Wedding Photographer

Sarina Rashid Period 10

Career Details

-The duties of a wedding photographer are to capture memories, that will last a life time. They need to be attentive and on task 100% of the time. They need to be passionate and creative when it comes to shooting events. They also need to time oriented to make sure everything is going according to plan, and editing isn't taking to long.

-The working schedule is usually you go to gigs on the weekend, and are working from 6 am till 1 am recording the whole day. Then during the week you come into the office from 8 am - 6 pm.

-The Working location changes for each job, because you are at different venues for different weddings every weekend. Although during the week when you're editing to photos in the office it would be Chicago-land Area based.

-On average Wedding Photographers make around 35,980 per year, as of may 2010.


Employers usually place more emphasis on creative and technical abilities than formal education when hiring wedding photographers, according to the BLS. However, there are associate's, bachelor's and even master's degree programs in photography that can give wedding photographers both experience and skills in how to apply various photographic styles, use different lighting techniques and develop business acumen. Wedding photographers must also have an advanced understanding of digital and traditional camera mechanics, such as exposure, focus and different shutter speeds.


A basic understanding of business finance, marketing, pricing, copyright laws and contracts is necessary skill for freelance wedding photographers. Without copyright protection, a photographer's work might not be safe. Interpersonal skills are also very important for wedding photographers, who must interact with couples and their families during a stressful time. Much of the wedding photographer's editing work may be done at home, so an appropriate office setting with current technology is usually necessary.

Job Outlook/Growth

Because it is mostly free lance there is no way to keep track of how many jobs will arise. But if you are talented enough and have prices that aren't ripping people off you should have a job within the career.

Advancement/Related Jobs

There is always room to advance in wedding photography. For instance you can start out as an apprentice and move on to a professional photographer, then to a certified editor, and then to booking management, and then to co-owner of the business.

Related jobs could range anywhere between graphic designer, a photographer under a different label, to a magazine editor.