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About PBDs

What is a Portfolio Builder Day?

Portfolio Builder Days are where we take over a location or venue with models that are exceptional in their field and will work hard to help you get some stunning photographs for your portfolio.

For many, it’s the next logical step from attending workshops and training courses or for those with experience shooting and wanting to put their skills into practice to create images in amazing venues with professional models. Each Portfolio Builder Day starts with an introduction from Andrew Appleton over coffee, explaining the outline of the day, followed by a walk around the venue, giving an insight into areas of interest, what to look for, spotting and solving tricky lighting and giving hints, tips and guidance for getting the best out of your shoot.

Working in small groups of four photographers, you’ll get to shoot with each model, who will come prepared with clothing and outfits that are matched to the theme of the venue or shoot styles. This isn’t a workshop, this is all about creating your own shots, working with the lighting conditions available but of course the two Andrews are on hand all day to give you any assistance needed as well as providing plenty of lighting equipment.

A buffet lunch is provided as well as refreshments available all through the day to keep you going between shoots! The day is rounded off with a wrap-up of the day over tea and cakes and there’s plenty of time to ask any questions about what you’ve experienced during the day.

Example Itinerary

  • 9.30am Arrive at location
  • 10.00am Coffee & Introductions
  • 10.30am Venue Walkthrough, Lighting & Composition Tips
  • 11.00am Model Introduction & Shoot Planning
  • 11.30am First Shoot
  • 1.00pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm Second Shoot
  • 3.15pm Third Shoot
  • 4.45pm Tea, Cake & Wrap Up
  • Please note that times are approximate and subject to change in certain venues.


What do I need to bring?

Your camera kit (memory cards, charged batteries, speedlights, lenses)

Can I bring my own lighting kit, reflectors etc?

We have location lighting equipment available, but you’re welcome to bring your own too.

Can I enter photos taken on PBDs into competitions?

As you’re creating your images using your own skills we believe you’re the author of your work, so would be eligible for competition entry. However please check the terms of your competition to make sure.

What’s a PBD+?

Brand new for 2016, PBD+ is a uniquely styled event by our teams of highly creative MUAs and designers. If you want that little extra from your portfolio, PBD+ will get you there!

Can images taken be used commercially?

Our venues and models are all contracted for you to take images for your portfolio use only, therefore cannot be used for commercial sale or licensing.

Does everyone shoot at the same time?

We find that the most productive shoots are those where each person shoots in turn with the other photographers in the group assisting. This also works well for the models, who can focus on posing for one person at a time.

Can I shoot in a group with someone I know?

Each group is made up of four photographers, so if there are people you’d like to work with on the day, just let us know and we’ll be happy to pair you up. We also offer discounts if you wish to book a whole group of four.