If you’re good with a camera and creative enough to do all the post-production well, wedding photography can be your perfect career option. You can earn a handsome amount of money out of it, even if you lack the so-called proper education. As a wedding photographer, you can make big money by taking pictures of not only weddings but also pre-wedding and post-wedding photoshoots.
In a country like India, a wedding is always considered a high-key function, and people don't step out from spending a lot on it. So if your work is satisfactory, you will never seize on getting assignments and you can always expect good payment. As a wedding photographer, you can easily charge 30k, keeping a high-profit margin, even in a low-budget wedding as they would be prepared for it. Expert wedding photographers are even paid 1 lakh or more bucks in high-profile weddings.
ALWAYS IN DEMAND
Though you need to keep in mind that the competition in the wedding photography market is high. Both skilled and unskilled photographers try their hand in this market to have quick money. So, the journey will surely not be a cakewalk for you. You need to grab even the tiniest opportunity that you get and give your best every time. If you always deliver quality service, no matter how small your business is, or how much less experience you have than your competitors, you will never be jobless. Also, even if you have thousands of photographers in your locality, you can always be assured that this number will never surpass the growing demand. No matter what, people will always marry, and hire a photographer to capture their special moment. So no pandemic, or economic crisis, can lose your business.
You would love your job as wedding photography includes a lot of smiles, celebrations, and mood uplifting moments. You would get to tell jovial stories out of it. As a wedding photographer, your job will be quite exciting - as no two weddings will be the same. You will visit new places, meet new people, learn new rituals and witness new cultures. Money spent on weddings will increase day by day, so will your payment. Also, there's no retirement age. So, you will be working in a happy ambience throughout your life.
BUILDING CONTACTS IS NOT DIFFICULT
As a beginner, focus on advertising. It doesn't mean you need to spend a small fortune for it- just build a good website and a portfolio. Make sure you include all the best photos clicked by you, a variety of them to show your creativity. Add some candid shots because the clients love to have their unposed moments to be captured and placed in their wedding album. You don't need to worry about having any contacts in the market. When you do your first project successfully, your work will attract more clients and you will eventually get recognition. Also, you can promote your work to the new people you meet in every wedding too.
NO SEASON IS DRY
Previously, communities like Marwaris, Sindhis, Punjabis, and Gujaratis were considered to have big fat weddings by tradition, but now, due to cross-culture marriages, every community follows some common rituals. For example, Mehndi, Sangeet, and Cocktail parties are now incorporated in most weddings, making the function all the more fat. Marriages occur in every season now, in every community. So though November to February is the peak season, you will never run out of money in any month. Post pandemic, destination weddings will be there full-fledged like before. So your work can take you to various beautiful places across the country, and even abroad.
The wedding photography field has a great future ahead. Even if you belong to a small town, you will get your clients. As you're now convinced that wedding photography is one of the most rewarding photography genres in India, go and plan your career in the wedding photography business. You will never have to regret it for sure.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC