I saw a couple job ads on a site for photographers the other day.  I’ve been a computer and network guy for almost twenty years, so getting a job as a photographer would be a big change for me.   The ads asked for a portfolio of work.  Whether or not I apply, I’ve started thinking about which photographs would make up my portfolio.  It’s not easy to choose.  What are the criteria?  What kind of things would other people look for in my photographs to see what kind of photographer I am?  I have 9,000 online pictures to choose from… and another few hundred wasting away as negatives on a shelf.

I’m tempted to put my favorite pictures into a portfolio, but that would probably be the wrong thing to do.  Seems to me that a portfolio should represent my ability to take different kinds of pictures, not just show off pictures that I like.  I don’t take a lot of pictures of people, but that’s how one makes money as a photographer.  weddings and portraits are the meat and potatoes.  The candids and landscapes that I favor only make up a small part of a career.  Unless you’re Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, or  Clyde Butcher.


 I submitted this picture to National Geographic’s website, but they didn’t take it.  I’m photographing a friend’s wedding this summer…  that will be my second wedding.  I’m starting to think that most photographers stumble into a career instead of purposefully trying to do it.

4 Responses to “Portfolio”

  1. sweetiegirlz Says:

    I love photography! I have enjoyed seeing yours on your site too. Amazing bee pic. I think images should always “touch” the person who looks at them. Theres the “ooh” and “aaaahh” factor. Have you thought about micro stock photog.?

  2. glorious Says:

    I love your photos and have been visiting your site for a long time now just to see what you have posted. It would be so terrific if you could actually make a living of your talent.

  3. Manuel Says:

    I think that would be awesome if you got a photographer job because you are SO good at it!

  4. Sonja Says:

    National Geographic’s loss.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: