How to Start a Wedding Photography Business

How to Start a Wedding Photography Business

If you love meeting new people and love taking photos, starting a wedding photography business can be a great way to make some extra income on the side – and it could even turn into a full-time job!

If you are particularly fond of a wedding photographer in Bristol, you could ask to shadow them to get some tips for breaking into the industry. If you want to do it for yourself, follow these five simple steps.


Register your business

The first thing you need to do is register your wedding photography business. Registration will help you to deal with any legal liabilities that come with having your own business. You should also create wedding photography contracts with prices and information on that you can give to your future clients.

Buy the right equipment

Your photography gear is an important, long-term investment into your new photography business. For starters, you should expect to have wedding essentials in your camera bag, including the camera itself, a variety of lenses, flash, tripod, extra batteries and memory cards and a convenient camera bag to hold it all in.

You will also need software to edit your photos. We recommend purchasing the license of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.


If you want your business to excel, then having a website is a must – especially for a wedding photographer. It’s a place where potential clients can discover you, view your work and even book sessions with you. A basic wedding photographer contract usually includes the following:

  • Bride and groom’s names and all immediate contact information.
  • Detailed description of the service you are providing for the client.
  • Breakdown of the fees (including deposit) and payment schedule.
  • Date, time and location of the ceremony and reception.
  • Rights and usage: will you give your clients the rights to all photos? Or will you give them proofs only and keep the printing rights?
  • Signatures of both parties.

Build a portfolio

As you build your experience shooting weddings, you’ll need a place to display those beautiful photos on your website.

If you don’t have any clients but you want to break into the wedding photography industry, start your portfolio off by photography children, food and products. It’ll give you an idea of how to use your different camera lenses and give you some experience with photography.

Market your business

Now that your professional website is up and running, and your beautiful photos are set up on your portfolio, it’s time to market your wedding photography business and get some clients! There are several ways you can market your photography business, but the best way is launch your own website and blog regularly about current photography trends, industry relevant news and perhaps shoots you have taken. Promote yourself on social media and grow an email list – this will help spread the word about your business and build partnerships.