On the heels of a very successful web edit, Stephen DeVries—a food/drink, travel and lifestyle photographer based in Birmingham, Alabama—and I continued working together on a print portfolio. Stephen already had one book with custom binding for his own marketing, but wanted us to have an in-house copy to take to meetings. He contacted portfolio designer Scott Mullenberg to create a new binding to match the one he already had, and I got to work on a new edit.
Like his web edit, I selected Stephen’s freshest and most relevant food and travel images. But unlike his online portfolio, which mostly keeps his food and travel images separate, I chose to integrate the two facets of his work to show how they come together to make a cohesive brand.
Stephen handled the production of the book himself, working with Hosmer Studio in Birmingham. They did a terrific job creating beautiful double-sided prints for his new binding.
Stephen presented his work at NYCFotoworks, where it was very well received. Here’s more from Stephen about creating his new portfolio:
Selecting and sequencing images for your portfolio can be an incredibly daunting task. I know that I personally struggle to sort through all of the work I make and pick the best of the best to show, so I often end up selecting way too many images or just getting stuck and putting the task off. Working with Sean on my edit the past couple of years has been amazing; he’s got a great eye and helps me make the tough decisions of which images to cut. It’s important to have an outside perspective on your work and Sean’s has always been a really great perspective to add. I really enjoy the collaborative way that Sean works to accommodate my selections into the edit he prepares as well—I’m still very involved in the process, but with a lot of help from someone who’s not personally attached to the images and can see beyond the great light or beautiful composition (that I often get stuck on as the photographer who made the image) to the core of what story I’m telling with my portfolio and how prospective clients will view it.
Check out the finished book below: