My fear.. My work..MY GOODNESS!!

My fear.. My work..MY GOODNESS!!

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. 🙂

18 Comments


  1. Clean or messy, natural light or dark moody, I just love your pictures. So happy for you. Hope your dream comes true. Thanks for the sharing the tips. Good weekend to you.

    • Pang

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Ratna. So sweet of you. xoxo


  2. Pang!!!! I’m so impressed, that’s such a huge step!! Also, your photography is just jaw-droppingly GORGEOUS, I always forget that you are relatively new to food photography AND self-taught! You’re amazing and can’t wait to see what happens next for you!! (And thanks for the amazing tips!)

    • Pang

      I’m so happy you like my photos, Erika. You are always so kind & sweet. Thank you so much. xoxo


  3. That is WONDERFUL!! I don’t know you but as I have been admiring your work for awhile now I can feel proud of you, right? Well done and may it lead to everything you want – and even some things you didn’t know you wanted but are life-enhancing in every way. All best to you and your blossoming career. We will see your work on magazine covers soon. I know it!

    • Pang

      What are you talking about, Kellie? Of course, you know me, and of course, I’m so happy you are proud of me. 🙂
      Thank you so much for all your blessing & your kind words. You are so sweet. xoxo


  4. You have done so well, and no doubt will enjoy continued success. Love the portfolio and enjoyed seeing your work again.

    • Pang

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Hilda. So happy you like my works. 🙂


  5. You know that I am a huge fan of your work Pang, so I am not surprised at all that you had great reviews!! I recently spoke to an amazing photographer friend of mine who has been in the business for 25 years. He used to shoot celebrity portraits for magazines such as Rolling Stone (some of which are just jaw dropping) and now works as a top wedding photographer here in the UK. He admitted he still feels nervous before a shoot and questions his work all the time. I think this is a common problem for most creatives, I don’t think it matters if you have been a photographer for only a short while or a lifetime. You have a beautiful portfolio showcasing your wonderful talent, Pang! <3

    • Pang

      Your comment really makes my day, actually my week, Lousie. Thank you SO MUCH for such kind words. And you know what, whenever I have doubt going forward, I’ll be back here reading your comment. 🙂
      XOXO


  6. Well done, Pang, for taking that courageous step and on those very positive responses and reviews of your portfolio!
    All the best to your further work, dear! We have a saying in my country “who’s afraid, shouldn’t go into the woods” – and you have just walked in, keep going, even firmer now! 🙂
    Truly lovely portfolio!

    • Pang

      Thank you so much, Miriam. Where were you when I was freaking out about this event weeks ago? hahaha
      I love your pep talk, and I promise, I will keep walking 🙂
      xoxo


  7. It is no suprize to me that they gave you a great review! Your work is absolutely stunning!!! Well, now I know what you were up to, lol! I’m in love with your portfolio and would love to know what theme you used for it! Keep up the great work and I look forward to your posts! xO

    • Pang

      We can meet up whenever you want, Steph, and I will answer every question. 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind comment, always. xoxo


  8. Wow! That’s wonderful though not at all surprising! How could you even think like that earlier Pang???!!. It’s also fantastic that there is a forum like that where photographers can benefit from. It certainly helps to get expert opinion. So excited for you and can’t wait to see you leap forward towards your aspirations. Lots of love!

    • Pang

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sonali; it means so much to me. So grateful to have the encouragement. xoxo


  9. How come I didn’t see this until now?!!? Wow! I, too, am not surprised that you have gotten great reviews. Congrats. I think your photos are amazing.
    I also thank you for sharing all this great info that we can all benefit from. 🙂
    Wishing you continuing success my friend.

    • Pang

      I’m always happy to share any info. with my fellows bloggers, Ice, you know that 🙂
      Thank you so much for such kind words, my lovely friend. xoxo

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