Do you have a book/portfolio?

 
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Jack English
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Do you have a book/portfolio? Reply with quote

I received an email today for my wedding photography services, and they asked if we could meet and I show them my book. I told them I do not have a book. (yes, they have been to my site and like my work)..

Your take on having a book or not?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:57 am    Post subject: Re: Do you have a book/portfolio? Reply with quote

I used to do way more weddings than I do now, but to answer your question, YES. Wedding clients want to see a wedding album. After all that is the goal for them, this is what they hire you for. Not one image or a collection of random images. They want to see how you can create their album (their own story), so they can fight for it when in three years they file for divorce.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for wedding yep you need printed stuff to show, I throw down a book of greatest hits and a couple complete album at each wedding meeting. For commercial my book hardly ever leaves my place any more, it's all the web for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a print book for every kind of service you offer. If you do weddings, you should have several sample wedding books to show; if you want ad work, must have a book targeted for that; editorial, a book for that; etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't shoot weddings, so I really don't know about that field. As far as advertising, I have a book. I've been using Linkedin to make connections, and I add these people to my email blasts, and with the local people, I add a message saying I'd like to call and set up an appointment to meet them and show them my book. This gives me an opportunity to actually meet with potential clients and hopefully strike up a rapport with them.

I make sure that at least 60% of what's in my book is NOT on my website. This gives them a chance to see something new and fresh.

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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think, yes , you have to have a book for wedding photography. I mean what else you are going to bring when you meet with prospective client.

I am food photographer and I always bring my book to a meeting with clients. These days most of the people rely on online portfolio only, but it is totally different when the client see 12x12" printed hard cover book, it just gives weight to your work.
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