Portfolio Building Q&A…Part One

There are a lot of misperceptions about creating photography portfolios, so I thought it would be fun to host a Q + A. My students sent in their questions and I recorded my answers. I hope it's helpful!


Portfolio Building Q&A…Part Two

But wait - there's more. In the second installment of the Q + A, I talk mostly about portfolio presentation. I got a lot of questions about showing portfolios at portfolio review events, so I go over print sizing, paper choices, and other helpful details. As someone who has run portfolio review events and served many times as a reviewer, I've really seen it all when it comes to portfolio presentation. In this talk, I share what I think are the best practices.

I want to mention that portfolio review events are not necessary for every photographer. They're for advanced photographers who are heavily marketing their work to galleries, publishers, and museums. If this feels way out of your league, that's absolutely fine. The most important thing is for you to love your creative practice, to create images that make you happy, and to evolve your skills on your own timetable. If you can do that, you succeed! 



In the audio, I list a few of the top portfolio review organizations in the U.S., but I also want to mention that many smaller organizations offer more accessible portfolio reviews for newer artists. If one of the big reviews doesn't feel right for you just yet, check out a smaller review. Nonprofit photography centers and schools often host mini reviews and those are a great place to start. If you're interested in researching top-tier portfolio reviews, here's a helpful list. Some are juried, some are first-come, first-served, some are lightly vetted. Check the registration details for each event.


Atlanta Celebrates Photography (Atlanta, GA)
Filter Photo Festival (Chicago, IL)
Houston FotoFest (Houston, TX)
Medium Festival of Photography (San Diego, CA)
New York Portfolio Review (NYC)
Palm Springs Photo Festival (Palm Springs, CA)
Photo Alliance (San Francisco, CA)
Photolucida (Portland, OR)
PhotoNOLA (New Orleans, LA)
Review Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM)
Society for Photographic Education (various locations)


Arles Photo Folio Review (Arles, France)
Ballarat International Foto Biennale (Ballarat, Australia)
Contact Photo Festival (Toronto, Canada)
Format Festival (Derby, UK)
MIA Photo Fair (Milan, Italy)
LensCulture (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Create Your Own Portfolio…

Are you ready to dive in and make a photography portfolio you're truly proud of? Do you want to refine your work so it can be exhibited in a gallery, published in a book, or beautifully presented on a website? Do your images speak deeply to your heart, but when you put them all together, they’re a bit...random? My Visionary Portfolio e-course is the perfect next step.

The Visionary Portfolio e-course teaches you how to create
a compelling, cohesive photography portfolio based on your
personal vision (yes, you do have one).


It begins soon - take a look at all the details right here: