I never, ever thought I’d be doing Chapter 5 of this series. I was very sure that I’d get to Chapter Two – after all, it’s my blog, and I can do two stupid things if I want to. But I was pretty sure that no one but me was really going to watch them, and/or that I’d get a lot of emails saying, in effect, “this suck, your stupid. so what if it not verticle, it probably just old, or maybe a small owl.” (you’d be amazed at some of the gems that arrive in my inbox)
But it turns out that there are a fair number of people watching these, and the feedback has been pretty good…..and so here we are at Chapter Five, which in my current sleep-deprived state will have to be called, like any good work of art, “Untitled”.
Today we’re going to do two new things: First, we’re going to visit the site of a portraiture photographer from Canada. I love shooting portraiture, and I do a pretty good headshot, but seriously…I’m not a portraiture guy, day to day. I have no idea how I came to be doing this, but I said Yes, and so I did my best. And secondly, I recruited some help for this one, in the form of my good friend Russell Byrne. Russell is an editorial/magazine shooter based in New Zealand the Bay Area Seattle (he gets around), and he’s got a great eye for this sort of thing. Russell won the Pixsylated “Exciting Light” photo contest last year with a fantastic (and technical masterpiece) image of a medical researcher. He’s been published in too many magazines to list here, and is one of my favorite people to have a beer (or two, or three) with.
Next, I took a look at a real estate photographer in Great Britain, who has some really top-shelf work mixed in with a few that ought to be dropped. Way, way too many photos on that site to hit them all, but hopefully I was able to hit a good representative cross-section.
A few points to remember:
First – I am not the end-all and be-all of what makes a good portfolio. In the following video, I speak my mind as the images come up, but mine is not the ultimate authoritative voice. Yours is. So if this is useful as a sounding board, good: but be sure to get other opinions as well. More importantly than that – make sure you are listening carefully to your own voice, more than anyone else’s. Shoot the style (and present the portfolio) that speaks to the message YOU want to send. That’s the road to success in photography.
Second – In order to protect the guilty, I am not linking to sites, and I’m not naming these photographers in print. Please do the same. Thanks. We don’t want Google Juice spilling onto these reviews.
Third – I hope I’ve addressed the video quality in this chapter. Let me know how it looks!
And so, without further ceremony, grab your popcorn and sit back with……Chapter Five: “Untitled”.