5 Wedding Photographer Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Become A Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography is a highly sought-after service that involves capturing the special moments and memories of a couple’s big day. As a wedding photographer, you will be responsible for capturing the emotions and beauty of the wedding ceremony and reception through your camera's lens.

To start a successful wedding photography business, you must have a strong eye for detail, excellent customer service skills, and a passion for photography. You will also need to invest in high-quality camera equipment and editing software to produce professional-grade images.

In addition to having technical skills, it is important to have a strong marketing strategy to reach potential clients. This can include creating a professional website, utilizing social media, and networking with wedding coordinators and venues.

According to a recent survey, the average cost of a wedding photographer in the United States is $2,500. With the wedding industry expected to generate over $72 billion in revenue in 2021, there is a significant demand for wedding photographers.

To succeed in this business, having a strong portfolio and continuously improving your skills through education and training is essential. By offering top-notch service and beautiful images, you can establish a successful wedding photography business that captures the special moments of couples’ big day.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a wedding photographer:

1. SvenStudios ($72K/year)

Steven, a wedding photographer based in Adelaide, Australia, started his business by combining his passion for photography with his teaching background. After gaining a following on DeviantArt and attending business conferences, he focused on online marketing and creating a strong brand. With an average of 30 weddings per year, Steven's business generates a six-figure income and stands out for his unique, genuine approach to capturing couples' special moments.

How much they make: $72K/year
How much did it cost to start: $60K
Current team size: 1

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Steven started SvenStudios almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Steven grew the business to $6K/month
Costs
It cost Steven $60000 to start the business
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2. Stephan & Adriana ($168K/year)

Stephan and Adriana, former professional ice skaters, discovered a passion for photography during their time touring the world. When Stephan missed his deadline to apply for college, he decided to give photography a chance, and the couple started shooting houses, landscapes, and weddings. The pandemic unexpectedly revealed a high demand for smaller, outdoorsy weddings, propelling their business to new heights as they focused on elopements and intimate weddings in breathtaking locations like Yosemite National Park. Their business now brings in an average of 12-18k per month, allowing them to spend quality time with their families in both California and Brazil.

How much they make: $168K/year
How much did it cost to start: $30K
Current team size: 2

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Stephan started Stephan & Adriana over 5 years ago
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Stephan grew the business to $14K/month
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It cost Stephan $30000 to start the business
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3. PEWDOC ($14.4K/year)

Manthan Gajjar, the founder of pewdoc, came up with the idea for his business after realizing the potential to make money online through blogging. He used his passion for photography and his knowledge of SEO to create a photography blog that offers tips, tricks, and gear reviews for beginner photographers. Through consistent publishing, SEO optimization, and targeted ad campaigns, Gajjar has been able to attract and retain customers, earning $1.2k per month.

How much they make: $14.4K/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 1

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Manthan started PEWDOC almost 5 years ago
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