This is NOT full-time or even part-time work... it is intermittent weekend wedding shooting and assisting. The first gig isn’t until late May, and the last will probably be early November.
I expect 25-30 weddings on my books for the summer, but the majority only want one photographer. You might see 8 to 10 gigs all summer long, which is good because then it won't totally destroy your summer weekend social life like it does mine.
Pay is commensurate with experience, but usually goes like this: first wedding: $30 per hour cash. Do well and second wedding will be $40 per hour cash. Do well again, and you go to my top rate at your third wedding, which is $50 per hour cash. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT’S THE WAY IT WILL GO, but if you do a good job and have a reasonable skillset, the $30-$40-$50 progression is not an unreasonable assumption. There are no "benefits." With luck, you might walk away with two grand in cash this summer.
So, what constitutes a “good job”? Well…
You do not have to be a terrific photographer for this gig because for you, much of it is pretty snapshotty stuff. You DO need to be familiar with basic principals of photography and lighting because I need you to assist me. You need a reasonably nice DSLR or mirrorless camera and a speedlight, and know how to use reflectors, etc. You don't need to be an expert, I'll train a good amateur who has some familiarity with photography and a functioning brain.
Physically fit - wedding work is physically demanding. There are seldom any breaks in the action, and you're on your feet a LOT. You'll be carrying camera gear, but it's generally under 40 pounds at most and oftentimes it is on wheels. The longest days are 7 or 8 hours, most are only 5 or 6.
Mentally alert - You don't get do-overs on someone's wedding day. You have to nail it pretty much on the first go-round. You'll be tuned in to the action all day and won't be on your iphone EVER throughout the gig.
Trustworthy/Reliable/Dependable and with transportation that is the same. We don't show up late for wedding gigs. If you have trouble getting out of bed without a hangover on a Saturday morning, don't waste my time by inquiring.
Personable/Helpful/Friendly/Courteous with the clients - they've been planning for the whole preceding year for this one picture-perfect day. Help me make it happen for them. I win awards from bridal sites every year for my popularity with couples. Though some of these are country club affairs, you do not have to be squeaky clean - REASONABLE levels of hair, tattoos, piercings, etc. are fine with me and my clientele.
Apolitical: WE DO NOT DISCUSS POLITICS OR RELIGION around here, especially at someone’s wedding itself. Focus on the photography.
I am easygoing and fun to work with when at a shoot. But I'm a stickler about all the "you are" stuff above. The quality of your photography isn't nearly as important as your attitude and those other traits above.
If you have an online portfolio, point me to it.
Secret to a successful interview with me: Wear a clean shirt and try to act halfway interested. The fastest way to lose the gig is to be looking at your smart phone in the middle of a conversation with me. If you have a print portfolio, or an ipad or laptop full of your work, bring it.
Finally, to get a feel for the style of this studio, click here to watch this youtube video of mine. Of the 48 photos in that video, five were taken by my assistants and probably half of the other 43 - which were mine - had some lighting or posing or other assistance from my second shooter while I took the actual shot.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in discussing this opportunity.