1. Get some kind of experience first before even thinking about getting any clients to cover.
If you have not covered any kind of wedding before, don’t even think of doing it now; at least not until you are able to get some kind of experience. Wedding photography is more complicated and requires more hours and level of expertise compared to other legs of photography whose shoot periods may just last about 1-2 hours in a studio setting. Wedding photography is nothing like that. Do yourself a favor and offer to assist a more established a pro photographer first before even thinking about booking any clients. Experience is the best teacher and that is more applicable than ever especially when it comes to this particular field.
2. Prepare your gear ahead of time.
Wedding photography is not the easiest niche to get into and neither is it the cheapest. The thing is cameras, especially the high quality ones, really take a lot of money and can seriously burn a hole in your finances. Save up for enough money to get a high quality DSLR camera. You can start with the more basic 5D or the upgraded 1-Series, whatever fits your budget, really. But you have to prepare for that and for a secondary one of similar quality. The second camera will be your backup for when something happens to your main camera. It’s just smart planning.
3. Have a heart to heart talk with your clients and go over all of the options in detail.
Your clients are your prime priorities. You have to know what they want and how they want it done. Have an open discussion with them and go back and forth in brainstorming and sharing ideas and inputs about the things that are possible for you to deliver and the things that are not. Be honest and firm but still polite when you come across some hurdles as you most likely will when it comes to some topics such as pricing and turnaround time. Diplomacy is your best friend here so hone your skills properly.
4. Get someone to assist you by all means.
You can’t cover a wedding all alone. Wedding photography is too complex for that. You can pay an assistant to assist you in all your gigs or just get a friend to help you while you’re still starting out. Whatever works for you should be fine.
5. Attend some classes to help you get better at your craft
Formal training never hurt anybody. Getting some kind of advancement in your field in the form of academics is a great idea to start off with especially if this is something that you would like to really delve into on a more professional playing field. Plus, certifications look pretty in your resume if you want to apply for any photography jobs in the future.
6. Get your legalities covered by having an iron clad contract set in place.
A contract that mitigates your risks and gets your liabilities covered is an absolute must. Get it reviewed by a lawyer just to make sure you don’t come across any kinds of loopholes whatsoever.