How To Build A Wedding Photography Portfolio

     Good wedding photographers have been in high demand for many years now and will continue to be. The events that they're attached to are momentous and must be captured and shared long after they're passed. However, making a name for yourself as an excellent wedding photographer requires work and, in particular, proper marketing in the form of a portfolio if a solid client base is to be built.

Do free work initially

If you're only just starting out and have no 'official' photographs to show off, you can offer to take pictures for free. Friends and family who know your talent with a camera are good starting points. It's important to focus on them before offering a free service to unknown clients as many will not take a chance with a new photographer.

Projects that involved you acting as a second photographer can also be included in a portfolio. Of course, they don't carry as much weight as being a primary photographer but it's a start.

Great presentation

Shooting good pictures is fine but if they aren't presented properly they'll appear substandard. Be objective and pick out what is best. Take the help of a friend you know will speak his or her mind. Staged images in the form of a single glass of champagne and a rose by its side or the wedding venue can grace the main pages.

Sectionalize images into themes. For example, dedicate a section for portraits, another for staged images, another for impromptu shots and so on. They can be compiled into one album or separated into several.

Photo editing software is used by most professionals not to drastically change anything but to add a little more color or add a vintage look to photographs. Use it to your advantage but don't let it override the work.

Print them

Print photographs into A4 or A3 sizes. The prints must highlight your talent and be easy to turn over. Choose a professional-looking album or book and have the cover printed with your name and occupation.

Upload them

Most professional photographers have an online blog or site displaying their works. Do the same as the internet allows global access. There are several good web building tools which are free so the only things you pay for are the domain name and hosting fee.

If you don't have the means to set up a dedicated website, attach yourself to those that offer pages for a fee. The URL will be something like www.****.com/yourname. It may not carry much weight as a dedicated site but is a good starting point.

Make DVDs

DVDs can be given to potential clients who can take them home for a review. Presentations are easy to make what with so many software available. A slideshow of your best photos is the way to go. Use subtle effects to fade in and out, include your name, occupation, contact details and website.


There is no fixed rate to how much a new wedding photographer should charge. Several hundred is okay but you must be able to complement the price. Seasoned photographers can charge thousands of dollars for a single event so use that as the baseline for your rate.

Once your experience and skill level increase and you've worked out the kinks to taking good pictures, you're ready to up the rates, set more conditions and enjoy making a good living doing what you love best: capturing people's most memorable days.

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