Leading up to the launch of my new website I was spending quite a considerable amount of time deliberating over what images I should include in the new Portfolios: Male, Female & Commercial.
By coincidence, at the same time I was going through this ‘new build’ so too was fellow photographer and friend Rick Wenner, who is based out in New York. Clearly both keen participants in the ‘Social Networking’ world I noticed a question that Rick had posted up on Twitter asking if it was okay for photographs taken during a Workshop to then be used in a photographers’ portfolio. Needless to say a question like this raised quite a few responses; some for and some against.
I’ve attended (and continue to do so) many workshops around the world from Photographers such as Joe McNally, Zack Arias, David Ziser and Damien Lovegrove but have chosen not to include any of the photographs that I took at those workshops to appear in my portfolio. This decision is purely a personal one and by no means am I saying that to do so would be right or wrong but what do you think? … Would / Should you include photographs taken at a Workshop you attended in your Portfolio?
One of the reasons I’m interested to get your opinions on this topic is that in the near future I’ll be ‘going live’ with my ‘InSight Photography Workshops’ and the question of using photographs in portfolios is bound to crop up as it has done several times already during the testing phase.
I’d love to get to know your thoughts on this subject so why not leave a few words in the comments section below so others too can get an idea of the overall opinion. It would be great to see the views of ‘clients’ on this topic also and get to know what they think. What would a client think if they saw photographs of the same model, in the same attire on different photographers’ websites? Would it dissuade them from hiring those photographers or would it have no bearing on it at all?
Like I said my own decision has been not to include any photographs that I have taken at a Workshop in my portfolios but I’m going to ‘sit on the fence’ here and not say if I think it’s right or wrong.
Speak soon 🙂