Nick, Connor, and Brian McGuckin chat about portfolio building.
Tips for starting to build a portfolio:
- 365 project (I don't love these, but they work for some)
- Other ways to concentrate your shooting (self directed or guided portfolio building boot camp)
- Don't put tons of images from the same shoot in your portfolio starting out. Pick out your best work
- Try to focus on a particular type of portfolio you would like to build.
- Don't just shoot, set goals for each Photoshoot and make a mental game plan of how you will achieve that goal.
- Make the most of shoots that seem fruitful, where your getting good stuff
- At the end of every shoot, try something new and daring, if it doesn’t work no big deal, but if it does, its a great way to grow and build upon your portfolio.
- Work with models looking to build their own portfolio.. And do lots of personal projects.
- You book what you share, make sure what you post to social media reflects the work you WANT to do
Tips for maintaining and curating your portfolio.
- It is easy to keep work you were once incredibly proud of that isn't the best representation of where you are now. (Remember, it is better to show fewer great photos than a lot of good photos.)
- Ask for other people’s opinions. While a non-photographer might not be able to articulate the technical reasons one shot is better than another, they also see a lot of images and can likely tell you which of your photos are better in their opinion. Take these with a grain of salt of course.