There comes a time in every photographer’s life when they look at their body of work, and where they want to go next, and think “Oh crap, I guess I’d better put a print portfolio together. And then they start looking at all the possible options for doing that crazy thing, and they feel rather like they’ve opened one of the internet’s tubes and blasted it in their face (with apologies to Matthew Revell).
I could just throw something together, sure. Although it’s an expensive undertaking whichever way you cut it, I could quite happily go out and buy myself a Pina Zangaro portfolio book and fill it with 11×14″ prints of my best work. But my trouble is that I don’t like to take the easy route very often. And that means that I have to learn about other things besides what size is the industry standard for portfolios.
As you’ll all know well enough by now, one of my go-tos for pretty much anything to do with photography is the Atlantan Buddha himself, Mr Zack Arias. He’s been running an awesome Q&A tumblr for a couple of months now, and I’ve been watching it closely for useful titbits of information (because you never stop learning in this game). His advice was to take a look at No Plastic Sleeves (and then weep). Which I did. And bought the book, and started to read…
I have a lot to learn. But it’s going to be a wonderful, frustrating ride, and I’m raring to go.
You can expect some updates on this from time to time. I aim to get to something that I like by some time early next year. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some images I shot of local music teacher James Walton whilst shooting some straightforward lifestyle / advertising images for his website.
Yes, clients, I love it when you let me play around.