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How to Go About Editing Your Portfolio

Photographer Zack Arias has written up a lengthy and insightful post detailing how he goes about updating and editing his portfolio:

Here begins the process of lining up your children and, ummmm, figuring out which ones you love more than the others. This begins the painful process. It’s painful to not only choose but if you are a true creative this is the part where your self doubt, anxiety, and loathing start to show up. You come back to your BIG edit and it all sucks.

The images that you want to shoot are not in this folder. They are still out in the world waiting for you to capture them. As you start to go through 1,000+ of your “best” images they all begin to suck. You want to trash them all and just go shoot a new book. Well sorry Charlie, you can’t do that. You can’t go shoot a new book. Those elusive images are just that… elusive. You have to harden yourself during this process and realize that you are building a body of work with what you have to work with. If you ever say “I’ll just do this when my work is ready” then you will never do it. That kept me from this process for a long time. Kick the demons out of your head and get to work.

Arias recommends that you should go through this process at least twice a year, as it will show you holes in your body of work that you can then go out and fill.

Editing Your Portfolio [Zack Arias]


 
  • http://www.thecitruslens.com Greg

    always a tough process even for a novice like me

  • http://twitter.com/denMAR Dennis Marciniak

    I was planning to work on my portfolio today and have been meaning to get around to it for the past two months. That second quoted paragraph is exactly what’s going on right now. Good post and super timely!

  • http://twitter.com/Soiden Sebastián Soto

    Indeed, I guess it doesn’t matter if you’re pro or amateur, if you take a portfolio seriously, it will be hard, very hard.