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Right Moves: Are Print Portfolios Obsolete?


KRESH LARGE


Myrna Kresh has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.

Dear Right Moves,

I keep going back and forth about a print portfolio versus a laptop portfolio.  It’s so much less expensive to have a laptop portfolio – aren’t the days of the printed portfolios finally dead?

Digital Solutions, San Antonio, Texas

Dear Digital Solutions,

Are the days of the printed portfolios finally dead? No. Reports of their demise have been highly exaggerated.

Of course, have a curated portfolio on your laptop, but ideally, keep at least one updated print portfolio available for those clients who may ask to see how your images actually read in print. If you’re strapped for cash and just starting out, you can postpone the printed portfolio, but I don’t think a professional should ever place himself in the position of not having one or two printed portfolios for mailing/showing.

Back in the day photographers made 5 or 6 print portfolios, today, generally speaking, that’s overkill.  One or two print portfolios, of reasonable weight for shipping and size for lifting will work just fine.

Right Moves

To submit your advice questions to Right Moves, send an email to myrna@myrnak.com.

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