January 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm #16192Kris3000Participant
Your photos are nice but many of them are not portfolio pieces. http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-2s8PF/i-7zzWgS8 as an example. In this photo the subject looks nice but what about the background? At a wedding you should try to capture candid snapshots that tell a story, or just a great moment. And if you have to justify a photo to someone else it probably shouldn’t be in your portfolio. http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-2s8PF/i-Pb88D9b gotta pay attention to your leading lines. Crop in and rotate. Like all my art teachers have said about portfolio pieces, if you put something in that’s bad it either means you don’t care or don’t know. Your portfolio should include things that are 1) technically precise 2) aesthetically pleasing 3) contain a story without words. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with a Hasselblad or a cellphone, you need to make sure you have the composition down or else you have nothing. Axe the tilted photos, they don’t offer anything. Another thing my professors drilled into us going into portfolio review: “Looking for signs of intelligent life”. Look through your images and try to see what they were saying. Why is there a slant? Why did you make the choices you did? Are the answers immediately apparent? If you have to think about it then it probably means it isn’t a portfolio piece and axe it from there. Those axed photos might be great for a scrap book or people in the photos might love them, but in terms of you getting a great portfolio together those photos don’t belong.January 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm #16193loribrownParticipant
Thanks Kris3000. I actually really hate every single wedding shot on my portfolio, so I’m not surprised people are pointing them out. Every bride keeps asking me if I have sample photos so instead of saying no I just put up a few that I took at my best friends wedding – in which I was just a guest LONG before I considered being a photographer. I will take them down in two weeks when I finish some conceptual wedding sessions. It’s interesting the photos that some people love are photos that I don’t like and photos that some people think aren’t good are the ones that are my favorite. I’m sure if I gave access to all of my albums the photos that other photographers would choose to be in my portfolio may be images that I would never even consider!January 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm #16200Kris3000Participant
I really do understand that. Instead of throwing up photos of what you have you can put up some good portrait, 3/4 and full length photos of friends, family, strangers that have time on their hands. If necessary the next time you get a family or couples shoot throw them a discount to use them as individual models. Hire a sitter for a night and go to a lounge, bar or fancy restaurant with some friends and take photos to simulate a dark reception. Brides just want to know that you’ll capture great moments and make them look pretty.
In any case never put anything into a portfolio that isn’t 100%. A few good images are better than more that you have to try and hide or mask in some way. Let the work you have speak for itself, if that bride or groom doesn’t like it that’s fine you don’t have to work together but letting clients see sub-par work doesn’t speak well for you and puts you at a disadvantage when they try and negotiate with you.January 24, 2014 at 8:48 am #16252AceCo55Participant
Once you go to your portfolio page, there is no navigation to be able to get back to the rest of your site. One has to work back using the back button – which people are not likely to bother with if they have been viewing a stack of photos.
Breadcrumb would be the most usual method.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.