Is one of your goals this year to build a food photography portfolio? Perhaps you to start food photography business this year? In this post we look at the dilemma of whether you should build a portfolio first or you should start marketing yourself and your business.
Build a Food Photography Portfolio
What’s a good way of getting a food portfolio started while also gaining some business exposure?”
Great question. Phelia, for gaining any business it is almost essential that you have a portfolio, unless you are photographing for someone you know well. I started with photographing for a friend’s Thai Restaurant in the summer of 2006. I didn’t have to show her my organized portfolio, she just looked at some of my photos and wanted me to take food photos of Thai cuisine.
In her case she knew me so photography portfolio was not necessary. However, when this is done for a client, most clients would want to see your portfolio.
Now to answer your question on how to gain exposure while building a portfolio. First you don’t need to have too large of a portfolio when you are starting. I would not spend too much time on building a huge portfolio.
There are portfolios with 20-25 photos and then there are also portfolios with 50+ photographs. My approach is to get few outstanding food photographs and create a portfolio and not wait because there aren’t 40 or 50 photos in your portfolio.
As you gain more clients and take more photos, your portfolio will grow. However, don’t put sub-standard photos in your portfolio. It will only hurt you in the long run.
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