Since you likely only see your wedding photography at your consultation and on your wedding day, it can be easy to think they don’t do much work. The definition of it on Zip Recruiter is so simple. In reality, however, most of a photographer’s job is unseen by their clients, from education and training to planning to editing your images into art.

Most photographers have been told that their job is “just pressing a button,” that it’s easy or something anyone could do. But photography takes skill, talent, and a solid business mind. It requires starting your own company from scratch and building it into something that can become your full-time career.

So, what does a wedding photographer do? So much more than just taking photos of your walk down the aisle! Let’s look at how a photographer prepares for and captures a wedding.

Wedding photography does before the wedding

Long before we photograph a wedding, I start working with the couple. Most brides or couples contact me well before their wedding date because my calendar can fill up quickly.

We usually first hear from a potential wedding client via phone or email, after which we will set up a time to meet in person or virtual via zoom. During this meeting, we discuss their plans for their big day—how many people are in the wedding party, the venue (if chosen), and what they want to capture about their big day.

After this first consultation, we’ll create a contract and documents for the client to review and sign. I stay in touch with my clients after the contract is signed, getting more details about their wedding day as their planning progresses. If possible, we might meet in person again to go over the timeline for the day or shoot an engagement session.

Each couple’s needs and wants are different, and it’s important to me to get to know my clients individually so I can better create the images they want of their wedding.

Wedding photographer does on the Wedding Day

On the wedding day, I will constantly be around! From the first moments of getting ready to your exit from the reception, I’ll work hard to capture every memory and moment of your day. A wedding day is often anywhere from 6 to 12 hours of work for me, organizing and posing the wedding party, family, and couple for portraits and capturing candid moments as they happen.

Wedding photographer takes pictures of the couple

Wedding photography does after the Wedding

Once your wedding day ends, we edit your images and build out your gallery. We may contact you occasionally as I prepare your gallery and any products you have ordered, such as albums or wall art. It will take several weeks to process and edit your images—a time-intensive process that means going through hundreds of photos and choosing the best ones to show off your wedding day.

Most clients don’t know much about this process and shouldn’t have to! This behind-the-scenes work is the hard work of photography. I love photographing weddings and spending time with clients. Much more time and effort goes into creating images you will love and cherish for years to come.

We aim to make this process easy and low-stress for my clients.

All the Other Details

In between weddings and sessions, so much other work goes into maintaining a photography business, from accounting and creating invoices to keeping everything organized and running smoothly. I have to keep my images backed up to ensure that nothing ever gets lost keep my gear well-maintained and replace or repair it when needed.

We also take time to continue our education, attending workshops and training to stay on top of the latest trends and skills. There’s always more to learn, and our photography education is never complete.

In addition to the details of running and maintaining my business, I have to answer phone calls, text messages, emails, Facebook DMs—you name it. There are various ways to contact us, and potential clients use every single one. We review initial inquiries and do our best to get back to everyone quickly.

Being a photographer is a full-time job—and then some! But we wouldn’t trade this career for anything else. We love capturing the memories that matter most to my clients, providing them with photos to look back on for years.

Happy Planning!

It doesn’t have to end here. Check out more of this Seattle wedding photographer’s work by visiting our portfolio.

You’ve seen it all and want to contact us for your portrait session, wedding, or event. You can do that by contacting us through our contact form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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