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February 18th, 2009

Going from weekend wedding shooter to full-time pro 3

Posted by SAS Becker

In “Going from weekend wedding shooter…1” & “2,” SAS talks about finding her passion for wedding photography and how to assess if you’re ready to switch to full-time. Check back next week for “4“: How to budget for the transition.
An image by wedding photographer SAS Becker. © SAS Becker

An image by wedding photographer SAS Becker. © SAS Becker

Q: What is the biggest mindset change that needs to happen in order to make a successful transition from part-time to full-time wedding photographer?

A: Making the switch from commercial photography to the private sector seemed like an easy transition.  At first, I thought private clients would be easier than photo editors and art buyers… somehow not as demanding. This is not the case. Just think about how much is riding on a wedding: all of the planning, money, anticipation. You can almost always reshoot a model — not a wedding. I think you should approach your families and couples like a commercial shoot. You should always have a concept or an idea you are trying to convey. Are your subjects free spirited, strong, inspiring, or traditional? How will you illustrate this visually? Having a concept brings depth to your images and brings them to life. In the end, whether it’s an art director, a bride, or a new mom, all you really want is for them to be happy with the end result.

This is also really a question about values. I would prefer to think of myself as more than simply a service provider or vendor. In the end I am providing my clients with a photographic product. But, I am not making widgets here; I am giving 110% of my time, talent, and heart as an artist. My values tell me to treat it like a business. Your customer always comes first. It is my job to make sure they are satisfied. So before, during, and after the creation of the photos I am a business professional, they just get a little piece of me in every sale ;-)


  1. March 2nd, 2009 at 2:05 am


    Thank you!

  2. August 26th, 2012 at 4:16 am


    Bailey Moreland – Hello!Im looking for a ctaerive photographer to do a family session with my husband and I and our 2 dogs. I found your website through my co-worker Meredith Miller who has FABULOUS engagements pics that were taken by you. I was wondering about the investment and your availability to do this session with my family.We are looking for a very unscripted session that captures the essence of our personalities and we would love to have some unique backdrops such as graffiti, mother nature, old fences, barns etc .Please let me know if you do session of this sort.Thank you in advance!-Bailey Moreland

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