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Build a Wedding Portfolio without the Wedding

April 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

Build a Wedding Portfolio without the Wedding

Documenting a dream(ed up) wedding

Most people end up following a certain path when they take up photography. Most begin with taking photographs of inanimate objects, trying to gain insight into how best to compose their photos, finding a style that they can call their own. Soon, they delve into taking portraits, and experiment with post-processing the photographs they take in order to bring out the absolute best in them. Pretty soon, would-be photographers begin to look into covering live events, and weddings are often on the top of their list.
But as any wedding photographer will tell you, the market has become quite congested, and booking a client can be quite difficult, especially if you’re new to the business. Most clients look for photographers who have an extensive portfolio, and ironically enough, most photographers struggle to build their portfolios because they can’t snag enough clients.
But if you’re thinking of coming into the wedding industry, you can build a portfolio of your wedding-related work by simply simulating some of the elements of the wedding. It’s important to focus on the things that you would be photographing if you were to be hired, such as the flowers, the gown, and the wedding cake.

Recreating a Wedding, Step 1: The Charming Couple

One of the most important aspects of wedding photography is being able to capture the emotions on the couple’s special day. In this case, instead of recreating a wedding, you could start off by showing examples of a prenuptial shoot. Ask some of your friends to pose for you. In this day and age, a few high-quality photographs are always welcome, especially since Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook still reign. If you can, find a couple that would be willing to pose for some photographs, so the genuine emotions of love and joy can come through in your photographs.
When you move on to recreating the wedding itself, make a few adjustments. Traditional wedding garb such as gowns and tuxedos will be a bit more expensive, so shoot a more casual wedding with your couple and some guests dressed in more casual clothes.

Recreating a Wedding, Step 2: The Bridal Blooms

Flowers are also some of the most photographed things in a wedding, as they not only carry the theme and motif of a wedding throughout its venues, but they also bring life to the celebration. Alas, the prices of wedding flowers can be quite extravagant, and even ordering ready-made bouquets from a local florist can cost you more than a pretty penny. Instead, consider creating a bouquet of your own, made from artificial flowers — an inexpensive alternative to fresh flowers. And it’s important to research and take note of advice from industry professionals. A perfect example of this, is this informative tutorial from Marks and Spencer on building different bouquets from faux flowers:

Create many different arrangements to showcase your skill and let potential clients know that you’re versatile and can work with whatever design they have in mind for their wedding,

Recreating a Wedding, Step 3: The Decadent Desserts

Another wedding icon, the cake can’t be left out of the picture (no pun intended)! The problem with trying to photograph wedding cakes, however, is that they’re quite elusive (when you’re not attending a wedding), and even more expensive to order yourself. There’s a rather easy alternative, though: instead of trying to photograph a traditional tiered wedding cake, go for one of the more contemporary styles. Many couples are now opting for wedding cakes made from pancakes, pies, or even cupcakes and muffins. These are much easier to make at home than a traditional frosted wedding cake. And the best part? Not only do you get to practice taking photos of the cakes and emerge with new pieces for your portfolio, you’ll also have a yummy treat to snack on once the shoot’s over!

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