How to Create a Wedding Photography Portfolio
Creating a photography portfolio with limited experience can seem like an impossible task. Here are three practical solutions you can try:
Collaborate with Vendors
Weddings rely on so many different kinds of vendors coming together, from designers to florists to bakers and event managers. One practical way to build a wedding photography portfolio is to seek out wedding vendors in your area and offer to do trade shoots. This means offering yourself as a product photographer for their catalogs or portfolio sites in exchange for your own portfolio photos.
This approach doesn't just get you portfolio-worthy photos despite having no weddings to attend yet, it also gives you the opportunity to build relationships with vendors who can vouch for you and recommend you to their own clients.
Offer To Shoot Friends’ Weddings
Most wedding photographers start out by shooting friends' and relatives' weddings. Sometimes, amateur photographers will request if they can shoot as guest photographers rather than official wedding photographers. That way, you get to practice wedding photography without the pressure of potentially messing up your friends' photos.
You can also offer to do engagement shoots, which are essentially photos taken for the couple's engagement announcement on social media. Whether you want to charge your loved ones at a discounted rate or offer your services for free is totally up to you!
Assist a Wedding Photographer
Hit up a professional wedding photographer based in your city and offer to tag along as an assistant or an apprentice. In doing the work, you can learn from your mentor by observing and asking questions, network at each wedding you attend, and build up a wedding photography portfolio over time.