If you currently have a job or any other source of income or business, don’t let go of it.
You are going to need it as you progress in your wedding photographer career. Don’t be too brash with the career moves and decisions that you are making in your enthusiasm of becoming a wedding photographer at the end of the day. You will not really be making that much money in the beginning. As a matter of fact, it would probably be fairly safe to say that you might need a year or two before things start picking up.
You will need something to continue to sustain you all throughout those two years or more. Even if you aren’t booking too many clients yet and although most of your income generating capacity as a wedding photographer is still more or less on hold, your bills are not and they never will be. You will still need to pay the rent month in and month out. You will still need to eat every single day. You will still need money for gas, utilities, toiletries, and other basic supplies that every other human being might turn out needing one way or the other.
Don’t let your other income sources go just yet.
As a matter of fact, the more varied your income sources might turn out to be, the more secure you will be as a professional wedding photographer. Photography gear and equipment is not something that comes cheap and that is why you need to prepare ahead of time for it and make sure that you have enough money to boot. Keeping a full time job other than the aspect of being a wedding photographer can really keep you afloat and help you afford the equipment that you need as you progress in your career as a wedding photographer.
Search out your options for your wedding photographer equipment.
Try to see if you will be able to find second hand equipment that you can make do with in the beginning while you are still starting out as a wedding photographer. You don’t have to buy everything that you need all in one go especially if you do not have the money for it. Don’t push it. And more importantly, don’t start off your wedding photographer career swarming in debt. You do not really need that kind of pressure a the end of the day. Take things slow while you are still starting out. You don’t have to go too fast all of the time. There is always a right time for everything. If you can make do with pre-loved equipment for now, then you can always go for it in the meantime. The thing with wedding photographers is that they constantly work on being able to upgrade their equipment. They will try to go ahead and discard or dispose their old camera gear. This is something that you can really make use of at the end of the day. You can also opt to borrow or rent out your gear temporarily.
Maximize your time.
Don’t hire people right off the bat if those are things that you will still be able to do yourself while you are starting out as a photographer in Waterford.