I have recently been in contact with commercial photographer Richard Kelly, and asked him to look at my portfolio. Richard is a London based Photographer and started up freelance in 2004 .He specialises in Fashion, Portrait and Advertising. His variety of work was the reason why I approached him as I also produce a varied body of work.
I was very privileged to have Richard take the time to review my online portfolio. To direct the review I gave him a couple of questions to consider:
1) picking two images from the portfolio what strengths and weaknesses about the work could you comment on.
2) looking at the portfolio as a collective, does this work together or should the work be separated into different sections and why?
3) What advice would you give a graduating photographer like myself as they leave uni.
Here is what Richard had to say about my portfolio:
I had a look at your website and there’s some really strong impressive commercial work on there.
The two images I’d choose are
You obviously are most at home shooting studio still life and your work shows a broad range of styles and techniques.
In regards to your website I would suggest going straight to your work after clicking the welcome page. At the mo it takes your to a contact page and in my experience clients really don’t spend that long looking at photographers websites and you have to go through 2 pages just to get a chance to see your portfolio. Does that make sense?
I don’t think your work needs splitting up necessarily. It might be an idea further down the line to have an advertising or commissioned section but at the moment it’s good to see all your work on the one page plus the slide show on your homepage. I have sections on my website but thats’s only because I have different work that needs the sections.
My advice to you would be try and assist at a still life studio such as Photolink in Manchester or The Production Factory. You can tell that you’re already at the stage where you can undertake a shoot on your own but you really do learn a lot from working with other photographers and seeing how they work with clients. I assisted for 4 years during and just after Uni and it’s surprising how many students bypass this now and want to go straight into shooting. Even if you assisted one day a week freelance alongside doing your own work it’s really handy seeing other photographers dealing with clients (especially on huge big budget advertising jobs). I worked with a celebrity photographer and also a fashion photographer that taught me about personal skills with clients in a week that 3 years at uni.
I hope that helps and if you need any more advice just let me know.
Again I would like to say a huge thanks to Richard Kelly for taking the time to do this review...
Make sure that you have a look at his work at: www.rkellyphoto.com