Invest in a good and professional camera
This is sort of a prerequisite. A good camera means that you are able to take better quality pictures and that means that you get a higher satisfaction rating with your clients. More than one camera is needed just so that you have a backup of sorts for when the primary camera has any kind of error or fails, or breaks. The point is, you need to be prepared for any possible risks and be able to mitigate them if they ever happen.
Back everything up
Once you have your shots taken, make sure that you are able to back them up in different places and with different means. It can mean multiple hard drives, multiple computers, flash drives, computers, and so on. Consider it as a failsafe or insurance for when something happens to your primary drive, or when the initial memory cards become corrupted.
Gain experience before you shoot your first wedding
You can’t just go in and shoot it like you’ve done it before if you have never done it before. It’s not fair to you nor is it fair for your paying customers. It is always a good idea to offer to assist an experienced wedding photographer London, learn the tricks of the trade, and gain some real world experience before you start offering your services out to actual paying clients.
Have an iron clad contract drawn up and get it reviewed by a lawyer
This will cover you and your business in case accidents happen. Since you are running a business, you cannot afford any slips that might result to customers suing you in the process. Include getting some insurance in it too. Also, make sure that you include that you remain to own the copyrights to all of the shots that you take and that you should be paid royalties for everything put on print. If you would like to actually do the wedding photography stint, you might as well do it right.
Know the ins and outs of your camera
Gain the right amount of technical knowledge that you need in order to manipulate the way you film your shots and get just the right kinds of effects and settings and modes that you need so that they come out just the way you would like them to. Practice everyday until you are able to use the camera like the back of your hand.
Scout out the locations well ahead of time
The usual practice is for you to visit the venues a day or so before the actual event. This will orient you on where the best spots are and how you will be able to play with the lighting for you to get professional looking pictures. Go through the extra efforts of filming in the shade. Natural light is your best friend but too much light will overexpose and blur out your pictures and that is a nightmare especially in events where a lot of people are wearing white.