Finding Wedding Photography Clients in the First Year

I’m super excited to be launching this series specifically aimed to educate and help photographers. This week, I’m sharing how I found wedding photography clients in my first year of business. These are some tips I wish someone would have shared with me when I was Googling my little heart out and still majorly confused. I’m here for you, friend. Trust me– I’ve been there6 ways to find wedding photography clients in the first year

Before I give you the tips, I just wanna get really real with you and share a little bit about my experience starting out. Allow me to take you back to a time when I didn’t know the camera modes. Before I took a side on RAW vs. JPEG. Before I owned more than 1 lens. Dare I even admit it was a kit lens?! If you think that’s bad, just wait for this one– I’m a little horrified to admit that I borrowed my photography professor’s 50mm lens for my first ever engagement session. But that perfectly illustrates where I was at, at the time. I had no idea what I was doing or how much I didn’t know. It’s absolutely amazing (and a little cringe-worthy) to look back from where I am today.

So there I was with my borrowed gear just trying to make it. I didn’t know who my ideal client was, how they would find me, or what an “ideal client” even meant. But I did know I was passionate about photography, hungry for knowledge, and determined to make it in a highly competitive industry. I didn’t have any past clients to vouch for my work (unless you count my mom), or really much work to speak of; I was where so many beginners start…at the bottom.

I didn’t let any of those things stop me. By leveraging the resources around me, I began booking brides. Real brides! And let me tell you – most of these things didn’t cost me anything.

Are you ready to hear how I went from borrowed lenses to being a full time wedding photographer? This 10 page guide shares all the top ways I found brides and booked clients in my first year and I’m giving it to you! Grab your copy of the guide below and be sure to share this with a friend!


  1. Meghan says:

    Thanks girl!! 😀 You’re the best!!!

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