How to Find Wedding Photography Clients in Your First Year

Today I’m sharing the ways I found my first wedding photography clients in my first year of business.

**** The natural light in my office was giving me a hard time, so bear with me as the light shifts throughout ****

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Before I give you the tips, I just wanna get really real with you and share a little bit about my experience starting out. Allow me to take you back to a time when I didn’t know the camera modes. Before I took a side on RAW vs. JPEG. Before I owned more than 1 lens. Dare I even admit it was a kit lens?! If you think that’s bad, just wait for this one– I’m a little horrified to admit that I borrowed my photography professor’s 50mm lens for my first ever engagement session. But that perfectly illustrates where I was at the time. I had no idea what I was doing or how much I didn’t know. It’s absolutely amazing (and a little cringe-worthy) to look back from where I am today.
So there I was with my borrowed gear just trying to make it. I didn’t know who my ideal client was, how they would find me, or what an “ideal client” even meant. But I did know I was passionate about photography, hungry for knowledge, and determined to make it in a highly competitive industry. I didn’t have any past clients to vouch for my work (unless you count my mom), or really much work to speak of; I was where so many beginners start…at the bottom.
I didn’t let any of those things stop me. By leveraging the resources around me, I began booking brides. Real brides! And let me tell you – most of these things didn’t cost me anything.

Tips Covered in This Video:
1. Put it out there
2. Utilize social media
3. Styled shoots
4. Second Shoot
5. Collect and share reviews
6. Establish a CLEAR brand

I’d love to connect with you!!

The softwares I use in business:
Dropbox –
Mile IQ –
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Mailchimp –
Photo Mechanic
Blog Stomp –
Fundy Designer – 25% off use code JOY25
Pixieset for client galleries -

Gear I use:
Pelican Case:
Nikon Camera Body D610:
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8:
Nikon 50mm 1.4:
Nikon 60mm 2.8 Macro:
Nikon 85mm 1.4:
Nikon 24-70mm 2.8:
Gepe Case :
Zeiss cleaning wipes:
Nikon Sb910 flash:
Pocket Wizard Triggers:
Genaray Video light:
Hoya close up filters:
Rain cover for cameras:

Thanks for watching!!

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P.O. Box 556
Gambrills, MD 21054

I have not been paid to promote or endorse any of these items. These are my honest opinions and thoughts. All gear has been purchased with my own money. Some links are Affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you buy it.

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Please watch: “How to create an unforgettable client experience through client gifts”



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Comments 17

  1. I am a new photographer I was getting work from last September to February now no more work .why I pass out cards I have a website and Instagram I have postings on Craigslist and 3 other sites no work why. And can yiu look at my work and tell me what's wrong

  2. Awesome video! I just put up a video about how videographers can find their first 3 wedding clients and this advice applies to us too! def some overlap between videography/photography. we gots to work together haha!

  3. Hi Joy
    I have a question about second shooting. When the main photographer is right in front of the bride&groom also they are looking at her. Yes I can go around to the side and take my shoots but I feel like they are weird cause they are not looking at me!?? You know?? It looks awkward more than an actual shot like looking away and I'm just shooting away?? Not sure if i explained this right?

  4. Hi
    I'm a new photographer. I'm finding to always doubt myself. I say things like why with clients pick me there are so many other amazing photographers out there. I'm constantly battling with that. I guess I could use some encouragement oh so how long did it take you where you were able to just be a photographer and no other job ?
    Also I have a type of style in mind that I would like to work on creating. I love the darker, black and white look, kind of a rustic look not sure if that makes any sense lol but with that have something to do with location, lens or editing or all of the above. I feel like i'm creating OK images I know I just started. But I'm feeling overwhelmed.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

  5. I am trying to understand why a brand would be important for a photographer or videographer. It seems to me they would be minimal and neutral so they are pliable to the various styles their clients are desiring in their photos or videos. And I making sense ?

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