to be able to show potential clients the best of you. So..what type of images
do you put in your portfolio?
Have a Polaroid type photo of your face, with no or minimal make up, and a full
This will show your clients what YOU really look like with out any fancy
lighting, editing, make up artist etc etc.
portfolio would be, natural looks, and dramatic/bold looks. You want to be able
to show that you are versatile, you’re not just a one trick pony who can
pull off one look.
Make sure you have a mix of images that range from beauty, fashion, editorial,
and make sure that not all of them are just in a studio, or on location.
Personally I have two types of portfolios. I have my online one, and I have a
printed one. The printed one I take with me to all my shoots, so if I am at a
photoshoot, and I am working with people who haven’t seen my work online..then
I can show them my printed folio and give them a link to where they can find
more of my work.
In my printed portfolio, I started off with only 10 images. There was 5
headshots, and 5 full length or ¾ length. As I have done more and more work, I
have added to it, and taken away the images that are maybe not my strongest any
more. I have asked opinions of other professionals, if I can not decide on
particular photos from the same shoot, or that are quite similar. I have also
asked for peoples opinions on my portfolio as to which are my strongest and
weakest images. This, I find is important to do, as you become attached to the
images yourself…so asking a few different people what they prefer, and why,
can help you to decide what should and should not be in your portfolio.
Keep your portfolio up to date!! If you keep around a printed portfolio that
hasn’t been updated for more than 6 months (depends on how often you book a
shoot) think about looking through your images you have received most recently
and pick one or two that would help update your current portfolio.
I hope this has helped…and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate
to ask!! 🙂