Creating a Portfolio


I’ve clicked hundreds of pictures of landscapes, portraits and weddings over the past seven years. How can I compile all of this into a portfolio to show clients?
Ronita Bhattacharya, Kolkata, via email

This story was originally published in July 2014.

First of all, decide whether you want to portray yourself as a photographer who specialises in one genre or as one who covers many genres. Accordingly, make the compartments in your portfolio. If you shoot multiple genres, don’t forget to represent all of them.

The photographs you select must be your finest. In a matter of 5–7 photographs, the client should be impressed with your skills. Each photograph must be unique in the technique or lighting used. Apart from your pictures, include any web or magazine pages where you have
been featured.

Package your portfolio by designing one that best exemplifies who you are and what you shoot. Need inspiration? Browse through the internet for some of the most innovative portfolios created by people around the world.

Developing an online portfolio in addition to its physcial counterpart, is also a good idea since people from all over the world can have a look at it. Clients would go through your blog or website before contacting you in person. It is also cost effective and site’s link can be given to anyone, increasing the chances of getting hired!

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