To me one of the most important things to work on as a photographer is to diversify your portfolio. You will always have your favourite genres and niches and i believe its really important to follow and focus on those because often the true artist in you lays there. It is equally as important to have a well rounded portfolio that showcases your ability to be a diverse professional. If you want to work with a wide variety of people you’ll have to understand how to photograph and work with different kinds of people, subjects and landscapes. This helps you have better stock photos, can lead to more work with different kinds people and companies. It also keeps you learning and inspired and keeps things fun. I will always have my favourite things to photograph but I am a professional and need to be prepared to take on any job I am hired to do.
Here are my Top 5 tips for diversifying your portfolio
- Get really passionate about your subjects – If you have purpose behind your photos it will always been inspiring.
- Pick a new subject – Find a subject to shoot every month that is different than the month before.
- Pick themes – Find a common theme and take photos that apply to the theme. i.e. Green Ferns.
- Always shoot with Stock photos in mind – Take photos that can be used to help you sell stock photos online.
- Shoot more than you think – True professional photographers photograph a lot of hours in the field, me personally up to 20 hours a week.
This last year I focused a lot deeper on fly fishing photography and wanted to make sure I really learned to capture all aspects of fly fishing. As a true freelance photographer at heart I love to really get involved deep in new subjects. This way I can get more photos, learn more and have professional quality images to be used in editorial work and magazines. Fly fishing photos are very marketable and enjoyable to take, its a deep passion loved by many men and women around the world. When it comes to genres always following your heart as an artist and find the balance of being a good business man so you can do your passion and make good income so you can continue to do what you love to do. The more I blend these the better my soul feels about my work.
Here are some one my favourite photos from the last year of documenting fly fishing. Please note they are scared down for the blog post but I assure they are all top quality files. If you or any would like any of these photos or want photos of you fly fishing please contact me through my website and I would love to take photos of your special time out in nature fishing.
Thanks everyone for the support. I feel so thankful to be able to do what I love and use my art in an intentional way. The recent success of the website feels good and I am going to need more support to get it the place I truly want to be.