This is NOT full-time or even part-time work... it is intermittent weekend wedding shooting and assisting.
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. I do NOT pay high-end professional rates because you're not sharing the same responsibilities that I have, nor do you have to do any post-processing or administrivia. But it's cash, and the hourly rates are a lot more than any other part-time job. There are no "benefits." With luck, you might walk away with two grand in cash this summer.
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 an 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 most 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 dicking around 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 hauling ass out of bed on a Saturday morning, don't waste my time by inquiring.
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.
Easygoing and fun to work with when at a shoot. But I'm a hard-ass 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, which are non-negotiable.
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 pick up your smart phone in the middle of a conversation with me. If you have a print portfolio, bring it.
Finally, to get a feel for this studio, 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 while I took the actual shot.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in discussing this opportunity.