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Tony,

I second what reichmann said about melancholy and sadness in your work. it's also your B&W post-processing style where it looks like the shadows are closing in on the subjects of your photos. it lends itself to a sense of isolation.

I'd lose the color image; it doesn't fit w/ the rest of the images if you're going for consistency.

I would say a bride would be attracted to your images that likes traditional/timeless images with a sense of melancholy, nostalgia and old world romance --at least that's how the BW images feel.



Nov 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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jamesmorophoto wrote:
I think what people select as their favorites reveals a lot about what they value in their images. I wasn't going for pure consistency b/c it won't show the diversity of my work. There are consistencies in the images, but my 'voice' and message I like to get across is that my style and capabilities span multiple photography disciplines. There's a distinct way I like to use lighting, color, framing and post-processing but it depends on type of photo and client needs (some prefer PJ, other's like the editorial magazine look). I treat my clients like commercial clients insofar as
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The exercise (I think) was intended as first impressions. Therefore the images that I selected were not necessarily my favorites, but rather the prologue to a more diverse body of work. How do you engage your viewers and draw them in? I think that's the crux of this thread-- from Chuck: "if we posted SIX images in the order you would like them to appear in your portfolio [sic]"

I think we can all agree that our portfolio consists of our "favorites" -- but is there a way to convey a message and meaning to them by being strategic in the way in which they are presented? A musician who records an album will pay attention to the sequencing of the pieces on the album. They may open with their favorite song, or the one they feel is most important, or they may end with it. The sequence may change the way we feel as we listen to the next song after listening to one before it. Can this same principle be applied to photography portfolios? Should it?



Nov 14, 2013 at 09:56 PM
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A few thoughts..I hope they help!

joelconner (based on these 6 images): Expensive (especially first shot), focus on directed portraits, showcase environment, artificial light, younger brides, photographer-driven (client does not need to think of own ideas).

dhp_sf (based on these 6 images): Expensive, yellow(!), set up shots, creative use of light is important to you, serious>fun, romantic.

tonyhart (based on these 6 images): Storyteller, unobtrusive, timeless, might appeal most to older or more mature brides with less showy weddings, serious expressions, favors b&w, does not spend time on epic set up portraits.

heikoM (based on these 6 images): I'm having trouble deciphering 'your' signature approach. As a client I would struggle to visualize exactly what I would receive from you. A client may also suspect that you are in your first year of wedding shooting considering the same girl seems to be in 5 of 6 pictures. My favorite shot is that second one (on the beach), but it also has nothing to do with weddings/engagements and therefore may suggest you are a 'general' photographer more than a specialist.

mineymole (based on these 6 images): Expensive, strong identity as to who you are as a photographer, VSCO or similar, mature but fun, outdoor warm weather weddings, in the moment, natural light.



Nov 15, 2013 at 04:25 PM
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Thank you Chuck for starting these types of great threads and for everyone that is participating. Hard to pick 6, but here we go :

1
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/1.jpg

2
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/2.jpg

3
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/3.jpg

4
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/4.jpg

5
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/5.jpg

6
http://bartlettpairphotography.com/fm/speak/6.jpg

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Nov 15, 2013 at 04:40 PM
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thanks guys,

hm, 3 different brides... though three are from one bride. That is obviously too much.


heiko



Nov 15, 2013 at 04:58 PM
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Shooting from the hip with the first words that come to mind...

joelconner - posed, romantic, emotional, creative

DannyBostwick - technically sound, skilled with light, creative angles

mirrorrim - interactive, colorful, still working on finding a voice and understanding light

dhp_sf - romantic, great moments, beautiful lightning

heikoM - eye goes right to the subject, dynamic range, romantic, still finding a voice

mineymole - focused light, romantic, moment driven

jamesmorophoto - tight compostion, likes to fill the frame, still finding a voice

tonyhart - romantic, dark, moody, dynamic range, timeless

Bartlett Pair - fun, vibrant, romantic, fairy tale

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Nov 16, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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I decided to go with 6 all from the same wedding. These aren't necessarily my "best", but what I'd like to say as a wedding photographer...

1...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1129.jpg

2...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1717.jpg

3...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1916.jpg

4...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2217.jpg

5...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2811.jpg

6...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/426.jpg



Nov 16, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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dhp_sf wrote:
I think we can all agree that our portfolio consists of our "favorites" -- but is there a way to convey a message and meaning to them by being strategic in the way in which they are presented? A musician who records an album will pay attention to the sequencing of the pieces on the album. They may open with their favorite song, or the one they feel is most important, or they may end with it. The sequence may change the way we feel as we listen to the next song after listening to one before it. Can this
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I completely agree. At each wedding meeting I show a 60 photo slide show. Those photos aren't my "best" photos, but 60 photos that help convey who I am as a photographer. The slideshow guides them through a wedding day from start to finish.



Nov 16, 2013 at 02:23 AM
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Morby: you seem to have a leaning on the moment, but show that you have an eye to bring something creative to the table as well with the last shot. however, being familiar with some of your work here, I'd say you have stronger images that do a better job of communicating where your strengths lie. These are certainly not bad photographs or even weak ones, by any means. I just think you have more "defining" work that you could utilize.


Nov 18, 2013 at 06:50 AM
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dhp_sf wrote:
Morby: you seem to have a leaning on the moment, but show that you have an eye to bring something creative to the table as well with the last shot. however, being familiar with some of your work here, I'd say you have stronger images that do a better job of communicating where your strengths lie. These are certainly not bad photographs or even weak ones, by any means. I just think you have more "defining" work that you could utilize.


What this guy said. Your photos often speak to me, while this short set barely resembles the same voice that I associate with you.

If these show the voice that you associate with, then there is a disconnect somewhere.

Again, not bad, just unexpected.



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Morby: These seem like a somber set, everyone seems so serious


Nov 18, 2013 at 08:55 AM
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mineymole: emotional and happy imagery


Nov 18, 2013 at 09:09 AM
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joelconner: You strike me as a landscape artist in a wedding photographers body. Nice colorful imagery. If I were a bride I would be thinking about where my wedding would be and if it would live up to the scenes you show (in contrast to a focus on the couple).


Nov 18, 2013 at 09:12 AM
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DannyBostwick: I feel a disconnect in your choices, maybe its due to the positioning of the subjects popping from center to far right to upside down, b&w, color, its more like a random set than a cohesive vision.


Nov 18, 2013 at 09:14 AM
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mirrorrim: I had strong sense of focus on the couple in the first two, then you lost me with imagery from different viewpoints (the guys, the girls, the family etc).


Nov 18, 2013 at 09:16 AM
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I agree. I tried to go from one wedding to make it easier to choose, but picking from different weddings would have better conveyed my voice as a photographer.

Also, after having shot around 170 weddings it becomes impossible to choose just 6 photos.

dhp_sf wrote:
Morby: you seem to have a leaning on the moment, but show that you have an eye to bring something creative to the table as well with the last shot. however, being familiar with some of your work here, I'd say you have stronger images that do a better job of communicating where your strengths lie. These are certainly not bad photographs or even weak ones, by any means. I just think you have more "defining" work that you could utilize.




Nov 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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This is probably against the rules, but here is a redo using 6 images from 6 different weddings. This is a really hard exercise! If I spent more time I could probably hone it in, but there are too many images to pick from...

1...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1107.jpg

2...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2100.jpg

3...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/354.jpg

4...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/427.jpg

5...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/526.jpg

6...
http://morbyphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/627.jpg



Nov 18, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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@Mike:

I think this is much more "you." Dramatic, and story-telling. You know how to make people look good. You've got more of an artistic eye than a traditional one. I really like #3...her expression and the composition and the scene really set the mood for: "this is the start of a wonderful journey" -- I think it would be a much more powerful lead-in than the ring shot. The ring shot is nice, but it's a think; the rest of your images tell me you care a lot about the people.



Nov 18, 2013 at 08:48 PM
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Thanks! I think this is closer to what I want to say. They are all on my portfolio and images I'm proud of

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@Mike:

I think this is much more "you." Dramatic, and story-telling. You know how to make people look good. You've got more of an artistic eye than a traditional one. I really like #3...her expression and the composition and the scene really set the mood for: "this is the start of a wonderful journey" -- I think it would be a much more powerful lead-in than the ring shot. The ring shot is nice, but it's a think; the rest of your images tell me you care a lot about the people.




Nov 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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