The Art of Curating your Photography Portfolio

Curating your work can mean the difference in having a mind blowing portfolio vs. an average portfolio. I believe that the most important job we have as photographers is to tell a story and to be able to use our eye to identify what it is about a photo or photo series that we like, feel and want to share with others. Identifying what speaks to you as an artist and knowing what you would like to say, is the first step in the curation process.

Let me use instagram as an example. We have all seen those instagram profiles that literally wow us and make us want to dive right in to their little instagram portal and live the life that they have taken the time to carefully curate or create the kind of images that make us feel that rush of inspiration. Or, we get down on ourselves about thinking that we cannot possibly create something so captivating... which is THE worst and simply not true. You need to pep up because the secret is in the process of WHAT images you CHOOSE to show your audience. Chances are, you have some gems that tell a beautifully curated story already sitting on your computer. You just have not taken the time to be able to see the whole story yet, or have noticed a reoccurring theme in the work that you create. After taking the time to go through your images. "Ask yourself, "what is it that I want and need to share with the world?" Sometimes the answer is in the images you have created already. Sometimes the answer is in new images that you need to go out and create. This is a also a great first step to following your authenticity as a photographer.

Either way, know that you are not alone in this confusing efforts to create a captivating portfolio. I help artists with this struggle all the time. If you would like to get personalized help with this, check out my consulting services page

Below are a couple of different examples of curated portfolios. There is a underlying tone & mood set for both sets of galleries. They are also divided into different categories. They are all lifestyle, however, one is geared towards fashion and the other family portrait and wedding. You could possibly blend these two together if you choose your image pairing wisely :)

Fashion Lifestyle 

Lifestyle Portrait

Creating from the Soul

To me, personal work is EVERYTHING. If I didn't have time or the guts, (because it takes a lot to put yourself out there and to get down with your weird self) to create what I feel as an artist, I would probably not even bother with photography. Because I have always used my work as a form of expression, it's very important to keep creating from the soul. I love when I can take an idea and run with it. Twisting, molding and manipulating, is all the juice of the process! Creation in it's truest form. 

Inspiration is everywhere! I get my ideas from moods, dreams, philosophy, science and music. Give yourself permission to create freely and as wildly as you like <3 What makes your heart race, your blood flow and energy move with inspiration? 

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