Rick wrote us an email, I thought I’d post his questions here and my response so everyone can chime in.
Are you aware of any workshops, or DVD’s that teach how to go about shooting weddings?
I feel overwhelmed and need direction…any thoughts?
First, I took a look at your work, I really like the wedding love story. It tells their story well. Also, congratulations on getting a 40D!!! They are great cameras, I’m sure it will take you very far in your photography.
Second, thanks so much for the great compliments!!!
Lastly, I cannot recommend any workshops to you… There are so many great teachers and so many horrible teachers doing workshops; I would instead recommend you call up some photographers who you admire and ask them out to lunch to pick their brains. Most photographers will love the opportunity to get a free lunch… I mean… share their knowledge over lunch… HAHA. If you click with them, don’t hesitate to ask if you could shoot with them at a wedding. That is the best workshop in the world, live life experience.
Ok, so… I’m not that cold… I’ll recommend a few things to get you started. The hands down best resource for a photographer that is kind of stuck, maybe feeling overwhelmed, needing direction or just want inspiration is The [ b ] School blog archives (or watch them in iTunes). I guarantee if you watch them all you will be inspired and have direction.
Don’t let the fact that the videos are FREE make you feel they are less valuable than DVDs or workshops you can pay for. [ b ] School paid A LOT of money to produce those videos… A LOT… more money than many people make in a whole year… LOTS. They are the most valuable videos available to wedding photographers out there. We, The Bui Brothers, produced the first 75 of the videos and Becker produced the other 75 or so (yep, he is a great photographer and a video blogger).
After you are all done watching the [ b ] school blog videos, sign up for twitter and start to talk to other photographers, get to know them and hang out with them. It will inspire you.
I’m sure there is much more I can say, but I’ll keep it short. I’ve decided to post this reply to our blog so others can discuss it too.
Let’s chat in the comments.