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The Secret to Having an Amazing Photography Portfolio

The Secret to Having an Amazing Photography Portfolio
Do you love photography?  Do you see the pictures that others take and start drooling or even envying them?  Do you wish that you could have these kinds of photos to show for yourself.  You are not alone in this.  There are some simple ways to do this for yourself.

Cramer Imaging's professional landscape photograph of a dramatic orange sunset with clouds in silhouette in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho

1. Take Lots of Photos Yourself

In order for you to even have a portfolio of amazing photos to show off, you need to have lots of photos to show off.  This means you must take lots and lots of photographs.  You cannot buy, beg, borrow, or steal your way into a legitimate portfolio worthy of display.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature photograph of a stylized pink thistle bud flower at Freeman Park, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho

You will have to put your nose to the grindstone and your finger to work at the shutter of a camera in order to generate a photo portfolio of any kind.  The more photos you take, the better your chances of taking a picture worthy of becoming a permanent staple in your portfolio.

Professional quality nature photograph of sepia toned wild grass against sky and clouds in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho by Cramer Imaging

Amazing and beautiful photographs do not simply start flowing simply because you picked up a camera with a goal.  You need lots of time and patience both in order to achieve the portfolio of your dreams.

2. Develop an Artistic Eye

As you practice and take more pictures, you will naturally start to discern what works for you and what doesn't.  This means camera settings, subject matter, composition, and final image selection.

Quality landscape silky water spring with trees and rocks professionally photographed by Cramer Imaging near Alta, Wyoming

With this artistic eye, you will be able to start choosing images for your portfolio which will better and better reflect what you want to build it into.  You will start noticing issues with some of your early work and become ashamed of what you were once proud of.  There is nothing wrong with this.  I am still finding shame in earlier work even years later.

Professional quality fine art photograph of an abstract black and white cloud by Cramer Imaging

This eye will be your best friend in choosing your portfolio images.  Trust it.  As you grow in photography, you will trust your own instinct about what is good and what is not more and more.  It is this eye that will assemble the final portfolio for you.  Train it and let it grow.

3. Only Display Your Best Work

If you notice one thing that all those amazing photographers do, they only display their best work.  You never see those photos which they screwed up on.  Unless it is a deliberate artistic choice, you never see blurry or out-of-focus images EVER.  You only see those photographs which they want you to see.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of Upper Mesa Falls on the Snake River near Harriman State Park, Idaho

Use this same tactic yourself when you select pictures for your portfolio.  Amazing bodies of any kind of work never show anything deemed to be sub par.  Your first attempts at creating a successful artistic photograph probably should not be included at all and neither should several subsequent attempts.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality epic fine art photograph of the Idaho Falls Temple with dramatic lighting and a cloudy sky

If you don't consider a certain picture to be acceptable, then don't include it.  If you have questions about whether or not to include a particular image, that might be your gut telling you that you shouldn't do so.  It's better to have a smaller body of consistently high quality photography than a larger body where the quality varies too much.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art nature photograph of a purple crocus flower close-up in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

It would also be a prudent idea to double check you selections with someone you trust just in case you missed something which would embarrass you.

4. Choosing the Right Method of Display for Your Portfolio

Once you have assembled an acceptable body of images for your photography portfolio, then you must choose how you want to display them.  Several different methods exist for just this purpose so you must choose the option which works best for you.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of the Teton mountains and river at moon rising in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho

Online photography portfolios are plentiful.  There are several different free as well as paid options for showing off your work.  Popular free options include:

Popular paid options include:

Online photo portfolios aren't for everyone.  Other options include book style portfolios.  With this option, you can choose a traditional photo album in which to display your portfolio or you can choose to have your photos printed in their own bound book.

Traditional photo albums are available for purchase in many locations.  For your own printed book, you will need to find a photo lab which offers this service.  Fortunately, most offer this service for a fee.  Common options include:


Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature photograph of red tulips and yellow daffodils flowers in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Building an amazing and beautiful photography portfolio requires lots of photos to select from, an artistic eye to carefully make the selection, and a proper medium of choice to display them in.

Portfolio building is a simple concept but does require lots of work and serious decision-making.

With careful and consistent attention to all the points listed here, you need not be jealous of others' beautiful photography.  You can proudly create and display your own photography portfolio for others to enjoy.

We hope that you've enjoyed checking out some of our portfolio favorites.  Now go out there and create your own.  Share it in the comments section so we can all check out the beautiful photos you take.