Portfolio Question

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  1. Holly

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    For those of you who have done this for quit some time or those of you are even just starting out but past the *starting* point HOW did you put a portfolio together... I have a client that Id like to meet iwth IN person and not just email through net.. Id like to get a portfolio together but NOT sure where to begin or HOW to begin...

    Such as - What size photos do I put inside my book? Do I do a photo for my cover OR is that not really needed? HOW many photos do I place inside?

    I have only done 3 other shoots so far and my name is getting around from the recommendations. Mind you Im still a beginner and flattered they are sending my name out to others... THIS interview is for a client interested in Wedding Photography! NOT sure Im ready, but DH says let HER see your work and she will tell YOU if she likes what she sees or not...

    SO with that said YOUR help is much appreciated.. Thanks!
     
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    hi holly, sounds like i'm in the same boat as you - just starting out but getting lots of word-of-mouth referrals which i am loving!!!! in the process of putting togther a portfolio and website (didn't realize how tricky web-building actually is!) and have an amazing book in front of me as a guide..... Digital Matt recommended it and its by John Kaplan - 'Photo Portfolio Success'..... I tried to get it from the library but they didn't have it so i bought it....so glad i did - could rave about it ALL day!!!!!!!! Very professional! hope this helps and best of luck with your little booming business! xx
     
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    I personally don't have a physical portfolio, but simply set up a slide presentation on my lap-top and take that when seeing new clients. If you don't have a lap-top, let me know and I will describe what iused prior to digital.

    www.philipweirphotography.com
     
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    Philip your site looks great!! NO no lab top here...
     
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    Wow, Philip..your site is amazing. Very easy on the eyes, and the photograpy is brilliant.
    Im in the same situation as Holly right now. I have had some offers for my photos, but dont even know where to start a portfolio. I think I have the photos, but dont know how to display them, or what sizes to store them in for resale. I will keep my eye on this thread.
    Thanks for posting this topic Holly.
     
  6. ksmattfish

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    In general, I'd say the bigger the better. Right now most of the photos in my portfolio are 8"x10" and 8"x12", with a few that are larger. For my next portfolio the print size will start at 10"x15", and go larger. People like to look at, and are impressed by big photographs.

    I think whether you have a cover photo is up to you. I don't have one on any of my portfolios. If I were to use one, I think I'd make it more like a title page, with my company name, etc...

    A portfolio could have less than a dozen, to as many as it will hold. One photo per page, unless the photos are meant to be displayed together.

    Get a bigger portfolio than the prints that will be in it so you can have some space around the photo. Make sure it's easy to redo the portfolio. One of the biggest mistakes I made was not upgrading my portfolio often enough. You are always getting better, and your portfolio should reflect that. Now I make sure I make new portfolios at least once a year. When you are starting out it should be more often than that.
     
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    Thanks !! :) This is really helpful!
     
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    I agree! great thread.. lets hope everyone puts in their 2cents worth so that we can all have great portfolios!!!
    Just wanted to check something with ksmattfish
    Make sure it's easy to redo the portfolio. .... so what type of book would be easy to do.... I was thinking dry-leaf, but this was my concern.. can photos be removed and replaced without damaging the pages??? As easy as it would be to simply swap photos from plastic sleeve pages, i'm thinking tacky. Can i ask what type of book you use yourself matt??? thanks , jemma x
     
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    For wedding clients I use inexpensive Itoya vinyl photo books, and examples of albums I sell. I'm usually meeting with them in a coffee shop or restaurant, and space and spills are a concern. The Itoya books are pretty much wet-proof, and pretty rugged. They do have those tacky plastic sleeves, and I hate them too. I pull out any photos (they are mounted on the page) we stop at to discuss; I can tell I'm more worried about it than they are. I also find that the albums and portfolio books without plastic or mylar (much better than plastic) sleeves just don't hold up to handling as well. After a dozen or so client meetings they start to look a bit worn, have fingerprints, etc... The Itoya books are definately not fancy, but overall I think the ultra simple display works well. The best compliment I got all year was "Wow! It's like I'm looking through a bridal magazine." If the photographs are good, people won't notice a thin sheet of plastic.

    If I'm meeting with a client in their home (or someday when I have a studio) where space isn't an issue, I bring 9 to 12 matted prints as well, and set them out for viewing. They always love that. This is the way I'd always prefer to do it, but it's just not practical at most restaurants.
     
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    Matt... Do you have a few links to share with us? For the portfolio binder you use that is... Ill do a google search today too ! :) thanks again!
     
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    I mount 8"x10/12" prints in a 14"x17" book like this here. I recently noticed that they do have a leather version also. I bought mine at local art supply stores, but I see them at hobby, craft, and photo supply stores too.

    http://www.artprofolio.com/Art_profolio.htm

    EDIT: I've never seen the 18"x24" portfolio they list at this page. I'm ordering one today, and starting my 10"x15" and 12"x18" prints portfolio! To your average wedding client 8"x12" is a big print. When you start showing them really big prints it blows their minds. ;)
     
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    How are you centering the print on the page when using pockets like these?
     

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