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  • Writer's pictureLucia Cintra

Common Misconceptions About Wedding Photography

Common misconception about wedding photography

I still remember comments like:

"Must be nice to only work on weekends and not have a stressful job", when I told people I was a wedding photographer.

Or... a photographer I know mentioned that one of the guests from a wedding he was photographing asked what his real job was! Lol.


Say What? 😳


Maybe that's the case for a hobbyist, but when you're both a photographer and a business owner, you and I know things are quite different.


Here are the top 3 misconceptions about being a wedding photographer in my opinion. And for those of you who are just starting out, get ready for some inside scoop:

 

Myth #1: You only work weekends.

A wedding photography business owner ends up working way longer than a typical 40 hour week, especially if it’s a new start up. Although weddings do fall mostly on weekends, all the other work still needs to be done. Some of our responsibilities include:

  • Photographing

  • Editing

  • Designing

  • Website updates

  • Social media

  • Networking

  • Customer service

  • Marketing

  • Sales

  • Accounting

  • Project manager

  • Problem Solver

  • Just to name a few!


Myth #2: The only time you interact with booked clients is on their wedding day.

That might be true to a freelancer, but I personally am in constant contact with my clients from booking until after their wedding day.

Whether it be by:

  • Answering questions and offering advice along the way

  • Sharing wedding day guides designed for them

  • Working on their timeline together

  • Shooting engagement and boudoir sessions

  • Designing wedding albums

Giving clients an amazing experience is top priority to me.

 

Myth #3: Your fancy camera takes such beautiful photos!

Okay Boo, this one just makes me laugh! My response to that is normally: "Thanks, I taught it everything it knows". On a serious note, a 'fancy camera' is pretty much useless if you don't know how to use it to create beautiful images.


Understanding how to operate our cameras is imperative. That's when practicing comes into play. As creatives, we already have a good eye for composition, but also knowing how to direct and pose people, make them comfortable in front of the camera and have fun at the same time will set you apart!


So there it is, at least my take on it. Do you guys have anything else to add to the list of misconceptions about what we do? Let me hear your thoughts.



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