Embrace failure in the beginning.
You do not become a successful wedding photographer overnight. Here’s the thing, you will most likely fail during your first few tries or even lose money during your first few wedding bookings and that’s alright. You need a few grazed knees somewhere along the way before you can figure out how to run. Failure is not a destination and there is no so-called tone of finality to it when you are a struggling and aspiring wedding photographer. Failure is just a phase that you will have to go through with before you actually head on to the throes of success in your career. People will not be to enthralled when it comes to hiring you as their main wedding photographer especially when the entries on your portfolio are few or sparse in between. This is something that you will need to suffer through. Be patient with the process. Be patient with the fact that not everything that you are going to put your hands on will turn to gold, at least not right away. You will need to learn to wait it out until it really is your time to shine and finally get to the point wherein you will be able to enjoy commercial success in what you are doing for a living.
Don’t be tunnel focused on being just like everyone else.
Bring your own brand up. Be unique and try to be your own original self as a wedding photographer. The reason why so many new startups fail is because of the fact that they are so adamant on copying the next big thing and the thing is, that really should not be the case. You will never be a trailblazer and you will never be able to go ahead and make your mark in the industry if you do not carve out a path of your own. Things will be rough and there is bound to be a lot of tough times up ahead but for as long as you keep doing your own thing and for as long as you keep on focusing on your own brand, things should look up somewhere along the way. Your own unique style and technique will be just the thing that will pull you through. You will be able to develop your own brand and people will get to know you for it. Standing out from the rest of the herd is not such a bad thing at the end of the day.
Get a job on the side.
Although the wedding photographer bookings may not start coming yet, the bills will always come in on time and that is something that you need to take care of as a fully functioning adult. You need to establish your own income source. You will not start earning a decent income out of being a professional wedding photographer during your first few years in the industry and you need something else to keep you afloat until such time comes wherein you will be able to start earning decently off of it.