Being a wedding photographer is hugely satisfying and enjoyable, but as with all creative jobs, competition is incredibly high. So how do you carve out a successful career in wedding photography? How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace?
We’ve been full-time wedding photographers for over 14 years now, we’ve shot hundreds of weddings and have learnt a lot along the way, so we’re delighted to offer wedding photography training courses and 1:1 mentoring to other photographers.
“Simon has really given me the drive and focus I need… rather than working by trial and error, I have a clear direction to go in… I couldn’t recommend him enough”MATTHEW SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY
With so many courses & wedding photography workshops available, you’ll find we can offer you something a bit different, a more personal, tailored-to-you experience.
We don’t have a standard set of things we teach, we create a bespoke plan to suit you.
We aim to target your needs, rather than offering you a one-size-fits-all business plan or method. We don’t impose our ideas & techniques on your business or make your business a clone of ours. Instead, we will like to take a holistic approach, analyse your business strengths & weaknesses, with an aim of helping you to identify areas to build upon.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING
Wedding photography is a desirable job, with a perceived low bar to entry (ie. you own a camera and you’re nice!)
We’ve seen a huge increase in people wanting to be wedding photographers over the past decade and we’ve seen dramatic increases in searches for things like ‘how much do wedding photographers make?‘ and ‘How do you become a wedding photographer?’
This has only made the industry more competitive, making it harder to stand out – it’s also resulting in many different people ‘cashing-in’ by offering courses, training and mentoring – making it very hard to know which trainers will actually be able to help you and which wedding photography course will bring the best return on your investment.
Ok, so who are we? and why should you trust us to help your business?
Simon Fazackarley is an award winning professional wedding photographer and has been at the top of the wedding industry for over a decade. He’s a member of the WPJA and Fearless photographers & also one of the only photographers to be accepted into the prestigious UKAWP – an exclusive group of wedding planners and suppliers. He has extensive wedding and portrait photography knowledge along with the hands-on experience of running a hugely successful photography business for 14+ years – a business that has generated on average 600 enquiries every year for the past decade.
He also has many years experience in design and SEO and a strong appreciation and understanding of the direction and trends of the wedding industry.
We also have the experience of photographing weddings at some of the UKs most prestigious wedding venues, from Hampton Court Palace and Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle and Belvoir Castle, Goodwood House, Thornbridge Hall and Brympton House – so we can give you the benefit of our experiences covering high-end weddings and the different approaches these require both to acquire and to photograph.
But beyond all that, we want to see you and your business succeed.
ONE ON ONE MENTORING & COACHING
For people that prefer an intensive experience, We offer half & full day, one-on-one training to help you generate momentum, rekindle your creativity and give your business a boost.
We can also offer multiple shorter sessions (either face-to-face or online via Skype/Facetime) over a period of time, enabling us to work towards goals and monitor progress, as well as adapt to the changing business environment. This style of mentoring suits people who prefer to ‘learn by doing’, as we can discuss things for you to work on, practice & implement – then reconvene to discuss & evaluate. If you’re looking for longer term support and guidance consider our long term course.
Whether you’re new to wedding photography or you are a experienced professional and are looking for a fresh perspective, we can tailor any of the sessions to meet your individual needs.
We’re happy to offer as many or as few sessions as you require, whether you require a one-off business tune-up & inspiration session, or a longer-term coaching course, where we can work towards specific goals & monitor your progress.
We can cover:
- Where you are now and where you would like to be with your photography.
- How to find & define your style & identity.
- Marketing, online + offline advertising and how to find the right type of clients.
- SEO and how to manage your website to bring in the best traffic.
- Editing your images and efficient workflows
- Networking with other vendors, how to build real relationships.
- Tips for success and how to learn from my mistakes.
- Business plans and targeted growth.
- Ensuring your images are stored safely & securely
- How to stay creative throughout a long wedding season & avoid burnout.
- How to develop a secure and efficient workflow.
- How to develop your own visual style & consistency through processing.
- We can also provide portfolio, website, brand & social media reviews if required.
LONG TERM TRAINING & COACHING
Long Term, Wedding Photography Training Courses
**We currently have just one space left for our long term training course.**
For those that want a longer term support to help their business reach it’s potential.
Simon takes on a small number of professional and aspiring professional photographers every year for longer term training courses – spread across a year, you’ll have the opportunity of developing every part of your business and skills, Simon will commit to help your business reach the levels you deserve.
The long term courses are tailored to the individual, but often cover everything from:
- Photography skills
- Off Camera Flash
- Low Light Photography
- Documentary & Storytelling
- Creative Portraits
- Editing + Retouching in Lightroom & Photoshop
- Creativity + Mindset
- Efficiency + Automation (work smarter, not harder)
- Finding Inspiration (Hint, it’s not in the wedding industry)
- Business Development
- Branding + Online Marketing
- SEO (How we Rank #1 for so many competitive terms)
- Advertising (Including ways to nurture Word of Mouth)
- Sales + Confidence
- Customer Service (Happy clients are the best to work with)
- Products (Albums really aren’t dead!)
- Building a business that works without you
Across the course you’ll also be invited to attend weddings with Simon where you’ll get valuable hands on experience and training. If appropriate, Simon can also attend some of your weddings as a second shooter giving you the opportunity to develop your techniques and style in an authentic setting, with support and guidance across the whole day.
Long term mentoring opportunities start at £4000.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
We don’t currently have any plans to run any group workshops or courses, but we’re always happy to speak at conferences or participate in workshops. We specialise in talking about SEO and marketing – but happy to tailor our talk to your audience.
If you’re organizing a workshop and would like us to speak at it, drop us a line.