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If you're embarking on your journey to make a photography portfolio then you must know the initial steps that are involved in doing so.
Photography portfolios are very helpful in displaying your work to potential clients or to businesses. They can be a great way to enter into the field as most people would want to see your portfolio when you approach them for work.
Fresh photographers have no clue how to begin with the process or what pictures to choose to add to their portfolio. It's difficult to comprehend what people are actually searching for and what approach you shall pick.
Here are the steps to begin:
Begin by taking a look at various portfolios and notice how the content is placed on the website.
Pick out the features that you like and things that you don't like. This will help you save time and narrow down a picture of how you'll go about your portfolio.
Next, you have to choose a platform to kickstart your website. While you may get a site builder and build a customized site, most experts suggest to go for WordPress, which is a free platform with tonnes of templates (paid and free). Using Wordpress can be daunting for many as it does need coding know-how. If you are looking for an easy, drag-and-drop website builder, Pixpa is a great option. This all-in-one platform allows photographers, designers and creative pros to build professional portfolio websites, complete with in-built eCommerce store, client proofing and blogging capabilities. Pixpa is affordable as well and offers top-class hosting and 24/7 customer support.
After you pick a platform, make an account and get the domain/hosting for your website from BlueHost or Godaddy.com or any other which you think is reliable. You may also pick a free hosting program, but it would be wiser to go for a professional website with a paid account.
The next step involves customizing your portfolio. A portfolio demands a layout that is fascinating and eye catching. WordPress provides you with a lot of portfolio based themes that you can download for as low as $2. If you search enough, you may even find some good themes for free.
Do not finalize the layout in one go, test multiple themes first and see what looks best and is relevant to your work. Next, add a contact page and social media links for people to get in touch with you.
If you have a sound budget and you want to make it a bit more exciting, then you can hire a developer who can code and adjust your portfolio’s foundation as you like.
Finally, pick out the best of your work from your collection and add it with proper keywords which are relevant to the photo. It is recommended that you photos your pics with a tool like Luminar to make sure they look great.
Also, categorize your photos carefully. For example, there should be a specific section for nature photography and another for humans or faces.
Another element to keep the visitors hooked is to add interesting captions or a little story behind the photo. It will also add personality to your site.
The last step is to make your portfolio go live. But, before you do that, make sure to check everything on your portfolio. See if the layout looks good and you’ve added your work samples. While you can always go back and make changes, but it would be wiser to look into it before you go live.