Other wedding photographers
In wedding photography, although it may be true that the competition can turn out to be really quite tough at times, this is in no way related to how you should be treating other wedding photographers you happen to know in your area. If any, you should go out of your way to make sure that you get to reach out to them as much as possible. The communities of wedding photography in various areas are usually close knit. They help each other out in terms of tips and even recommendations and potential clients. You will not be able to stand all alone and expect to make tremendous progress in wedding photography at the same time.
Reach out to those wedding photographers and establish a level of relationship and camaraderie with them.
When you are constantly in contact with people who are interested in the things that you are interested with as well, there is a constant volleying back and forth of information and opinions that you will surely be able to learn something from one way or the other. This can be really healthy for your creative process as a newbie or starter wedding photographer and you should constantly work on getting inspiration from different sources.
Developing your skills in wedding photography is not an instantaneous process. It is not the kind of thing that you will be able to acquire overnight or after going through one photography course. Although there are things that can turn out to be quite useful to lean from photography courses out there, the fact remains that you will still need to pair this up with contact practice. You can try to remember all of those principles and tips in theory but if you don’t learn by doing, it can be very easy to forget about the things that you read about or learn about if you don’t get to apply them in a real world setting or situation. Most of the wedding photographers out there are kinetic learners. Kinetic learning is required in a job such as this because of the level of difficulty and technicality that usually comes along.
Don’t be lazy.
Bring your camera along with you even when you don’t really feel like it. Schedule a certain routine for your practice shoots. Bring it along with you during a morning jog. Practice until your camera turns out to become something you are so intimately familiar with, you are comfortable shooting while relying on muscle memory while you are at it.
This is something that will constantly help you to bring things to a new level in your career in wedding photography. Whenever there is a bit of a lull in your wedding bookings, try to have an itinerary of personal projects for you to go ahead and check out. You will not be held back by limitations and specifics indicated by clients and you will will be more than free to try out experimental photography techniques while you are at it.