It seems that everyone wants to be a wedding photographer these days.....
I guess the desire for a more balanced lifestyle places a premium on photography as a profession due to the flexible hours. But let me warn any aspiring photographer, especialy in the wedding photography field, that its not a piece of cake. Let me tell you why:
Firstly, there's loads of wedding photographers out there. Competition is intense. Many are part-timers who do weddings only on the weekends and are able to charge low prices and promise the moon in their services. Any person aspiring to plunge headlong into this field must be prepared to slog it out with other photographers who are able to charge a fraction of the price, plus not have the overheads of a full-time studio. You will have to last financially for the first two or three years.
Secondly, technology has progressed much over the last decade into the digital form. With cameras on every iPhone and Blackberry (and with flash to boot), the person who holds the camera is not the only one who can take a shot. If clients are not fussy with the quality of their wedding shots, there are many other options for them like getting their friends to shoot their wedding for free. Another aspect of technology is Photoshop. With photoshop, anyone with some basic computer skills can make a lousy picture look good.
Finally, to succeed in wedding photography requires more than just technical skills. In fact, you need much business and people skills to really do well. This is because wedding photography essentially involves building trust and communication with the couple, plus marketing your skills. So be prepared to ramp up on your social skills and emotional intelligence by perhaps attending some classes on these topics before setting out.
Last but not least, it would be helpful if you could test the market before you leap, perhaps doing it part-time first. That would really help you from a financially costly mistake.
dennis ng - singapore wedding photographer