Building a Wedding Portfolio

Wedding photography is something I’ve never aspired to do.  I prefer to shoot landscapes, nature, and wildlife than people.

I’ve been asked a few times if I’d photograph a wedding and had always declined the opportunity.  Last year a friend asked me to photograph her wedding.  Her and her fiancĂ© both liked the style of my photos on Facebook and were quite relaxed about their wedding.  I was very honest, saying I’d never photographed a wedding before, and they’d get better results from an established wedding photographer.  But they were sure they wanted me, and I found myself saying yes. 

Before the wedding day I knew there would be a few things to get sorted.  I needed a flash in case it got dark, and picked one up at The Photography Show.  I needed a spare camera body in case mine failed, and managed to borrow one from a friend.  I really needed some practice, and The Trained Eye ( had just the thing. 

They run a ‘portfolio builder’ day ( aimed at solving the conundrum of photographers needing a portfolio of images to get work, when you need the work to build a portfolio.  The day is all about giving lots of opportunities to get stunning photos, with real-world wedding photographers on hand to give pointers along the way.  Experienced models, like Bethany Rose, dress up in wedding outfits to be brides, grooms, and bridesmaids. 

Luckily for me there was a portfolio builder day scheduled just four days before the wedding I was due to shoot.  It was convenient for me, being hosted not far from home at Notley Abbey (  So I signed myself up and I’m very glad I did.   

The day gave me the practice I needed, and definitely did what it promised – giving me a great portfolio of images to use in the future.  It also really boosted my confidence before the big day.