Hi guys. I'm susan stripling and this is the wedding photography starter kit. This is for all of you out there who've never shot a wedding or thinking of shooting your first wedding or considering being a wedding photographer or maybe our brand new in business. Hopefully this will give you a good primer as to what the world of wedding photography is light and hopefully you enjoy it. So without further ado, let's get started. I want to give you a little background on me so that you know who I am and where I'm coming from and why I'm here teaching you wedding photography. Like I said, my name is susan stripling. This is me. Those are my daughters is beautiful photograph by creative live instructor su bryce, who is amazing. I have been a wedding photographer for fourteen years. I did not go to school for wedding photography. There will be a lot of people out there who will tell you o to be a wedding photographer. You have to go to college for it, or you have to have a degree in it, and I'...
m here to tell you that you definitely don't most of my friends and I in the wedding photography world, actually, you're not formally educated as photographers, I have a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a minor in dance which prepared me to do pretty much nothing eso while I was doing pretty much nothing, I was temping I had been waiting tables I was a stay at home mom to my oldest daughter when she was very young uh colleague of my husband at the time was getting married and she didn't really have the money to hire a wedding photographer, and she was looking for someone to just take pictures at her wedding. She wasn't looking for a professional to be very clear, this was the type of client was never going to hire a fifteen hundred dollar wedding photographer or a five thousand dollar wedding photographer. She just wanted a friend with a good camera to take some pictures for her, and she knew that I liked to take pictures of my daughter. I'd taken some pictures here and there with a point and shoot camera for their company website, and she asked me, hey, do you want to shoot my wedding? And I said, yeah, it sounds like a great idea and then I promptly went home and said, what did I just agree to do? I just I volunteered to shoot somebody's wedding I'm not a photographer, I have no idea what I'm doing well, I had six months between that date and the date of the wedding to start educating myself about photography and I got online and I started reading and I went to the bookstore and I bought books and in those six months I learned that I didn't really know what I was doing and that the best thing that I could do when I went to that wedding was not to try anything too complicated so I went out with a very limited amount of gear with a very limited set of skills, but I knew I knew where my limitations were, so I shot the wedding as best I could I delivered the pictures to her she loved them, her friends love them. Some of her friends called me and said, hey, we're getting married too we shoot our wedding and I said no, no, no wait this was like just a favor for jess here I'm not actually a wedding photographer and they said, well do for us what you did for her and we're gonna be super happy so that's sort of where that got started I did a few weddings for friends and friends of friends and then I thought maybe this would be a really fun part time job so I signed up to display at a bridal fair at the time I was living in tallahassee, florida, and I went to the bridal fair and I picked up enough clients to fill my first year of business did about twelve weddings ish my first year and the first year, I was just thinking this could be a fun part time job, I thought, oh, I'll just work on the weekends and it's gonna be great, and I really quickly learned that even on a part time level, this wasn't just a job that you did on the weekends. This is a full time job and a very small component of it actually happened on the weekends. So after about a year, year and a half of doing this part time, I sat down and I looked at my skills and I said, you know, I'm getting much better at this. I think maybe this could be a full time job. I think there might actually be a career here, so there was about a year we're in, I was taking it from part time to full time, and I'm going to talk to you sort of about what those steps were to take it from one place to another, and then after I'd been in business for about two and a half years, started working really hard on my skills, improving my ability as a photographer, and like I said, I've been here for fourteen years, and I have no plans on stopping any time soon.
Are you really prepared to shoot your first wedding? Wedding photography comes with a lot of moving parts and committing to your first paid gig can be intimidating. In Wedding Photography Starter Kit with Susan Stripling, you’ll get the low down on everything you need to know before you head out on your first official wedding-related shoot.
Susan’s wedding photography has earned accolades from around the globe. But her success wasn’t built overnight. In Wedding Photography Starter Kit, she’ll detail every step in the process of starting out. You’ll learn about:
- Transitioning from shooting as a hobby to making it a business
- The process of getting clients and booking a wedding
- The gear you need to have on hand
- How a typical wedding shoot flows
Wedding photography has the potential to be a lucrative profession for any photographer who is willing to work hard and develop the skills. In Wedding Photography Starter Kit, you’ll get advice on starting a photography business from a serious professional who knows exactly what it takes to thrive.