‘The couple are not buying a number of images; they are buying the story of their day.
The editing side of this job can be very time consuming, so make sure you have an efficient workflow system in Lightroom or whatever – I use my own presets, but there are lots you can buy or try for free.’ Rob also emphasises the importance of having back-up gear and being honest with the couple before taking on the job.
So what do readers moving into this potentially lucrative area need to think about?
Most churches and registry offices won’t allow bounce flash, so I tend to shoot at wide apertures, using higher ISOs.
The latest Fujifilm primes are amazing – some are as wide as f/1.2.
‘Are you somebody who can naturally gather and cajole people in a non-aggressive manner?
If not, you need to limit the group shots or get another guest to help,’ he says.
In today’s world, it’s quite challenging for anyone trying to make money from photography.
Everybody is a photographer these days thanks to smartphones, and the tsunami of images posted online has diminished the perceived value of the photographic image.
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) runs wedding photography and portrait workshops, and members get a discount.
Rob Sanderson has been in the wedding photography business for more than 10 years.
‘Not everyone can afford full-time pros, so there is definitely room for amateurs,’ he says, but don’t pretend to be a professional when you’re not.’ Rob gets most of his work through word-of-mouth recommendations.