Personal Projects Help Build Your Portfolio

Photofocus (old site)

If you want to go pro, you need a portfolio. It’s often a chicken and egg situation. You need clients to build a portfolio and you need a portfolio to get clients. There are some workarounds. Hopefully this will help.

Make Your Own Assignments

First, you’ve got to practice, practice, practice and do it right! When you don’t have a ton of real assignments you’ve got to create your own. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hiring some models or talking friends and family into spending a day being your subjects. For wedding and portrait images hit a rental shop for both the gown and tuxedos or other costumes. Then spend the day working on capturing images representative of your abilities.

Interested in children’s photography? You’ve got the ability to do exactly the same thing finding friends or neighbors with children. Remember, you’re just starting out and you need images for…

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