hard time and end up struggling a lot before you even come near to attaining any modicum of success as a wedding photographer. You are going to need the money that you earn from apprenticeships to help pay the bills. After all, even if the bookings will not be coming in yet, you can bet your bottom dollar that the bills will keep coming month after month no matter what happens.
Pro bono work
The thing is, no one will really be all that willing to hire you just yet given the fact that you don’t really have anything in your portfolio. You are going to need to work your way through it. Pro bono work is the answer to this. Check out if you will be able to provide coverage to friends and other relatives and offer it out for free. Make it a point to not make any guarantees though and go through it as a backup Berkshire wedding photographer.