One of the cardinal rules I’ve always heard in the field of photography is to update your portfolio often – show fresh work to show you haven’t stagnated, and that your creativity is always expanding and changing with the styles and facets of the times.  On the flip side, I know of many photographers who quietly admit that they have a stable of “permanent portfolio shots” that they fall back on to use in promotion and marketing mechanisms if they haven’t had new projects that they want to promote.

Leave it to the Libra, but for me, I can see both perspectives and understand the pros and cons of each.  To those ends, I’ve not really made up my mind.  Sometimes I waffle one way, other times I go in the opposite direction.  It’s never good to stagnate, but I do think that some photography is timeless, and to that end, some photos are worth keeping in your portfolio.  I’ve got a few that I know will always be in mine, but others I rotate periodically.  Here’s one of my all-time favorites:

American Eagle


What do you do with your own portfolio?

One thought on “The Permanent Portfolio Photo?

  1. I try to post something new every day, but with a full time job in the real world, it is almost impossible. If I can do two a week, I am happy. I think we need to be careful not to overproduce because it dilutes the value of our posts and readers get tired of too much from the same person.

    Just my thoughts.

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