Your camera is your main weapon and as with all weapons, you are going to need more than just one when you are out in the battlefield. Professional wedding photographers need to have more than just one camera when filming weddings because of several reasons. The first and primary reason being the fact that a backup system and contingency plan is needed in the event that something happens to the gear. If, by the unfortunate chance that the gear malfunctions or anything like that, you still need to keep filming the event. The event won’t stop for you. And you cannot afford to miss any shots because more often than not, you are contractually bound to deliver. It is either that or you will get very bad publicity if you mess up someone’s wedding coverage. The second reason why you need more than just one camera is because you can put in a different kind of lens on that second one. This will make it so much easier for you to switch in between lenses as well and you don’t have to fumble with screwing lenses on and off because two cameras can solve that problem all in one go.
Another helping hand never hurt anyone. When covering wedding events, always find someone to assist you. If you’re starting out and can’t afford getting a permanent assistant just yet, it might be wise to have a protégé who goes to photography school who can consider assisting you as training he can get on the job. If that still isn’t possible for you to have, it is perhaps wise to call in a favor from a friend or a family member who is willing to lend you a helping hand at some point. It would be unwise for you to cover a wedding event all on your own because it takes a lot of manpower and focus and there is equipment and other accessories that you would need to worry about.
You also have to be a people person in order to be an effective essex wedding photographer. You would have to learn the balance of being able to speak firmly enough that people will take you seriously but still polite enough that people will not misconstrue you for being bossy or rude. Try to be friendly and outgoing and make small talk with the entourage and the other guests as well. Learn crowd control and being able to take the reins when it is time for a group photo op or so.
Learn how to network. If you’re ever going to thrive in the world of wedding photography, then you would need to learn how to make connections and tap into them when the time is right. Connect with other people working the wedding events you’re covering. Talk to the caterers, you never know when they have an upcoming client and they like you enough to refer you. Same thing goes for the florists and wedding planners. Wedding planners in particular are the gold mine for photographers because they have clients who have already booked and they’re the ones hiring out for other services because they’re basically the middle man. So chat the planners up, give them your best business cards, be friendly and wait for the clients to pour in.