Most aspiring models are shocked by the price of a professional portfolio with figures reaching much higher than their budget. However, to create an impressive resource that will showcase your talent is not worth scrimping on. The photographs need to be of a high standard to ensure that your evidence of work is professional. An amateur selection of photographs will not suffice in a fiercely competitive arena.
When first receiving the quote do not immediately shut the company down. Carry out research and find a good selection of prices to gauge the market. Some will be massively out of your budget, others will be suspiciously low and some will be manageable. Research into the company also as there may be reasons for the cost. Do not just pick the lowest price as there will be an obvious reason why. Evaluate the figure and weigh up what is the best value for money. Remember your portfolio represents you as a model and requires to be to a high standard.
Factors to consider
During the analysis think why the cost of the photographs seem quite high. Don’t forget the price of the studio, bills, make-up artist, stylist, photographer, staff – the list continues. If you were to set up a professional shoot alone the amount to hire all of the facilities will be pretty pricey – probably unaffordable without the guarantee of success. With companies that specialise in portfolio images you can look at their previous work, testimonials and declarations. This way you will know exactly what you are getting.
In some ways, online portfolios seem much cheaper than printed versions. The images are digital and therefore, can be sent to agencies and uploaded free on charge. Once you have paid for the privilege you do not have to pay for numerous prints. It is easy to update new photographs without a charge and rearrange the format without reaching for your bank card. Although, printed versions do have their benefits, they do become much more costly. Each time you wish to update your portfolio a printing cost is required. As you pick up more work and experience it is important to edit the resource and include the new shots. A costly fee for printed portfolios that doesn’t exist online.
Save. Save. Save
Wait until you have the correct amount of money to create your portfolio. Do not rush into a decision that will affect the success of your career. Save enough money to give you the best shot at creating an amazing portfolio that you are proud of. Settling for a mediocre version will only leave you wishing you had waited a little longer. Come up with a strategy that allows for you to save enough money to choose the company that suits your needs. It is important to be dedicated and committed to building a high quality portfolio that represents you clearly.
What are your thoughts on the cost of portfolios? How did you save to pay for yours? Let us know in the comments box below.