hey there FashionPhotographyBlog.com readers.
Over the past few weeks we have been going in depth with portfolios; from what you should do before you start your portfolio, different types of portfolio book options that are available in the market at the moment, as well as the various kinds of layouts you can choose to use in your portfolio and the benefits of using each.
Today, I want to share with you some of my quick tips to help you get the layout for your portfolio perfect. So let’s get into it shall we?
Tips For Laying Out Your Book
Here are some tips you should think about when you are laying out your portfolio:
1. Start and end with your strongest images!
2. Pre-plan EVERYTHING and be organized.
3. Use a program like InDesign or hand draw your layout before getting everything printed. It’s very easy to mess up while doing something that uses gutters by not knowing which image lies on each side of your book BEFORE having everything printed.
4. Look to magazines for inspiration on how to design your layout. W Magazine is top notch when it comes to art direction and layout. Check it out.
5. Get a second (third, fourth and fifth) opinion before finalizing your layout!
6. Still don’t know what to do? Check out No Plastic Sleeves to get inspired.
7. Look to other photographers who have shared their portfolios online. Joey L has a great post on how he created his portfolio.
8. Remember – your portfolio doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it doesn’t have to be a book at all!
9. If you’re unhappy with the “standard” come up with something new.
10. Whatever choices you make in how you present your portfolio make sure it represents you in a positive light and doesn’t detract too much attention away from the images within.
Thank you for reading through my post about portfolios. I hope that you got some useful pointers from and are ready to start your portfolio journey or, if you have already started, to make those necessary tweaks to get your portfolio just right.
Do you have any tips for laying out your portfolio that wasn’t covered in this post? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.
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Feature image: courtesy of Alana Tyler Slutsky