I’ve been doing a lot portfolio stuff lately and this latest installment is the pièce de résistance. I’ve been building portfolio books for over 9 years now and this one, by far, is the best one I’ve ever made. It’s a complete package with a beautiful handmade case by Hinged Strung Stitched, laser etched bamboo cover by Pina Zangaro, and little leave behind promo pocket in the case as well. The pages are 11×14 landscape and I’m using Moab Double Sided Lasal Matte pages that are prescored and drilled just to fit my book. Printing was done on a Canon Pro9500 Mark II. And finally, the wonderful Suzanee Sease helped me create the spread layouts.
I have to give a little shout out to Molly and Michelle of Hinged Strung Stitched here. Not only did they custom build my case for me, but they also create many of the products my wife offers to her wedding clients. Lauren also did a really excellent lifestyle shoot with the two of them in action and goofing around.
Here are some more photos and details about my new portfolio.
I went with bamboo and cloth for my book/case combo because so much of my work has that natural kind of feel to it. I didn’t think leather, plastic, or steel really fit with how I shoot. But, my work is also very clean and composed. The simple design of the book and case mimic that perfectly.
Laser etching my logo turned out way better than I thought. I contemplated screen printing, but my logo is just black and grey. It would have looked dull on the cover. The relief in the wood creates a really nice lighting effect, subtle but noticeable. This compliments how I shoot with natural light.
For years, I was stuck with single sided paper and doing only one spread per page. I could have used acetate sheet protectors to hold my photos and do full spreads, but because the feel of the paper is so important to me, I just went one sided. Finally Moab came out with a really beautiful and thick double sided paper that works. Most double sided paper is too thin and you see the back photo on the white areas of the page. The Lasal Matte doesn’t do that. And it’s prescored and drilled to fit my book. Double bonus!
It’s the little things that matter. Every good portfolio presentation I’ve seen has some sort holder for leave behind promos. Molly’s idea to put a little off center window in the holder was brilliant. I love the effect and how it frames the promo almost like a web thumbnail.
Now I’m ready for some portfolio showings! Please contact me if you’d like to see the real thing in person.