Hey FashionPhotographyBlog.com readers.
Last time we discussed the things you need to consider before you even start your photography portfolio. Today we are going to talk about the types of portfolios that available in the market today and where you to get them as well as taking a look at what I chose to present my portfolio and how I laid out to showcase my photos.
House of Portfolios/Brewer Cantelmo
The standard black book
House of Portfolios and Brewer Cantelmo are the two go-to places in NYC for artists to get their books from. There are a ton of options you can choose from as far as materials, colors, sizes, etc. All portfolios from these studios are custom made. You choose everything right down to the last detail. Essentially, these are the studios you’ll go to when ordering an “industry standard” leather bound book.
They do have leather alternatives for those on a budget or those worried about harming an animal. My book (from House of Portfolios) is made of a material called “natural” – a man-made leather alternative. Looks and feels like leather without killing a cow.. Win-win!
Ice Nine – Frosted Clear Acrylic
Case Envy has become known for these super awesome frosted acrylic portfolios. They give a pop of personality by letting your work be seen before ever opening the book! They also come as a kit with a clear case to house your portfolio in.
Pina Zangaro is definitely master of the “non-traditional” book. They offer a number of options – none of which include leather bound. Is metal is your thing? They’ve got an option for you! Perhaps you prefer carbon fiber or bamboo? Knock yourself out. Go wild!
Check out what other options they have to offer:
As far as my book goes, I decided to go with the standard 14×11 “leather” bound traditional black book with a custom presentation/shipping case from House of Portfolios. At HOP everything is custom made so it takes a few weeks for them to build everything. It’s well worth it though!
Custom shipping/presentation case
Case with my book inside
Here’s a quick little video of how my portfolio is laid out. Sorry for having to skip over 20 pages in the middle – the stories haven’t been released yet, so I’m unable to show them to the internet! :(
As you can see, my name is inlaid in the front. There is a matching title page (this is one of those million options you can choose from). And in the back there are screwposts you use to add or remove pages. Don’t have enough work to fill your entire portfolio? No sweat! There are spacers you can put in your book to make up for the extra room.
Also, don’t forget to print up some promo cards! The pocket in the back of your book is specifically there to house your promos. Why?
Put some promo cards in your book before going to a meeting (make sure you keep track of how many you put in there!) When your portfolio is returned, flip to the back and count how many cards remain. If some were taken, good for you! It means whoever had your book likes what they saw and took a promo to remember you by.
As you can see, there are plenty of options out there in the marketplace to suit your brand and portfolio style. Now comes the hard part.. Layouts! That’s right, join us next time as we are going to take you through different ways of laying out your portfolio and the advantages of each.
Until then –
Feature image & images 1-7: courtesy of Alana Tyler Slutsky