This one goes sort of for my colleagues; talented photographers looking for ways to build their portfolio.
It is not easy to have a killer portfolio; there are always people who make us feel jealous about their images, wonder how they got so lucky to shoot what they have. But you know what? building your portfolio is actually not that hard, it is even a fun process, let me share with you all my process to build my portfolio.
I moved full time to photography only four years ago. I was coming from more than 10 years working as Art Director and Graphic Artist for agencies, corporations, freelancing, you name it. I needed a change and I went for it.
When I posted about my existence as photographer I got some feedback, one of them was a printing company building a roster of photographers, they asked me for my portfolio, and guess what… I had nothing to show them.
So I went and made me one.
I started with the basics, Product shots. Bought a bunch of knives, cheeses, wines, shoes, a watch, sunglasses etc, shot it at my house, returned everything I didn’t ate or wore and of you go, I had 14 product shots to show. Awesome.
After that I have built my portfolio, with both, paid an d unpaid work. When I want a picture that I think is going to look good on my portfolio I just look for it, I don’t rely only on paid work to build it because first, I won’t have what I want on it, and second I’ll have to wait longer to have a killer portfolio.
So go out and build your portfolio, look for the shots you want on it, make it happen, don’t wait… and don’t let your clients know which pieces were paid for and which ones didn’t.
Keep on shooting,