Many photographers nowadays consider or have been thinking to create and display a photography portfolio to showcase their work. This is absolutely necessary and every photographer should have a professional portfolio. First it forces every photographer to organize their past and most recent work, have a critical review and sort out its best work for the portfolio. The sole process of review, sorting out and even asking fellow photographers for feedback is worth the time itself.
Gone are the days when one had to hire a professional web designer and spend lots of money to get a photography website and portfolio. But things have changed and one can get setup and running for less than a day. Many companies offer such services for a small monthly fee. And still I am surprised to see how few photographers go through the trouble to set up a portfolio.
True it requires work to sort the portfolio images, research the websites offering portfolio solutions, pick a site theme and upload the images but this is one time investment and later updating the portfolio by taking “weak” images and adding new and more “solid” images is not that time-consuming. The benefit of presenting yourself as a professional photographer and building both awareness and also body of photography work is immensely important.
I went through the same when I first started to thinker with the idea. Did lots of research and reading before picking my portfolio and website provider. Here are some of the sites to consider (planning to update this blog with more in the future):
Folio Link: http://www.foliolink.com
Each offering has its plus and minuses so make sure you answer yourself and know the answers to these questions:
- how easy if to use the service? Does it require lots of time to learn and is the site intuitive to work with?
- is it expandable? Can one not only host and post its portfolio but also setup store to sell prints, organize images in galleries, collections, etc
- can the themes and web design be modified and tailored to one needs and likes?
These are just some of the questions but no matter what provider you pick, having your photography portfolio online will help to put you apart from the guy next door who offers their photography services but still doesn’t have a portfolio.
Think differently, agree or disagree? Drop me a line or comment below.
About the Author:
Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site