Getting Started in the Wedding Industry: Part 1

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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.

Getting started in the wedding industry is brutal. It’s a daunting task. If you don’t believe me then just take a few minutes where you sit now and Google the phrase “Wedding Photographer.” Compare that number to any other industry in your area, and if it’s anything like the small town I live in, it’s a staggering number … and also downright depressing.

When I first decided to dive head first into shooting weddings full-time, I was scared—really scared. There was a moment of panic and fear that set in. Why would a bride ever decide to work with me? Not only were there…

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