Building a photography portfolio can sometimes be a difficult challenge. Nobody likes to do work for free, but at the same time, why is anybody going to pay for your photography if they haven’t seen any of your photos? You basically need to be ready to do a lot of free photography shoots and follow some of the tips below:
Build your Portfolio with Photos of Family and Friends
This is a great thing to do. Instead of approaching strangers, why not take free photos of family and friends. You can even give them away as birthday and holiday gifts! Most people will love any type of photography if it is free, even if you aren’t at a very high level yet with your photography skills. People will still be appreciative simply because it would be better than they can do themselves.
The other reason why this is good to do is, you’ll be able to build your portfolio with great photos of people you know. You’ll be able to get better photos from people that are comfortable with you and give you genuine smiles and expressions. This also makes it easier if you make a mistake. Family and friends are usually more patient.
Make the most out of each shoot while you’re working on your portfolio. You may plan on editing 20 photos for a family shoot digital package, or whatever it may be. As you are building your photography portfolio, take full advantage of the photography session you have in front of you. I know when I was building my own photography portfolio I would sometimes edit 100 photos from a single shoot, I would never do that now. This allowed me to practice my photography skills, practice my Photoshop editing skills and the most important thing is it gave me tons of different options of photos to feature in my portfolio.
If you have enough photos to start your photography business, put your prices up and then give a 50% discount. This way future customers will start to refer to you as a legitimate business. You will start getting brand recognition but at the same time you will continue to build your portfolio.