Do artists still need a portfolio?
Recently, we entertained a group of photography students at the Fidelis studio. This is one of the things we like about our job, because we love to meet new people and enjoy the opportunity to be introduced to new artists and their work. Lots of great ideas were shared and we had the opportunity to answer lots of questions about fine art printmaking and self-publishing art.
A very good question about the need of a portfolio was presented, of which I replied “Absolutely!”. This led to a discussion about an online portfolio vs. the traditional printed portfolio (you’re thinking, “who uses a paper print portfolio anymore?”). Ultimately, we agreed that there is still a place for the printed portfolio and the online portfolio. We also agreed that a portfolio is most definitely needed for the lens-based artist, student and the serious amateur photographer.
This conversation was echoed in a recent article “Do I Need a Portfolio”, shared on G+ by the talented Stephan Bollinger. Stephen talked about why there is a need, outlining that a portfolio:
- helps to establish or discover your own style
- helps you focus on the subjects you love to photograph the most
- helps you to find the niche in which you feel most comfortable
- helps establish new goals, to create images that are even better than those in your current portfolio