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Jagadeesh Andrew Owens

Odd Sizes in Portfolio?

Hey guys.. I am presenting my portfolio next week and this will be the first time. I'm having to go through my work now and decide what I want to put in it. My question is about the odd sized photo (not 5x7, 8x10, other traditional sizes)...How do you include these in the portfolio? I have a few 5x5, 6x9, and some 4x8. Do I print these on the next largest traditional size paper giving it a HUGE white border? I don't like the idea of that, for some reason, but I also don't like the idea of a photo not filling the page it's supposed to be in. Also, is a portfolio sized 5x7 acceptable to present?

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8/9/2006 7:59:07 AM

Tami Rook
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/26/2006
Funny meeting you here, LOL I have been putting together a portfolio also. It is interesting that you can not find any info on the net about the rough guidelines on how to.
I have meet with quite a few artists (all in different areas of art) and I can share what they have told me.

1)keep the pages the same color (black is the best when using photos)

I can lol on this because a lot of them told me this and then 1 designer looked at my portfolio and said to change the page colors to heighten the colors in the photo on that page ( I personally did not change the page colors mine are black)

2)when you open the book make sure that the 2 pages showing have the same size photos

3)lay out is everything, every photo has a natural direction to it, make sure that direction is leading your eye to the center of the page. (on a two page spread)

4)mat your work

I have to say I put my B&W in and they were ok, however when I put them in with a 1/8th inch matt they bounced out of the book at you, grabbed your whole face and said look at me.
In short (LOL this was not too short) you can put your odd shapes in if you have odd shapes on the other page as well.

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8/9/2006 9:33:12 AM

Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks Tami!

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8/9/2006 9:34:56 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  Out of curriosity, how many pieces are you including in your portfolios?

As a graphic designer I've been told to include about 12-20 pieces ... but I don't know about my photography portfolio. I'd like to build a portfolio dedicated to photography only for other occasions.

So yeah, how many pieces are you including?

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8/9/2006 12:34:16 PM

Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Between 15 and 20. I'm trying to do 4 shots of four series, and then four "miscellaneous".

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8/9/2006 12:36:01 PM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I look at portfolios pretty often. If you mounting the photos on black paper background then make sure you have a 1/4 inch white border around each photo. I use the sticky corners to hold my photos in instead of the plastic cover because sometimes people will want to hold a photo and check it out. I hate it when they take it out but if I'm gonna get a paying gig then so be it.
The portfolio needs to flow like a good book. I have swim suits, lingerie and other photos in a separate book so if they're gonna be inappropriate I leave them in the briefcase.

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8/9/2006 1:31:02 PM

Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks, Oliver... but should I make a separate portfolio for the few very odd sized ones I have? Everything I've researched says put themes together, and sizes together. So if I have a book full of 8x10, should I stick three or four "off" sizes in with them at the end?

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8/9/2006 1:56:22 PM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I would put the odd size photos at the end. The women I photograph have odd size photos at the back of their portfolios. Remember tear sheets and magazing photos aren't all the same size. One of my friends carries 4 different books with her and I've just talked to her through AIM and she said to make sure it flows theme wise and put the same size photos on the pages that open up. She said to put the odd size photos at the end of the standard sizes so the photos are all together theme wise. She's seen girls that have great photos but their portfolios look like a collage (sp?) and she says it's difficult for the eyes to pick out great photos.

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8/9/2006 2:07:15 PM

Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  and make your last photo WANT TO BEG FOR THEM TO ASK FOR MORE!!!!!

or at least reach for a cigarette!!!! lol

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8/9/2006 8:19:30 PM

Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks for going to the trouble, Oliver. Great advice. Debbie, you are too much! I'll be sure to put a real zinger at the end!

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8/10/2006 5:20:14 AM

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