Have you wondered where I was and what I have been doing while I was away? I have some ‘splainin’ to do, and today, I am going to do just that.
Some of you know I am a self-taught photographer, who haven’t been shooting that long. I created this blog in way to practice and to showcase my photos, but I had never actually talked to people in the industry before. Even though my photos have been sold through the stock agency, all these time, I chose not to contact any photo editor because I simply did NOT think that my portfolio was good enough. All these time, I thought I had a long way to go before I could even show my works to those, whom I want to work for/with. I swear I’m not being modest, but that’s just how I sincerely felt.
Because of that, I decided to seek the truth through ‘Portfolio Review’ organized by BlvdArtists—the event that put pre-selected photographers with professionals in the industry for a chance to have an one-on-one brief meeting. In this event, the professionals are called reviewers. So, this past week, I flew to New York to get 1-on-1 conversation with reviewers of my choosing; the reviewers are from advertising agencies, agents, photo editors etc. I showed them my portfolio, got their opinions, and finally, got their advices for my next step. What do you know? It turned out that my portfolio was pretty good, according to them. Nevertheless, it was a nerve-racking procedure for a semi-introvert like me. Now you know why I had to disappear from the blog, I had a lot of prepping to do, literally & psychologically.
All in all, I mostly got great reviews on my portfolio, which was so surprising to me, and valuable advices on how to take my next step toward being a professional food photographer. The trip was undoubtedly worth it, plus I got to visit Dominique Ansel Bakery for the famous cronut (croissant + donut) aka. ‘THE PASTRY to try before you die’ kind of thing. 🙂
Fun fact about this event is that most photographers showed up wearing black. I stepped in the studio wearing oh-so-j.crew-outfit, aka. bright color & polka dot, and I thought ‘sh*t, did I miss the email about dress codes!!!?????’
If you plan to attend their next portfolio review, let me give you some tips. Of course, I learnt all these tips at the event; the mistakes I made, so you won’t.
- you can show your portfolio via iPad, like me, but it’s better to do a book. The book implies you are serious about your work.
- When you have a free time in between reviewers, don’t leave & come back. Stick around in the studio; most likely, you will get a free review out of it.
- A few days before the review, you will receive a list of reviewers to choose from. Google them all before selecting them. There will be some cancellation during the event, by knowing about reviewers ahead of time, you can easily choose a replacement that related to your work.
- Your time with the reviewer is limited, so be precise (& polite) about what you want out of the meeting.
- Bring EXTRA promo cards to distribute to reviewers as well as your fellow photographers. I used the photo that I got 3rd place from the Pink Lady Food Photography in the U.K. as my promo cards, so I had a chance to tell them about the award.
- Try to connect with photographers at the event. Looking at other people’s portfolio gave me inspiration, plus you never know they might have some connection that you need, and vice versa. Helping your fellow photographers is a good karma. 🙂
Now you know my dilemma. Blogging will resume shortly. Until then, have a fantastic day.
P.S. As you can see, there is no photo in this post. It’s a trick for you to check out my portfolio instead. 🙂