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Right Moves: Portfolios And Interviews

Myrna Kresh



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,

Many of my friends and most of my teachers tell me to bring a portfolio to my job interviews with photographers.  Why should a working photographer be interested in what a graduating-into-the-workplace photographer has done? I don’t know, it’s kind of presumptuous to bring my portfolio and then show it to the person who may hire me. EXACTLY, why am I showing my book at interviews?

‘REALLY?,” Atlanta, Georgia.

Dear “REALLY?,”

It is a very good idea to bring your portfolio to an interview. The photographer who asks to see your portfolio is interested in seeing a piece of your soul. Your photographs and portfolio presentation give more insight into your thinking, your interests, your organizational abilities, and your attention to detail than anything you could say during the interview.

Even if your portfolio’s focus is location and the job you’re interviewing for is studio — the way you present the work will be a significant ‘tell’ to the photographer as to what your sensibilities would be as an assistant. 

First and foremost, your hire will be based on the photographer’s read of your attitude and your resume, but if your portfolio is a mess, you probably won’t get the job.

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

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