Design the Perfect Portfolio
So let's talk about your portfolio specifically. Again, this kind of depends on what type of photography you're doing and how much diversity you are doing as far as style goes. Um Again, I want to go back to talking about having a single sort of thing, the single sort of type of photography that you're doing. If you're just shooting weddings, let's focus on just showing weddings. If you're doing headshots, let's just focus on doing head shots. I think if you end up doing multiple different types of photography, you're gonna need a portfolio soda for each one. It gets a little jumbled together when there's too many different styles in one sort of category. If I'm a wedding photographer and I'm looking for you as a wedding photographer and all of a sudden an actor headshot or a corporate headshot comes up. That might be a little off putting when you're trying to hire a photographer or when I'm looking for a head shot or a corporate shot in a really pretty photo of some rings comes up, th...
at's gonna throw me off a little bit trying to hire you as a portrait photographer. So you're gonna want to separate those. That's my advice as much as you possibly can. Even if that means a whole another website. Something to think about, let's start off with the specific portfolio like weddings. So I want to show a range of style, I want to be able to show everything that I can do as far as my style goes. Now, this doesn't have to be like totally crazy different because you are a single photographer. But you know, having a black and white photo, having a de saturated photo, having something that's different that can kind of pertain towards someone who's looking for a specific style and know that you can accomplish. Maybe one or two things is really helpful and diverse as you get, better as you get more popular as you hone in your style, you'll be able to condense and sort of become one single sort of look and they'll hire you for your specific look. Another thing to take into consideration is doing close ups and whites. I know a lot of photographers who actually just show shots of brides all the time. Just close up shots of brides. It's important to throw like a nice big wide in there. A couple shot. A nice detailed shot or two. You want to show diversity because a wedding is something that is a big range of things. That you can kind of, I need to show that you can do everything. Now with head shots and portraits, you may want to show a different range of people. Right? So there's all sorts of people in this world. You want to show different skin tones. You want to show potentially different hairstyles, different sexes. Male female. You just want to be able to know that you can cover all those ranges because you don't know who's looking at your website and who might hire you if you stick to one specific hairstyle sex uh skin color, it may be off putting to someone else and you may get less work from it. Sometimes very little will go a long way. I think when you're picking out your photos, you should really make sure to pick the ones that you really, really love and really represent you. You don't need to pick every single photo that you've ever taken and put it on your portfolio. It could be good, but trying to hone down to the ones that are really, really great and don't feel like you need to really, really show every single style of photo, just do the ones that you think are going to get you the job. So in the case study, we're going to be looking at different examples of different websites and portfolios by different types of photographers, including myself, I have a few and also different styles of structures of websites.