The Business of Wedding Photography

This year I celebrate 5 years as a full time photographer.

I was a ‘weekend warrior’ and I took the giant life changing leap into life as a full time photographer five years ago.

I found that running and sustaining a hungry photography business full time is hard work and there are few people to turn to who will give you a helping hand. When I started out as a photographer I found it a daunting world with many locked doors and knowledge gaps particularly when it came to learning how to run a business. The online world has opened up a huge bank of information on the technical side of the business; how to use off camera flash, how to oomph up your images in Lightroom, how to rock on Instagram, why you should buy this piece kit and why you simply have to have that piece of kit. Its sell sell sell, how you should be doing this, how you should be doing that, but seriously who really has the time to do all of that?

I read so many blogs and articles, most of them trying to draw me in with the outcome of persuading me to buy a ‘simple’ solution. Let me tell you; its not that simple.  The business side of the photography world is still very much uncharted with little information available specifically for photographers. I had to learn from the ground up. There have been days (and I’ll be honest with you) when I fell, and I fell hard. But I always got back up. I made errors, and I learnt from them; a failure is only a failure if you don’t learn from it. I’ve had people screw me over, criticise me, and put me down about me behind my back. But I kept going, and I’m still smiling and loving what I do. Within the 5 years I’ve been a full time photographer I’ve built an established and admired photography brand, photographed weddings in the UK and overseas, opened a photography studio, built a team of photographers who work for me, opened a commercial photography business, featured in many magazines, and won multiple awards for my work.

So how can I help you?

I’m a huge advocate of sharing information and sharing learning. We pass on our life lessons to our children in the hope that they don’t have to go through some of the pain that we have been through. I don’t see why this should be any different in business.

I want to give you hard earned insights to help you to really understand how to run and future proof your photography business. I want to share what I’ve learned with you so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. I want you to come armed with awkward questions that you probably wouldn’t dare ask in a public forum or ask your peers; and I’ll answer them with honesty. And most of all I want you go away from our day with a love for the business you are going to succeed in.

So if you’re a weekend warrior as I was, retraining/changing careers, or you’ve got a year or two under your belt but really want to push it that little bit further then you’re literally on the right (web) page!

The Course

1-day one-to-one training course with Nikki

09.30 – 16.30 at the Country Studio (GL10 3FA)

Who should sign up: new photography business start-ups, semi-professional photographers, and those making the jump from weekend warrior to full time wedding photographer, those retraining and switching careers.

We will cover the following in a one-day course busting open the challenges and myths on running a successful Wedding Photography business. Covering the following:

What exactly is Wedding Photography in 2018?

Who are your clients and how do they find you?

The logistics of a client wedding journey from your first meeting to delivering their photographs and beyond.

The Business of Wedding Photography including; what should you charge, contracts, time management, insurance, IP, copyright, your brand, the customer journey, marketing your business, business planning, and much more.

All the Q&A’s you want!

FREE Work Book included with the course.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before the course as its important that I have time to research you from a client’s perspective to help you visualise how your customer sees you.

Lunch provided: either at our fabulous local country pub or a working lunch (please see Housekeeping below).

£699 / You will need to bring lots of energy and a mind ready to soak up lots of information! Don’t forget you can claim the costs of this course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade.

Please send Nikki a requested date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK Just fill in the form with your preferred date and we will send all of the information and online payment link to you.


All courses are held at The Country Studio, 28 Westend Courtyard, Westend, Gloucestershire, GL10 3FA. Please use postcode GL10 3SL for the sat nav. We are just off the M5 at junction 13 with lots of free parking right outside the door.

There is wheelchair access.

If you are attending a one-day course there is the option for lunch at our fabulous local pub The Old Badger, or a working lunch at our Studio. You will need to advise of any food allergies.

You will need to complete a questionnaire before your training session and have this returned at least ten days prior.

Courses require a non-refundable booking fee with the balance paid in full a calendar month before the training course.

Don’t forget you can claim the costs of this course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade.

The Small Print

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