PUT yourself in the frame for a new career as a wedding photographer.
After Harry and Meghan’s wedding photos caused a sensation on Instagram, there has been a spike in people enquiring about getting into the job.
4 Former web developer Aaron Storry, 37, got into the trade after snapping his mate’s wedding as a favour
Wedding season is in full swing and the number of couples getting hitched is up 1.7 per cent over last year. With around 5,000 weddings a week, there are opportunities for amateur snappers to turn their passion into a career.
While no formal qualifications are needed, most photographers take a specialist course and many train alongside established wedding photographers before going it alone.
You will need to create a portfolio and a website to showcase your work. And it is hard graft.
You will have to buy equipment, insurance and join a trade body, such as the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (swpp.co.uk), to give clients reassurance.
4 People went crazy for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding snapsCredit: Getty – Pool
A well-established wedding photographer will charge £1,000 to £1,500 for a basic wedding package, with many in the trade making £60,000 a year.
Find out more at reed.co.uk/career-advice and at digitalcameraworld.com/tutorials.
WE JUST CLICKEDFORMER web developer Aaron Storry, 37, was named Wedding Photographer of the Year at the British Photography Awards.He got into the trade after taking the pictures for a mate’s wedding as a favour.
Aaron, from Kettering, Northants, says: “I often have guests say, ‘You’ve got the easiest job in the world, just taking a few snaps’. They’ll do some simple maths and tell you what your take-home salary is! However, there’s a lot of expense to take into consideration and it’s a demanding role.
“A great wedding photographer needs to be proficient at portraits, landscapes, photojournalism and details, not to mention communication and hard work.
“Then there’s accountancy and marketing to consider.
“You need to be self-motivated, as the work won’t come to you. But if you work hard, there’s definitely a place for you in this industry.”
He adds: “There are many incredible things about my job. I get to spend the days with happy people shooting wonderful moments I know will be treasured.”
You can watch Aaron’s advice at photographynow.tv.
Roles at Volvo
GOT the drive to succeed? Join Volvo’s apprenticeship scheme.The car maker is taking on 26 trainees in six specialisms.
4 Volvo’s apprenticeship scheme could be for you if you have the drive to succeed
It wants service technicians, accident repair technicians, parts advisers, service advisors, product specialists and business administrators.Schemes at Volvo retailers in this country last from 12 to 36 months. Jason Ratcliffe, a master technician at Rybrook Volvo in Warrington, Lancs, says: “Rather than just your traditional technicians’ work, wearing an oily boiler suit to work on engines and brake pads, I now get to work with the latest in-car tech.”Applicants must be aged 16 to 23, with GCSE grades four to nine in Maths and English. See volvocars.co.uk for details.
BRO-AD-ER APPEALONE leading industry is about to get more creative when it comes to hiring diverse talent.
Art mag Yellowzine has teamed up with ad agency The Brooklyn Brothers to attract more people from BAME backgrounds into the world of advertising and design.
The firms are running a free eight-week training programme called Night School which is aimed at helping 18 to 25-year-olds from ethnic-minority backgrounds break into the competitive creative industries.
Trainees will get a mentor for 12 months, CV help and a graduation ceremony to meet industry contacts, media, agencies and recruiters.
But if you are keen, be quick – you must apply TODAY at yellwzine.com/night-school.
Top tips to avoid burnout
FEELING the burn? The World Health Organisation has added burnout to the International Classification of Diseases, meaning it will become a globally recognised medical condition from next year.
Jo Cresswell, of company- review site Glassdoor, explains how workers can avoid it.
4 Making sure you switch off is vital for ensuring you don’t burnoutCredit: Getty – Contributor
She says: “Today’s employees are experiencing stress and anxiety in the workplace like no other generation before.
“Many will debate whether this is caused by the ‘always-on’ culture which sees technology keeping employees connected to the workplace at all times.
“Ultimately, if employees feel they are getting close to burnout then they need to ask them-selves if they’re in the right job.”
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GET RIGHT BALANCE: Find a job which works for you. Keep your to-do list in control and leave work at the office.
SLEEP: Prioritise a good night’s kip to clear the mind so you have space to tackle tomorrow.
RELAX: Make sure you have ways to switch off. Time with family and friends, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and creative hobbies will all help you wind down.
EXERCISE: You do not have to spend an hour in the gym, a brisk ten-minute walk at lunchtime can be enough to see health benefits in and out of the workplace.
PLUMBASE and BUILDBASE have more than 100 jobs on offer nationwide including sales, drivers, fitters and yard workers. Search at grafton-careers.co.uk/find-a-job/
LAKELAND is hiring retail assistants and managers for its stores around the country. Head to workforlakeland.co.uk to find out more and apply.
The Duchess of Cambridge makes first visit as Royal Patron of the V&A to open the museum’s new Photography Centre