Friday, February 12, 2010

My Fashion portfolio as of feb 2010


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

If you don’t have a love-hate relationship with your portfolio (or body of work) you are probably not a photographer (or artist). This post is about portfolios but it’s more of a personal post than general, I will however try to round up some of the best advice I have received and online sources for advice regarding portfolios for a later blog post.

As I stated in my very first blog post I started this blog not only to share the results of my ongoing projects or the tricks I use in Photoshop etc. I also want to share my struggle (and hopefully my progress) in building some sort of a career as a fashion and conceptual portrait photographer.

Click the “read the full post” link to see all the images I use in my printed portfolio, some of my thoughts about it and the critique I received when I showed it to the fashion director of one of the major (i.e internationally recognized) Swedish fashion magazines.

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

I have yet to do a real gig for a fashion magazine and even though there’s not any real money in editorial fashion work it’s a measure of how commercially valuable you are. It’s also a good way to be seen by industry people. So as an aspiring fashion photographer getting published is a major and obvious goal.

To my experience getting noticed by an art director or art buyer is an art in itself, but to get booked is all about the portfolio. My feelings towards my portfolio changes every day, but those feelings are always very passionately, I either hate it or love it.
My sad and bitter truth is that, in order to improve as an artist, you have to hate your work more than you love it. If you can’t find annoying things to improve you won’t improve. Another equally important truth is that your technical skill is a very very tiny part of what’s possible to improve.

A big problem when you hate your portfolio, or body of work in general, more than you love it is that you will naturally feel very reluctant to showing it to anyone. I have only showed my printed portfolio once and I don’t want to give out the name of the person or magazine in question, as I didn’t ask if I could share the comments I received.

A summary of the feedback I received: The pictures were well worked through; I had done my technical homework. But, some of the images didn’t show professional “fashion looking” models or styling and that brought down the overall impression. It was to polished or commercial looking, giving a rather shallow and unmeaning feeling, which doesn’t fit an editorial portfolio.

All I can say is that I found it to be very true and since that interview I’ve had 2 portfolio photo shoots and changed around in my selection and below you can se the images I have in my printed portfolio today. It still needs a significant bump in quality and I have big plans with many portfolio projects this spring and so far it looks very good. Stay tuned via RSS, Facebook or Twitter if you want to tag along.
Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


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