25.9.13

What I learnt from creating my portfolio



Recently I’ve been working on my new portfolio a lot - deciding which images to include, figuring out how many categories I need, choosing the right logo, playing around with different layouts, …
There have been a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes I thought I was there, then again a couple of days later I felt like I had already seen the design for too long and needed something new. I’d also come across photographers whose work I hadn’t seen before and felt inspired. Felt the need to change my style of photography completely, and to push myself further, to challenge myself.
This also influenced the process of building my portfolio - I got frustrated with my own work, and lost track of what I was initially trying to achieve: creating my portfolio.

I’ve now completed the process of designing my new website, and am choosing which photos to include at the moment, so that my lovely boyfriend can actually build the site ;)
Finally arriving at ‘the end’ of designing my website feels like such a relief. It’s amazing how much of a difference ‘just finishing’ can make.
Although it was a bit of a long process, and I hadn’t imagined it to be that way, I learnt a lot. I learnt that sometimes you just have to pick something and stick with it. You’ll never completely get there, it will never be perfect. There will always be a point where you’ll change your mind. But that’s ok - it doesn’t have to last forever. If you feel the need to change something at a later point you can always do that.
Also, there just are about a million photographers out there and everyone’s style and photos are different. That’s ok as well. Use it as an inspiration, but don’t get caught up trying to achieve something that’s just not you. Developing your own style will take time - indeed I believe it’s a never ending process.
The main point I took away from the process of creating my portfolio is to not take yourself and your work too seriously. Relax. It’s just a website.
It was the most amazing feeling to just finish what had been on my to-do list for ages, and that was only possible when I realised that things will change naturally over time.
Take it easy - that’s probably the best tip I can give you. For any kind of project. :)

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I'm at the beginning of building a portfolio and I really know what you are talking about - it was just what I needed, so thank you!

    And congratulations! I'm very looking forward to see what you created!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm really glad you can relate, Nancy - I know how helpful it can be knowing someone who understands exactly what it's like. All the best with building your portfolio! Just do your thing :)

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  2. I need to build my portfolio. I know I'm going to second guess myself and wonder if it's actually good enough, but it'll all just flow if I let it. Thank you for this post!

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    1. Good luck with creating your portfolio, Steven! :)

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  3. really like your blog! checked out your portfolio too and the images are stunning. Eventually one day I would like to get to that point, it's a great body of accomplishment. x

    http://visualcoffee.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, Louise! It's good to have people that inspire us, and whose work we love, so we can strive to become better. I can definitely think of other photographers where I admire their work. I believe it helps in challenging ourselves. :) All the best with your photography!

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  4. Oh man, this post really spoke to me- I am putting my portfolio site together now. It has been a roller coaster experience with feelings of excitement to feelings of being inadequate and EVERYTHING in between. I needed to read this. thank you..trying to remember to take it easy :)

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    1. Ha, I obviously know what you mean ;) So glad you could relate and this helped you relax!

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