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I find closed doors will open with one of three tactics… you have a key, somebody (if not you) opens it, or three you kick it down.
the whole “Getting your foot in the door” concept relies on on thing… the door is already open!
Here is what you could try:
Find somebody that will let you work as a second camera man on thier project.
Work for somebody that cannot afford a pro, for a discounted price in exchange for you using their stuff for marketing…
Keep trying until you land that first paying job, show them what work you have, and explain each shot you do have used skills/equipment that will somehow apply to shooting thier wedding…
eg : “Here is a nature video clip I shot at sunset, as you can see, I have a decent tripod and my camera works well in low light. Imagine a scene like this with you and your new husband walking along the beach with the sunset light”… or “With my gear your first dance, which will also be shot in low light will be steady, clear and capture the warm ambient light…”
You can be honest and charge accordingly … but the best advice you’re gonna get is this..
If you don’t have any weddings to show, it means you don’t have enough experience shooting weddings to be charging people. this is the toughest gig with the lowest dollar per hour earning potential with the hardest to please clients possible… and its all unscripted, unpredictable, and IRREPLACEABLE… one chance one shot get it right or die….
An actual wedding? this is the worst place possible for an inexperienced Wedding Shooter to “get their foot in the door”, unless you’re working for somebody else who knows what they are doing, you’re taking big risks with somebody else’s once in a lifetime memories.