When you are a talented photographer and you want to put those talents to good use, you may be considering starting your own event photography business. Of course, having never done professional photography, you may not be sure what you can and should do to get your business started and make sure that all of your customers (including the very first one) are happy with their photographs. Get to know a few of the steps that you can take to ensure that your burgeoning photography business gets started on the right foot and that you and your customers are all happy with the work that you do.
Invest In Lighting Equipment
One of the things that you have to remember about event photography is that the venue will change often. You can never predict exactly how the existing lighting in a church, nightclub or reception hall will be, and the right lighting can make or break a photograph.
Investing in additional lighting equipment aside from the built-in flash that your camera equipment already has will give you more options and allow you to take amazing posed and candid photos at events. This lighting equipment can be a more high-powered external auto-flash or a speed flash to capture movement in low lighting. You can also get lighting screens and even portable stand lights if you plan to shoot weddings, graduations, or other events that include several posed pictures.
Get A Wide Format Printer Or Set Up Arrangements With A Service
Most clients who will pay you for your event photography skills will not be satisfied with just your average 4x6 or even 8x10 photographs that you can print out yourself on any average printer. They will want larger prints in special sizes that your usual printer just cannot accommodate.
To solve this problem, you have two options. The first is to invest in a wide format printer of your own. A wide format printer will allow you to create large high-quality prints of event photographs for your clients right at home or in your studio. The issue, of course, is that the professional quality wide format printers can be quite expensive depending on the brand and exact specifications you choose. There is also the cost of ink, paper, repairs, and maintenance to worry about.
Another option is to make arrangements to work with a wide format printing service. This can be a much less expensive option for your photography business, especially when you are just getting started. These wide format printing services can provide you with the best quality prints quickly and will allow you to specify the type of paper, type of ink, and format of the photos. They often offer both standard and custom sized prints as well to better suit your clients' needs.
Now that you know more about some of the steps you should take when starting your own event photography business, you can get started as soon as possible and make sure that you are making the right choices and decisions for your new business venture.