Step 1 – Learn Your Craft
So you have the passion, the interest and the dedication to become a wedding photographer. Don't start advertising just yet, as you need to familiarize yourself with the business and style of wedding photography first.
Study Photography and Your Equipment
First and foremost, you need to know about photography and familiarize yourself with your equipment before you can expect anyone to pay you a cent for your images. Learn about aperture, f-stops, ISO, shutter speed and white balance and how to set them on your camera. Do the same for your lenses. Study their use, their effects and their limitations and in what situations they work best. This knowledge is the foundation of ANY professional photographer's business, and the more knowledgeable you are about these basics, the better off you'll be.
Read About Wedding Photography
Seek out and devour everything you can about wedding photography. This includes books, blogs, workshops and seminars, and should cover the business end, such as wedding photography contracts and liability insurance, as well as the creative end with posing, composition and imaging.
Assist Another Professional
A great way to learn how to become a wedding photographer – or whether or not it's right for you - is to actually shoot a wedding, but going solo with no experience can be daunting. Instead, find a professional wedding photographer in your area and ask to be a second shooter at his or her next booking. A mentor can speed up the learning process, as well as help you build your portfolio for when you decide to venture forth on your own.