Three Questions: Short Version
1. How do you organize your photography portfolio?
2. Has social media changed the way you organize your portfolio?
3. Do social media applications provide better opportunities to represent your unique style and vision than a traditional portfolio?
After receiving input from several photographers, I have synthesized my project into three questions. During March, I will share photographers' responses to see if the once sacred photography portfolio is still relevant or a relic better associated with the film camera era.
At the least, the photography portfolio is a valuable teaching tool. (I teach a popular photography portfolio workshop twice a year with Mark Murray at JEA National Conferences). Next month, Jim McNay will join us in Anaheim. By creating a portfolio, photographers learn how to present their best work. Students learn how to edit and sequence photos. Students practice listening to feedback and finding their voice.
New technology has helped photographers share their work. We are more accessible. We can reach our audience on Facebook and Twitter. I love it.
However, I realize that using some of these new tools is at odds with creating a quality portfolio. I "post" photos that I would otherwise delete. I share photo galleries that seem inconsistent with other projects. I think about sequencing photos less, because I know that my viewers might find photos by search terms or tagged names... and yet, I am mostly content, because I am reaching my audience.
So, how do we present ourselves now? Is the portfolio still relevant? What do you do?