How to Build a Glamour Photography Portfolio

Joe Farace Photography

Guest Post by Joe Farace

Joe Farace Photography

There’s in one inescapable reality of glamour photography: You need a portfolio to attract models but you also you need models to build that portfolio.  Just as you will determine a potential model’s talent by reviewing her portfolio, she will want to evaluate your talent by reviewing yours. Once you begin shooting glamour photographs, you should also start assembling a portfolio containing your best images.

A portfolio is important because it will show potential clients or models your photographic style and level of technical competence. It also demonstrates the type of photographs you enjoy making and gives people a chance to assess your ability to communicate through those images. If a model is interested in working with you and is shown a dozen beautiful images that are neatly and professionally presented, she is going to be excited about posing for you.

The most important factor to keep in mind when preparing your portfolio is that quality is more important than quantity. You don’t need to show stacks of tear sheets or dozens of fantastic images. Most beginning glamour photographers won’t be able to do that anyway and showing a dozen well-composed and nicely lit photographs is better than displaying fifty images of lesser quality. Later, when you are more experienced and successful, you may be choose to use a combination of tear sheets and prints in your portfolio.

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LDP Podcast: #67 Standing Out in a Crowd


The latest episode of the Learning Digital Photography podcast is now ready for your listening enjoyment.  This month we talk with Dave Seeram, editor of the popular online magazine, PhotographyBB about what he (and most editors) look for both in photographs and in written work (for you photo journalists) before going to press.  It’s a great show and there’s lots of useful information there, so download and enjoy episode #67 of the Learning Digital Photography Podcast today!

In other blog and podcast news, after the absence of a contest for February, we’re back and ready for photos in March.  Joe Farace, writer of a popular column in Shutterbug magazine, and fellow Coloradan gives away not one but two copies of his Studio Lighting Anywhere book.  Standard contest rules apply.  Here’s the particulars:

1. One photo per person
2. Must be work-safe/family-friendly
3. Posted to this Flickr thread
4. Largest side must be no more than 800px or less than 600px (this is only so that the winning image can be displayed well…)
5. Taken within the last 60 days (preferably during the contest window)
6. Images must be done by Saturday, March 31st.
7. Theme is  PEOPLE
8. And most importantly, have fun!

Click here or the contest link at the top of the page to submit your image today!  Good luck to all and thanks to Joe for sharing two of his books to the contest winners (yes, plural!)