May 31, 2018 at 9:51 pm #31133Modesty LymanParticipant
I enjoy all sorts of photography, but the main focus of my photography “business” is concert photography (specifically the Southern Gospel Music genre). I’ve been doing it for a few years and have already established a base with my name out there (I’ve done album covers, work used in magazines, etc). One of my friends that sings in one of the groups wants me to send him a portfolio/packet of my work that he wants to show a friend of his (who runs the largest magazine in the genre) to see if he’d be interested in hiring me. I have never had the need for a portfolio before this, because it’s all been word of mouth and through social media. Does anyone have any tips on putting together a portfolio of concert photography? Things that should be included? Amount of photos? Is there a preference of physical or digital? I’ve looked at starting an online portfolio, but don’t know that its worth the amount I’d be paying for it when this is the first time I’ve found one necessary. Any suggestions welcome.
Thank you in advance!
-ModestyJune 1, 2018 at 10:41 am #31148Modesty LymanParticipant
Update : I did find a place called portfoliobox.net that has a free option for an online portfolio that looks pretty good. Will be checking it out today.June 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm #31416James StaddonKeymaster
Hi @modestyl! I’m SOOOO sorry no one has replied to your question! Evidently, there aren’t many folks on here who have any experience with building a portfolio. 🙂
I’m just returning from some travels and finally getting around to sorting through questions from non-PRO folks so….sorry for my delay in responding as well.
First, do you still need an answer to your question? Is the opportunity you mentioned still available and in need of being responded to?
My initial reaction is to quickly throw your best shots (100 or so of them, so they’ll know you are serious about your genre) to an online portfolio someplace. Lightroom Classic CC offers a really easy, portfolio-esque way to do this (I can explain more about it later if you’d like).
Secondly, I would assume since the one reviewing your work is in the magazine production business, they would want to see your work in print. Have ever had any of your work printed for anything? Pull that out. I think they’d prefer to see that your pictures are being used by others more than they would be impressed that you have a pretty collection of printed pictures in an album that you just have for portolio showcasing.
Talk to your friend. How will they communicate with the prospective client? Will they be showing it in person? If so, you might want to consider making prints for a physical portfolio (this is the best way to showcase a portfolio in the long, less and less photographers are doing it), but you have to consider the up-front expense of getting stuff printed before you even know if you’re going to get the job.
Feel free to continue this discussion here. I am unable to check through these forums regularly, but I’ll reply if I have time. I could set aside time for a personal coaching call if you’d like, or if there’s a pressing deadline.
I wish you the best in this endeavor!
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