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Sally chats with Momento Pro

– posted by Sally

In 2017, do agencies respond more to printed or digital portfolios? OR What are the benefits of a printed folio in 2017?

Every day we are looking at iPhones, computers or iPad screens all the time, it gets too much.

To walk into a meeting and show a beautifully printed folio on great stock is second to none.

So many people forget that our industry is about communication. It’s about meeting people. It’s not just all about social media and online folios. A printed portfolio is a fantastic reason to get out and meet people, connect and wow them.

Your top tip for selecting images to included in your portfolio? personal projects? what if you're multi-genre?

I’ve been working with photographers and editing images for their folios for over 15 years now. Each photographer is unique and I treat each one individually.

What you must remember is that the only point of difference you have in most circumstances is you!. Your personality must shine through in your folio.

Potential clients want to see what makes you tick, what you can offer them and what you are able to bring to the table, so personal work is a must.

Campaigns and commercial jobs are based on other peoples ideas and they play an important role in convincing a client you can successfully do a job, but that’s where websites come in to it, show that work on there.

Take people on a journey with your printed folio and tell stories. COMMUNICATE and make it special.


Sally Brownbill


Assisting Photographers

– posted by Rachelle

Once you get into industry and start assisting, the learning curve starts all over again and this time it is steeper. You now have real clients and $$$ hovering over you. You need to learn on the run, deal with finding resources, difficult clients, and politics.
You need to know how to manage your time, your finances and marketing. Learning and observing as an assistant is a fast track to all of this. Ask questions and lots of them!!

We are in one of the most exciting industries you can imagine, working as an assistant takes all of the knowledge you learnt at university or college and puts it into a practical environment. How wonderful!!

Here is an assistant on TBE Emma Stryder who we asked a few questions on this very subject. Your thoughts Emma??

ASSISTING: the other side of Graduation.

• Think of assisting as character building, no kit is too heavy, no start time too early. Think of your photographer as Mr. Miyagi, they've earned their stripes, now it's time to for you to wax on, wax off.
• Everyone likes their gear packed a certain way. Each way is different, that is for certain.
• Bring gaffa tape, bulldogs clips, etc, the kind of thing you might need quickly on a shoot but you left it in St Louis.
• Be adaptable, some photographers want your input, some don't. But be sure to wait until your asked for it, no one likes a back seat driver!
• Don't answer your phone, or get blogging on set, it's sure to be the one moment you're needed -pronto!
• Be a sponge, or better yet, a mop. Soak up the experience but make sure you're standing up ready to be useful

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