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Building Your Portfolio

Hello Friends,

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,

Henckels Knives 1

Henckels Knives 1- Product Photography – We got new knifes for the kitchen that day


Ryobi Tools-Saw

Ryobi Tools-Saw-Product Photography – Love the return policy in Home Depot, who knew later I was going to be shooting for their agency


Boars Head Cheese 1 - Food Photography

Boars Head Cheese 1 – Food Photography – Of course my wife and I ate everything in the table


Introduction to Commercial Photography Seminar

March was a very busy month! We shot for Vans, Orchard and did some commercial videos for local businesses in south Florida, however the highlight of the month was the seminar I went to teach to Colombia.

The Foto Club Universitario of the prestigious Universidad del Cauca invited me to teach an introductory seminar in commercial photography. I had the unique opportunity of sharing my experience as an ad photographer with 18 avid students who were just so eager to learn and were on point taking notes.

We had two days where I gave them a presentation and then we shot two pieces of commercial photography, product and a cover page, we all had a great time.

Here some BTS, enjoy!

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