What do I need to expect if I’m starting event photography business? This is the question of many photographers who are still starting out.
Well, there are a few things you need to expect and prepare for. The joy of event photography is snapping great pictures of the amazing performances, surprises, and unexpected moments of guests enjoying themselves. Ability to take pictures is a must, but aside from that here are the things you need to know.
Know what event you’re shooting for
As a beginner, you won’t be shooting for major events or big parties of rich celebrities. It can be a small get together of less than 25 people in a cramped room. Or a private birthday party of a neighbor, but the very first step you need to do is know what the event is.
This will help you in knowing where you should aim your lens at. Knowing the event will also help you identify the main characters that you should take more pictures of.
Know what gears you should take with you
This is relative to the kind of place you’ll be shooting. Events can be held indoor or outdoor and depending on your style, may mean that you have to bring a different camera and lighting kit.
Some photographers opt for using the same gears wherever they shoot. If that’s you than all you need to do is make sure that your gears are prepared for the event. All batteries charged, cameras working, and memory cards empty.
Know who the key figures are
In every event, there are usually one or a few important people who had made huge contributions or achieved a great accomplishment. It is important to know who these people are and to take more pictures of them.
If you are working with an assistant, he/she should also be informed of this. Taking various angles of the figures will definitely better result.
During the day of the event, ask for more information on who the person is. Take pictures of him getting ready for the scene may also be interesting. Or pictures of him first arriving at the location. But these are all possible only when you know who the person is.
In other words, do not promote yourself when working or placing your cards around the room unless your client told you to or have given you green light to do it. Or, if a certain guest is interested to know more about you, make it quick and excuse yourself to focus on the job.
This may seem like you’re getting a big chance go away, but showing your professionalism may actually build even more interest and trust in your skills.
Do your best even in the smallest event
For beginners, the first event you shoot may not be as big as your expectations, but it is still the first step. Getting it right is important to get more offers in the future.
Remember that experience is very important and if your future clients can see quality images from a small event, they will want to trust you more with bigger events like SmartPicsUK Event Photography does. And lastly, good luck with your first event photography!