Posted on March 8th, 2012
As you gain more and more experience it is a good idea to begin compiling a portfolio for prospective clients. This is not a hard task to do and can be fun. Every photographer should have some examples of their work to show potential clients. With each new experience you may perform it is best to try new things, new locations, new view points, and if applicable new settings. Taking one single shot and placing it in your portfolio can show the client the diversity in your work. There are a few things to remember when putting together your portfolio.
First, selecting shots that you feel comfortable doing is the key ingredient to a great portfolio. If you have little to no experience with a particular shot, do not place this photo in your collection. Instead take some time and practice the shot over and over again to gain the experience you feel comfortable promoting.
Second, never be afraid to experiment with your photographs. One thing that sets apart one photographer from another is the uniqueness of their photographs. Try taking a shot in color then editing the same photo in black and white. A lot of clients these days like to see diversity in work and placing such photos in your portfolio or perhaps gallery will add a unique characteristic to your reputation.
Third, and most Important, when including individuals in your portfolio it is best that they know ahead of time that their picture may be included. It is best to have the person sign an agreement that is legally binding to their knowledge of the photograph they are in and the future of said photo. Remember it is always best to make sure your cross your t’s and dot your I’s.
Fourth, if you are unsure of a particular photograph, it is not a bad idea to get another person’s opinion. Although you friends and family will tell you what they think, it may be best to get another photographer’s opinion or perhaps someone in the arts industry. Check with your local college or art school to inquire about any students or perhaps faculty that may be open to sharing their opinion.
When putting together your portfolio it is best to take your time, use the right camera equipment, place photographs you are confident with, and select portraits that have meaning to you. It is a simple procedure and can boost any business or reputation of a photographer.