A year ago, I put up my photography portfolio for the first time. I promised myself I’d update it regularly. (Of course, I never did. Terrible.)
With the domain expiration looming, I decided this was as good a time as any to update my portfolio. So I did! Check it out: http://www.jacquelinejaszka.com/
A few thoughts about photography portfolios:
1) Sifting through some of my favorite photographer’s portfolios, it seems like a lot of them are using their portfolio to tell more about their spirit and voice, rather than displaying their 10-15 best shots. The traditional way of looking at portfolios is putting solely your best work up there — fewer pictures, and only those of the highest possible quality (in terms of composition, image quality, etc.) you could achieve. But this newer perspective of portfolios really works for photographers who focus more on lifestyle and telling a visual story — perhaps not every picture is the best standalone picture ever, but when coupled together, the photos tell a greater story than a single picture could. A very interesting trend in portfolios.
2) Creating a portfolio is probably one of the very best ways for you to see — literally see! — your strengths and weaknesses as a photographer. (If you’re honest with yourself, of course.) It was, and will undoubtedly continue to be, a lesson in humility for myself to see my limitations as a photographer. I recommend any photographer do it, even if you don’t make it public.
(Of course, the rub is that, when facing your limitations, you don’t get too discouraged but instead get inspired to become better in those areas. And to sit back and appreciate some really nice pictures you’ve taken!)
3) The most amount of time I spent creating my portfolio — both this year and last year — was struggling with CSS and HTML. (Sometimes I yearn for my forgotten HTML skills, honed when crafting my angsty LiveJournal in undergrad — ha!) For the life of me, I could not get my portfolio to look like what I had envisioned. So I tried out www.4ormat.com, and within 10 minutes, I was able to make it look like what I wanted. No HTML, no CSS. Just drop-down menus and real time previewing. Perfect! They were a little more expensive than the previous site I was using, but the hours and hours I saved are more than worth it. Just a little tip for those similarly CSS-challenged like myself.
(Could this be the longest post I’ve ever written? Very possibly.)