Networking is something that is quite crucial and much needed in your commercial growth as a wedding photographer. If you don’t know where to start, there are always baby steps that you can take. Most, if not all of the businesses and professionals out there managed to gain commercial success in their respective niches and industry because they worked relentlessly on a solid networking plan. Networking is something that may seem like a bit of a tiresome endeavor to check out in the beginning but for as long as you know all of the right points to target and to hit in the best of ways, you should be able to gain revenue from it through the connections that you get to make and through the meaningful relationships that you get to build with the other vendors that you meet in the wedding industry, other professional wedding photographers, or even with the previous clients that you might have worked with.
No perfect formula
There is no so-called perfect formula for networking. It is always something different for everyone else. You just need to work with what you have and try to see if you can make the most out of it at the end of the day.
Plan who you would like to network with as a wedding photographer.
Although you should try to go ahead and network with as many people as you possibly can, the thing is, your time is limited and precious. More often than not, you will be starting out all alone in your career as a wedding photographer and that kind of thing is never easy. You will realize that you almost never have enough time to allot to all of the tasks that you need to cover and to all of the other things that you would like to go ahead and do somewhere in the process. The moment that you enter a room and you see an entire crowd of prospective connections that will turn out to be useful for you as a wedding photographer one way or the other, go for the top three choices. Try to assess the room and check out the top three most valuable connections you could make. Wedding venue owners and managers are usually the most sought after. You will be able to tell which ones have more potential to bring you more recommendations than some and that is what you need to sift through when you are just starting out with your career.
Vendor love is one of the fastest ways for a Bedfordshire wedding photographer like you to start growing his connections. Make a habit out of constantly reaching out to the vendors that you get to work with in the weddings that you cover. Catalog their business info and reach out to them in any way that you can, either via phone, email, or in social media. When you don’t have any bookings, try to see if you can feature a vendor or two in your blog. This is something that they will really be able to appreciate and will be more than happy to reciprocate when the time is right.