Yes, yours truly got his start shooting weddings… let’s go ahead and get that out in the open. But before you knock getting a little schnazzed up just to run around for 10-14 hours with cameras, lenses, sliders and support in tow, I want to take a step back and acknowledge that there are some valuable lessons to be learned shooting weddings. What I learned filming weddings has helped me in many aspects of the type of work I do now. You may be surprised to find the same principles would help you as well.
Finding great team members
Doing a job many times over will allow you to try out several different people for your team. You find out who works well within a team, who communicates effectively, who performs with excellence, etc. Most of the time you are shooting on the weekends which may cause you to have to have a few people on call for one position. If you can, rotate them, see how they work with different people. Once I found the people I enjoyed having on the team, I booked them as far ahead as possible so I was sure to have them for the next job. I do this still today.