For as long as I’ve been a serious photographer, I’ve had a portfolio.
People who hire photographers aren’t interested in a resume or any other claim on a page. A photographer’s CV, pedigree or certification is essentially meaningless.
A typical portfolio can exist in any number of forms. From a simple stack of prints to a bound book to a website or any number of variations in between. I’ve used them all.
Time constraints usually don’t allow me to show my work in person. Instead, the first stop for a potential buyer is my website. Please note, that it’s not my time that’s constrained. I always have time to show a portfolio.
If I can find a crack in a potential client’s schedule and if I’m really trying to impress them, I’ll drop by and do a quick photo session. I invite the person I want to impress to be the subject.
This is like walking a tightrope without a safety net. It’s frightening to most, but exhilarating to me.
Late last week I had a nice visit with a creative duo that I admire. Before I departed, I reminded them of my abilities. Instead of showing what I had already done, I showed them what I could do in the moment under their roof with my camera.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.