Getting Started in the Wedding Industry: Part 2

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Editor’s note:  This is a two-part series from award winning wedding photographer, Sam Stroud, who has been featured in various international publications.  In this article, Sam is sharing advice on how he went from having 5 weddings in year one, to 88 weddings in year three.  Read Part 1 of this series here.

The Industry is Not Your Friend

Some of you may read that and get an uneasy feeling. I am not saying, “Be the wedding photographer everyone hates.” Networking is an important part of being successful down the road. Yes, there people in this business who will pretend to love you and will suck you dry of all your energy, creativity and well-being. (Side note: Steer clear of those people. But you knew that already.). Maybe what I should say here instead is—Pit yourself against this entire industry. YOU are the reason you will succeed. You are…

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