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PORTFOLIO BUILDING Q + A


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've spent 15+ years as a curator and reviewer at portfolio review events - and 25 years as a photographer. I love helping artists take their next steps with more confidence, so I'm deeply committed to sharing all I know. I hope it's helpful!

 

 

CREATE A BEAUTIFUL PORTFOLIO OF YOUR OWN...

Do you want to create (or refine) a portfolio so your work 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? Or maybe you just love creative exploration and personal discovery, and you want to deepen your relationship to your art? 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:

 
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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! 
 

 

ATTENDING A PORTFOLIO REVIEW EVENT

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. Take a look at the schools near you to find one. 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/entry details for each event.
 

POPULAR U.S. PORTFOLIO REVIEW EVENTS

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)

 

POPULAR INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

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)