A millennial who has been in the wedding photography industry for 4 years
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Since 2015, I have been working in the wedding photography industry for 4 years. Some may think it has been a long time, but in terms of the photography industry, this has only been quite a short time.
To talk about me and photography, it all started back in the winter of 2012. At that time, I was still working a normal 9-5 desk job, having no goals and dreams, only the daily grind. I have not yet had any interest in photography. At the end of the year when I was received my salary bonus, I walked past a second-hand camera shop, there, I got attracted by the appearance of an old twin-lens reflex camera, and that was how I bought my first camera. And because of this camera, I opened the door to the world of photography. I have never been exposed to photography, but I accidentally started with a film camera, full mechanical and even no metering. In the face of such a big challenge, I ignited my interest in photography and took time to understand the aperture, shutter, and ISO, to learn how to successfully take a photo with proper exposure.
After I got into photography and bought my first digital camera, I was invited by my friend by chance to take photos of music events and shot my first portrait. The sense of success and joy in the process became the driving force for me to shoot for my friends and led me to think of switching to photography as a career.
After several twists and turns, I finally joined my first photography company. At that time, I didn't quite know the difference between photography industries. I only knew that I joined a wedding photography company. The experience of being an assistant is a bitter one, the repetitive work every day was only to help the photographer solve his problems and ensure the photoshoot can be completed smoothly. There are very few shooting techniques that can be learned in the process, but I learnt how to get along with others and handle unexpected situations. During this period, I also saw many colleagues who were assistants like me, left the industry because of this reason.
Two years have passed very quickly, and I have been taking photos for clients for a while in the first company. But I would like to know how other companies can take photos that I couldn’t take. I gave up the opportunity to stay in the first company to be promoted as a photographer, and moved to my second wedding photography company which I think has a very interesting style. In the second company, I finally learned the reasons why I couldn’t create the photos I wanted before. After working for half a year in this company, I decided to change my working environment and become a freelance photographer to start working with other photographer friends and companies.
After a few months of freelancing, by coincidence, I joined my third wedding photography company and truly became a full-time photographer. After working in this company for a while, I was not satisfied with only shooting mainstream wedding photos. I hope that the photos I take can be more international. Therefore, I took the time to participate in some world-renowned wedding photographer workshops and tried to reach my goal step by step. After half a year, I left the company and started my own photography brand, while also taking freelance jobs from other photographer friends and companies.
Winter is often the turning point of my life. In the winter of the same year, I participated in my first international wedding photography competition and won awards in the first international competition I participated in. I won the first-place award and the second-place award for different categories in WPPI. In December of the same year, I participated in a Malaysia photographer’s workshop. The skills I learned on that day had a profound impact on my subsequent photo shooting skills.
I have been in the business for more than four years now, and I first started participating in competitions around a year ago. I gained a lot of experience and awards from the competition, and I am very grateful that I still maintain the enthusiasm when I first started my photography career. Today is my first day to join as a DC Fever blogger. I will share with you my four years of experience and share with all the friends who are passionate about photography.