Beginner Photographers- Shadowing to gain experience | Oklahoma Wedding & Engagement Photography
Shadowing another wedding photographer is an excellent way to gain valuable experience in the field. Here are some steps to help you get started with this opportunity:
Research Local Photographers: Begin by researching wedding photographers in your area. Look for professionals with a good reputation and a style that aligns with your interests. HI, I can be your girl!!
Contact Photographers: Reach out to the photographers you're interested in and inquire about the possibility of shadowing them. You can do this through email or a phone call. Be professional in your communication and express your eagerness to learn. Some photographers may charge you for this service and that is okay! You are absorbing their knowledge that they spent years perfecting!
Explain Your Intentions: Clearly explain your goals and intentions. Let the photographers know that you're looking to gain experience and insight into the world of wedding photography. Be honest about your current skill level and your willingness to assist and learn.
Be Flexible: Understand that wedding photography can be unpredictable, and you may be required to work on weekends or during busy wedding seasons. Be flexible with your schedule.
Ask Questions: During your shadowing experience, ask questions and seek feedback from the photographer. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about their techniques, equipment, and workflow. There is not such thing as a dumb question.
Respect Them and Their Clients: Remember that you are a guest at someone else's event. Always respect the photographer's clients and their wishes. Do not post images of the wedding without permission or before the main photographer has shared their gallery with them. Do not pass out business cards or tag clients in your images. You are gaining experience and photos for your portfolio. You are not marketing or growing your clientele off the hard work of another photographer.
Build a Relationship: Use this opportunity to build a professional relationship with the photographer. This can open doors for future collaborations or referrals. There are enough clients for everyone and if the photographer needs a second shooter or to turn down a wedding in the future, they may refer the client to you.
Dress Appropriately: Dress professionally and appropriately for a wedding. You may need to blend in with the guests or have a specific dress code to follow. Ask the photographer what the dress code is prior to the wedding.
Express Gratitude: After the experience, express your gratitude to the photographer for allowing you to shadow them. A thank-you note or email is a thoughtful gesture.
Apply What You've Learned: Take what you've learned and apply it to your own photography. Continue to practice and improve your skills.
Remember that shadowing is a great way to learn, but it's also a responsibility. Treat the experience seriously, and it can be a significant step in your journey to becoming a skilled wedding photographer. Message me today if you would like more details about shadowing opportunities.