Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop Sunshine Coast

Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop Sunshine Coast



Are You Ready To Take Your Wedding & Portrait Photography To The Next Level?

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast 5 Day Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop, hosted by Internationally Awarded Wedding Photographer and Master of Photography Ben Connolly.

The Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop dates run from the 6th – 10th November 2023.

Throughout the 5 days you’ll have an information and education explosion – where you’ll learn about all the elements of photography and yourself that will enable you to run, grow and be successful in photography, while also photographing in some of the Sunshine Coasts’ most exclusive and picturesque locations.

Ben’s 5 Day Workshop will give you all the tools you need to not only transform yourself as a photographer, but also transform your business and lifestyle to match.

Ben will provide his modern take on the fundamentals of photography while guiding you to success with his inclusive, step by step process that will give you the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and give you a new lease of creativity.

The workshop is open to any amateur or professional photographers of all levels who want to expand their knowledge and creativity and build a solid business and skills foundation. Limited to 15 people.

Note: This workshop is focused on the photography of people in the form of weddings & all portrait genres and won’t be suitable for those wanting to learn about landscape or nature photography.

Early Bird Offer - Limited Places - Don't Miss Out!


The early bird offer ends on Oct 20th 2023 or when sold out (whichever happens first)

$1997 - Normal Price - Registration Closes November 4th 2023

Offer ends in ...


Who is Ben Connolly?

After a near-fatal skydiving accident in 2002, Ben’s focus moved from action photography and videography to wedding photography. Starting in the wedding industry in 2004 with no formal training shooting wedding videos.

In 2010 Ben made the transition to photography and has thrived as an award-winning professional wedding photographer rising to Master of Photography in two countries and making the International Cosmos Awards Top 10 in 2021

Ben’s style of photography has been described as unique, creative and epic. His use of on and off camera flash techniques helps Ben create dramatic, modern scenes with rich colour and bold impact while still maintaining the natural feel and emotion of his subjects.

Ben has become known for what he calls a “Photoshop Glitter Role”, where he teaches and personally implements the importance of getting it right in camera first and foremost, then adding the sparkle to a great image in Photoshop as opposed to using it to fix mistakes.

Ben chooses to think outside the box in order to create unique and beautifully crafted photographs that are well lit, well-posed, that command attention and will remain stylish and timeless so they can be appreciated for years to come.

Recent Accolades

  • International Cosmos Awards Top10 2021- 2022
  • Featured on Worlds Best Wedding Photos .com
  • Master of Photography – WPPI, USA – WPE, Europe
  • Asia Wedding Album of the Year Grand Award Winner
  • Asia Photographer of the year – 2020 & 2021
  • Brand Ambassador of Teds Camera’s Australia
  • Named as one of the Top 2 Australian Photographers in 2021 by Asia WPA & WPE Europe

Over  the years Ben has worked hard to establish himself and his successful photography business.

He has been named among the Top 65 Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurs with over 100 international awards and accolades in the past 4 years, while also hosting speaking engagements and industry education worldwide.

Ben has also been announced as a brand ambassador for international companies such as Fundy Software Inc (Fundy Storyteller), Selens Online and Flash Masters based in the UK.

Early Bird Offer - Limited Places - Don't Miss Out!


The early bird offer ends on Oct 20th 2023 or when sold out (whichever happens first)

$1997 - Normal Price - Registration Closes November 4th 2023

Offer ends in ...


Quick Breakdown of the 5 day Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop

MONDAY – Flick the Switch Day

  • Introduction & welcome
  • Image critiques

TUESDAY – The Fundamentals Session

  • Mentor sessions
  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • 1st location shoot


WEDNESDAY – Creative Kickstart Day

  • Mentor sessions
  • Image critiques
  • Post production & workflow
  • Photoshop
  • 2nd location shoot
  • Night shoot

THURSDAY – Marketing & Branding Day

  • Mentor sessions
  • Image critiques
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Websites
  • Branding
  • Group dinner


FRIDAY – Chequered Flag Day

  • Mindset
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Administrative workflow
  • Workshop awards presentation
  • Final Lunch

5 day Timing Schedule for Wedding & Portrait Photography Workshop


10am – Registration
11am – Workshop begins with introductions and Ben’s “Hot Lap” activity
12pm – Critiques of everyone’s images
6:30pm – Dinner (in the room)
9pm – (or later) Workshop ends



8am – Private mentor sessions with Ben (each attendee will have one 15 minute session with Ben during the week)
10am – Workshop begins
3pm – Onsite shoot
7pm – Informal dinner together – (Optional)

8am – Private mentor sessions with Ben
9am – Workshop begins
3pm – Onsite shoot
5:30pm – Light Dinner & Refreshments
7pm – Night shoot
10pm – Workshop ends

8am – Private mentor sessions with Ben
9am – Workshop begins
6pm – Workshop ends
7pm – Formal dinner as a group

8am – Private mentor sessions with Ben
9am – Workshop begins
1pm – Workshop concludes with Ben’s “Last Lap” activity
2pm – Final Lunch – (Optional)

Want the full breakdown?

Monday – Flick the Switch Day

Our week begins at 11am with an introduction and time to get to know each other with “Ben’s Hot Lap” activity. Following a lunch break we will start with individual image critiques which will last into the evening. Everyone’s photos will be shared on the big screen and Ben will provide helpful critiques for everyone on lighting, posing and other techniques, while also giving on the spot demonstrations in the room accompany these theories and help solidify the concepts in your mind.

The Critique Session is very in depth and you’ll learn an incredible amount through this process, however it will take us well into the evening on Monday normally finishing between 9pm – 11pm. During the evening we will stop for a short dinner break where Ben will order pizza’s or some other style of takeaway. (We will decide on the food to be ordered in the morning so if anyone has any food allergies please let Ben know when you book in on the registration form)

****Special Note**** While the though of, even the sound of “Image Critiques” sounds terrifying, it’s absolutely not!
The critiques are delivered in a completely positive way with the aim of helping you grow as a person and as a photographer, as opposed to telling you what you’ve done wrong or badly.

The workshop environment Ben Creates is that of a completely safe space so that you can feel completely heard, understood and supported in your growth.


Tuesday – The Fundamentals Session

Tuesday morning is when the rubber hits the road. We will spend the morning and a portion of the afternoon focusing on the fundamental principals of Exposure, Composition, Lighting and Posing.
Ben will share his wedding photo process that will give you a solid foundation for what to look for and how to find or create the right light in any room you walk into.

We’ll discuss the different types of light you’ll encounter and how to create them if you’re in a poor lighting situation while also understanding exactly how to expose for and compose your photos. You’ll be guided through Ben’s personal 6 step process he uses to create his signature images while also sharing with you his inspirations for more creative and technical images.

You’ll learn how to pose both men & women in a way that flatters their individual physical characteristics and makes them feel comfortable using a combination of lighting and your sparkling personality so that you’ll run out of poses and your subjects will always feel comfortable.

The Tuesday “Fundamentals Session” is an explosion of information with lots to take in. Ben will be sharing everything he’s learned in his career of 20 years and nearly 1000 weddings so its important that you’re well rested and ready for a big day.

Mid Tuesday afternoon we will step outside for your first shoot of the workshop. Initially Ben will demonstrate many of the techniques and principles discussed in the morning while he works with and photographs a couple. You’ll have the opportunity to see the results of Ben’s photos as we go. You’ll see how he finds or creates the light, how he exposes correctly for each scene, and how he interacts with the couple while creating well crafted, impactful images that look natural in any scene.

Ben will share the subtleties of creating his signature photos like using reflections, composition, LED constant lights, varied angles and perspectives.

You’ll then have an opportunity to practice these new techniques on your own with your own couple. (If you desire you can be paired with a fellow participant during your time with your couple)
Your one single massive goal during this session will be to step outside your comfort zone and put into practice the principles and techniques you learned in the morning, to think differently and create just 2 images from the session that Ben will critique on the Wednesday morning.

Your breakthrough will happen when you choose to make a change and Ben will push and incentivise you to make that change by offering a $250 Ted’s Cameras voucher to the best “Tuesday Photo”

Wednesday – Creative Kickstart Day

The morning begins with everyone sharing your 2 RAW IMAGES from the previous day’s shoot with Ben providing a customised critique of each image so that you’ll see how much you’ve progressed in such a shot time and building your confidence to tackle any situation. Ben will also choose the best image from Tuesday and present the winner with their $250 Ted’s voucher.

We will then change gear and discuss some of Bens workflow and post production techniques and you’ll be given a short amount of time to edit and finesse your 2 “Tuesday Photos” using some of the techniques you’ve just learned.
Ben will then deep dive into the on and off camera flash principles and techniques he uses to create his many signature and award winning photos.

Mid afternoon Wednesday we will depart for our second afternoon location shoot and night photos on the stunning Montville Chapel grounds in Montville. Ben will drive all participants in a mini bus up and back from the shoot, (you won’t be required to drive anywhere)

You’ll have an opportunity to photograph your own couple both in the afternoon and evening. For your night shoot session you’ll be paired with a fellow participant so that you can both assist each other with holding lights etc.
Your goal during these sessions will be to again step outside your comfort zone and put into practice the principles and techniques you learned throughout the day and create 2 images from the afternoon session and a further 2 images from the night session that Ben will critique on the Thursday morning.

There will also be a $250 Ted’s Cameras voucher to the best “Wednesday Afternoon Photo” and another $250 Ted’s Cameras voucher for the best and most creative “Night Shot”

****Special Note**** The Wednesday afternoon and night shoots do take some time and we will be on location from around 3:30pm till around 9pm. Refreshments and a light dinner will be provided but participants are reminded to ensure you have your own water, any medication you may need and nibbles if you require.


Thursday – Marketing & Branding Day

The morning begins with everyone sharing your 2 RAW IMAGES from Wednesday afternoon’s shoot and your single best night shot. Ben will again provide a customised critique of each image and choose the best images from the afternoon & night shoots and present the winners with their $250 Ted’s vouchers.

Following our short critique session we will put or marketing and business hats on for a full day of business, marketing, branding and sales training and insights. We’ll be joined by our Marketing Pro Anna who will share with you the finer details of marketing, branding, social media and much more.

Every participant will be invited to share their marketing materials with the class so that Anna and Ben can provide tips and suggestions to each person based on your current branding, marketing materials and the direction you would like to pursue. We will wrap up our Marketing session mid afternoon and then switch gears in to pricing and album design and sales where Ben will share the different tiers of pricing and give you examples of what yo offer and charge. He will also share the many elements to a beautiful and profitable album design to assist you in maximising sales after the wedding or portrait shoot.

You’ll then be taken step by step through Bens foolproof “Album Sales System” where you’ll learn how to conduct an in person album plan session, what to say and how to say it in order to sell your clients an album upgrade without any “Hard Sell” or pressure tactics that we all hate. You’ll discover the approach and steps to upgrade your clients while leaving them feeling like they’ve gotten great value, feeling no pressure and loving what you’ve created for them so that they’ll share their experience with all their friends and family.

Thursday night is what Ben likes to call “Transformation Thursday”, this is where we head out together as group for a celebration dinner to celebrate and reflect on the transformations, new friendships and new skills you’ve learned over the past 4 days. Thursdays dinner is held to reinforce the concept of community and infinite mindsets between us as business people and photographers. Ben aims to promote a sense of community, sharing and not competing with each other, but instead competing against yourself to be the best you can be on a daily basis.
Transformation Thursday’s dinner location will be decided on Monday and booked in based on peoples food preferences.


Friday: Chequered Flag Day

Our final day will finish strong with some impactful discussion around building and growing a Business mindset. Ben will very honestly share his mistakes so that you don’t have to make them and he’ll share his approach to being a successful business person.

Ben will cover marketing, social media, communication, administrative workflow and much more. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate with your clients, how to nurture the relationship, how to negotiate with them and how to correctly handle objections to ensure the best outcome for both parties.

At Lunchtime on Friday our workshop concludes with “Ben’s Last Lap” activity. At the conclusion of the Last Lap Ben will give away a $1000 Ted’s Cameras Gift Voucher to one workshop participant. This gift certificate will go to the individual who over the 5 days of the workshop, has demonstrated a willingness to grow, patience, self acceptance, community, compassion, respect and assistance to others and transformation within themselves as a result of attending.

Each participant will also receive lifetime access to Ben’s complete online photography program “PHOENIX FORMULA”

With $2500 worth of giveaways from Teds Camera’s

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