Mph There's plenty of wedding photographers, and some well respected ones who have used two professional models dressed them up and shot them on a wonderful location and used the images on their websites as bride and groom - dishonest ?
16 to 20 hours? It isn't unusual to shoot 2000 images at a wedding. You have at least a day or two's work before tje wedding takes place. I know that sounds excessive but each time you have contact and do any preperation it all adds up. The day can easily be 12 hours if not considerably more with travel. I have shot weddings where I have been working for 16 hours plus. Going through the 2000 shots, starting to cut them down, preparing the proofs, doing the edits, choosing the album, helping the client decide... I think realistically it's a couple of weeks work unless you get a production line going. Whatever amount you charge whether it be £250 or £2500 you won't find many wealthy wedding photographers. I actually find weddings rather tiring and they can be quite lonely... Everyone spends all day getting merrier and marrier, they all sit down and feast whilst you are lucky to get a sandwich. Photographing many weddings certainly puts you off having one yourself ever! Haha. Back to the original post, as others say, attend weddings, lots of them. Watch how others work, how they handle the situations. If you are not good at handling lots of stress then don't do it. If you are not fantastic with people, don't do it. If your photography sucks.... Then take your time and that can improve. Go on one of Andy Gaine's workshops. He won wedding photographer of the year last year. I have worked alongside him filming a wedding. His way of working is unconventional, laid back and quite honestly, I wasn't convinced that he was doing an amazing job at the time but he certainly was.... You could learn a lot from people like that....oscarCheck out weddings taking place in your area. Go and watch. Don't intrude. Everything needs to have a plan + plan B. What happens if you are ill on the day? Who will do the shoot for you? Work out your costs based on this being your prime income. A wedding will entail 16/20 hours from initial enquiry to final images. Any questions ask.