Checklist Backup body [check] Good lenses [check] Camera know-how [check] Comfortable with equipment [check] Gained much knowledge from pro wedding photographer [check] Comfortable with my personality and positioning people for poses [check] Comfortable working with many people and not spazzing out [check] Wife to aid with detail (straighten dresses, collars, etc) [check] Mentally critiqued thousands of wedding photos to find what I like/dislike in wedding photos [check] Wedding to shoot... (!) I am dying to shoot weddings - you have no idea. I can't stop thinking about it, and in the past week, I have come to the point where I am completely comfortable taking on a wedding. The problem is...where do I start? Do I shadow somebody? Do I find somebody who has a tight budget and shoot theirs for free? How do I shadow somebody? Would they really want to let me shadow them, since I could be competition in the future? How do I get my first clients, without a wedding portfolio? The town I live in, is overflowing with weddings (baptist college town) and there are few wedding photographers. Once I start, I can advertise, pass around my portfolio, and have great success. But, where do I start? So, wedding photographers - where did you start? If one of you guys does wedding photography around Missouri, maybe we can work out something. More than anything, where do I start?