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#1 Deanna F

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 12:52 AM

I am looking for any advice on building a portfolio. I have read that you should keep your portfolio with the same type of pictures, i.e. all nature themes or wildlife themes, portrait theme, etc. But I wan more general guidelines if at all possible to go by and advice from experienced photographers who have created a portfolio for themselves. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks!

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:59 PM

Deanna, is it just a general portfolio, or for a specific purpose?
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (markgoldstein @ Apr 22 2008, 11:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Deanna, is it just a general portfolio, or for a specific purpose?




This is just more of a general portfolio since I am not specializing in any one certain area. I am trying to get started in shooting photos of local horse shows, outdoor portraits or family photos, pet photography, and considering different events, although at this point have no official events under my belt. Mainly the photos I have taken before are of my pets, horse and riders, nature (have some really nice waterfall shots from the upper pennisula of Michigan) and trying to get some good family shots of my family (although getting them all together and smiling for the camera is like pulling teeth since they HATE their photos taken, real supportive of me huh?) so I am not sure what I should put into a portfolio, or if I should specify it to one theme and just make a couple different ones? Thanks for any help!

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:14 PM

Keep in mind that you should probably have signed model releases for people and pets in your portfolio, even family members.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE (artfulpics @ Apr 24 2008, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keep in mind that you should probably have signed model releases for people and pets in your portfolio, even family members.

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Thank you for bringing that up. Is there any site where I can download a model release or a generic format that I can follow when writing up a model release?

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 01:21 PM

I think I got one by googling 'model release,' and was directed to the New York Institute of Photography (or something like that) website. I modified it for my purposes.

Here is a copy of the release I use:

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MODEL RELEASE FORM

In exchange for consideration received for photographs taken on: ____________________________________________, I hereby give permission to (insert photographer’s name) to use my name and photographic likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes. I furthermore give permission for my likeness to be altered for artistic purposes as defined by (insert photographer’s name). I understand that this release is for perpetuity, with no further consideration of remuneration. I understand that all photos taken during this session, and any artistic rendition using them, are the sole property of, and copyrights are held by, (insert photographer’s name).

Print Name: _________________________________________________________
Signature: ___________________________________________________________
Date: _______________________________________________________________

If the subject is a minor or disabled adult with a guardian:

I, __________________________________________________________, am the parent/legal guardian of the individual named above, I have read this release and approve of its terms.
Print Name: _____________________________________________________________
Signature: _______________________________________________________________
Date: ___________________________________________________________________
***

You're welcome to use it as you wish, since it's not copyrighted or anything. The site where I got it indicated that photographer's were free to use it. The part about artistic renditions was added by me, because that's what I'm all about with my web site. You've got to make these things fit your needs, and think about what you might do in the future.

I do not know whether a minor, having been signed over by his/her parent, can wrest control back from you once they stop being a minor.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for providing that form. I have a question, the "In exchange for consideration received for photographs taken on: " that to me says that you have paid them for the photographs, am I reading that correctly? I appreciate the help!




QUOTE (artfulpics @ Apr 25 2008, 09:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think I got one by googling 'model release,' and was directed to the New York Institute of Photography (or something like that) website. I modified it for my purposes.

Here is a copy of the release I use:

***
MODEL RELEASE FORM

In exchange for consideration received for photographs taken on: ____________________________________________, I hereby give permission to (insert photographer’s name) to use my name and photographic likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes. I furthermore give permission for my likeness to be altered for artistic purposes as defined by (insert photographer’s name). I understand that this release is for perpetuity, with no further consideration of remuneration. I understand that all photos taken during this session, and any artistic rendition using them, are the sole property of, and copyrights are held by, (insert photographer’s name).

Print Name: _________________________________________________________
Signature: ___________________________________________________________
Date: _______________________________________________________________

If the subject is a minor or disabled adult with a guardian:

I, __________________________________________________________, am the parent/legal guardian of the individual named above, I have read this release and approve of its terms.
Print Name: _____________________________________________________________
Signature: _______________________________________________________________
Date: ___________________________________________________________________
***

You're welcome to use it as you wish, since it's not copyrighted or anything. The site where I got it indicated that photographer's were free to use it. The part about artistic renditions was added by me, because that's what I'm all about with my web site. You've got to make these things fit your needs, and think about what you might do in the future.

I do not know whether a minor, having been signed over by his/her parent, can wrest control back from you once they stop being a minor.

Chris


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Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:45 PM

Consideration can mean many things, and sometimes it is payment, yes. The part I took out, that I use for my own purposes (purposes, ha! I've used it like twice), says something about not charging for photographer's services during initial shoot.

Somewhere I read that photographers should never use language that can be misconstrued as a contract if they don't want it to be a contract.

I do and think differently about almost everything, so why not this, too? See, I'm not out to make a buck here, I'm out to get raw material with which to create original artistic images. I seek no clients who want a million pics of little Johnnie, I just want a picture of somebody to manipulate into art. So I say, sign this release before I take a picture, and then if I develope art from the pictures I take, I'll publicly display them on my site, and you can choose to buy them if you want.

This approach has worked with one person and one person's pets. Good thing I'm not trying to make a normal pro photography business, huh? Anyway, this is okay for me for now. The future may change my attitude and my business approach, who knows.

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 06:20 PM

Dan Heller has just brought out an entire book about model releases!

http://www.danheller...el-release.html
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:53 PM

Hi Deanna,

It's probably a good idea to have different portfolios for different purposes. For example, if someone needs headshots, my landscape portfolio won't give them much of an idea if I'm the woman for the job. I'd do groups like portraits, families, children, adults etc and then build up a great set of images for each one.
Hope this helps and good luck.

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QUOTE (Deanna F @ Apr 11 2008, 01:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am looking for any advice on building a portfolio. I have read that you should keep your portfolio with the same type of pictures, i.e. all nature themes or wildlife themes, portrait theme, etc. But I wan more general guidelines if at all possible to go by and advice from experienced photographers who have created a portfolio for themselves. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks!

Deanna

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