Hey FashionPhotographyBlog.com readers.
Last time we talked about the different types of portfolios and where you can get them. Today, we are going to discuss various types of layouts you can use in your portfolio, and the advantages of each.
Laying out your book takes a bit of time to perfect. I played around with mine for weeks until I found a style I was happy with.
First you have to figure out what kind of layout you want. You’re free to lay it out however you please but here are a few of the more common options:
Some page layout options
1. Full Bleed
Full bleed is one of the most common layout options. It’s when you fill the entirety of the page with your image.
Pro: Looks BEAUTIFUL and really focuses in on the image.
Con: You’ll most likely have to crop your image. Keep in mind that the ratio of your book is most likely going to be more square than the ratio of your camera sensor. This will result in your images having to be cropped into in order to fill the entirety of the page with image.
2. Border on Two Sides
By putting borders on two of the sides, it’s a way of somewhat achieving full bleed without having to crop your image. Instead, you fill the page with your image and center it. Because of the ratio from image to portfolio, you’ll end up with a bit of border on either side that you can fill with either white or black.
Pro: You don’t have to crop out any of your image.
Rather than having borders on two sides, go all out and have a border all around! Some people prefer to mat their images – this is kind of a way to mat your image while in a print book.
Pro: Looks more intentional than the border on two sides. Borders can look great depending on the image!
Con: While I do love me a good border, I don’t like to flip through a book and see every single image with borders. Personally, I think it gets boring and predicable.
4. Whitespace in the Gutter
Ah, a nice alternative to the borders on two sides layout. By placing the image full bleed on 3 sides, you can run the excess whitespace of the page in the gutter.
Pro: Looks more intentional and less cheap than borders on two sides.
No one says you have to stick to any of these general layout ideas. Go crazy! Have 4 images on a page. Do whatever it is your heart desires, just make it look good!
I’ve opted to go with a more “modern” layout, if you want to call it that. It’s a mixture of borders and whitespace in the gutter. In order to keep my book from being boring and predicable, I alternate which page gets the gutter and which gets the border. Also, in pairing gutter and border, it makes the whitespace on both pages look more intentional. Less attention is drawn to the image with whitespace in the gutter because the whitespace continues onto the neighboring page.
How do you like laying out your portfolio? Let us know in the comment section below. Want more tips for laying out your portfolio? Stay tuned because next time I will be sharing my tips for laying out your portfolio book to make it a simple and easy process for you.
Until then –
Feature image: Alana Tyler Slutsky featuring Seamless Paper
Images 1 – 5: courtesy of Alana Tyler Slutsky