One thing every photographer should have, and should update regularly is a portfolio. A collection of the very best of their photos.
I keep two portfolios, and extended one and a condensed one.
You can see the extended one here. It groups my work into the different categories I work in, and showcases the best examples in each category.
The condensed portfolio is shown below. I keep it limited to 12 photos, even though I have more I’d like to include, because I want to force myself to make the critical assessments, and keep my standards high.
Ewa asked me to capture her amazing henna tattoo before it faded. I’d met Ewa a few months previously. She was one of the models for a shoot i did with another photographer, Marcos Gali and we’d been looking for a good reason to do another shoot ever since.
I love this quote from David Hobby (aka Strobist). I like to think of it rephrased and focused on helping people. I think of it as “How can I help my friends? What can I do that they can’t do, that will make things better for them?”
David talks about “Manufactured Opportunities”. A project that you initiate, that you create. One where you take your skills and use them to give someone else something that they can’t give themselves. The rest of his Ecosystems 101 explains how that’s beneficial to you too.