PDF Edit: The Two Sides of Jeffrey Totaro

Jun 8, 2015
Consulting Case StudiesPhoto Editing
Morgan Kazanjian

Philadelphia photographer Jeffrey Totaro specializes in all things architecture. When he expressed interest in creating a PDF portfolio so that he could quickly send work over to potential clients, we decided creating one for his commercial architecture work and a second for his residential architecture work would be the best route.

Because Jeffrey is pretty diligent about adding content to his website, we opted to work only from what he was showing there, but that still left me with hundreds of photos to narrow down to around twenty for each PDF. Herein lies the challenge of creating a PDF portfolio – it’s surprisingly difficult to cull down a body of work to that few images when you’re working with a talented photographer who has an extensive body of work, like Jeffrey. You can see a couple of my selections below:


Jeffrey's Residential PDF cover.

An Image in Jeffrey's Commericial PDF.

I started with his commercial PDF, as that was the majority of what his work covered.  One of my favorite things about Jeffrey’s commercial architecture work is that’s he’s covered all grounds – interiors, exteriors, people, vacant – along with a variety of buildings. I wanted to make sure this was showcased in the PDF, so I chose a variety of images that touched on all of these different elements. From there it was a matter of picking out the strongest images and sequencing them. I looked at both color and content when organizing the images, as having anything too similar next to each other can get a little boring, but tying together images that were showing different spaces through color made for a visually dynamic collection of photos that flowed well. Check out his full Commercial PDF below. 


Click the image above to view Jeffrey's full commercial PDF.

I took this same approach to his residential PDF. There’s a great combination of interiors and exteriors in a variety of environments, so I focused on creating a variety of scale and framing, but consistency through color. Then we sent it over to one of our designers so they could add his custom branding and contact information to each page. The end result was a PDF that was both diverse and cohesive.

This is what Jeffrey had to say about the process:

In the past year I have been working with WM to expand my marketing efforts. Part of that process was to develop PDF portfolios to be used as follow-ups to phone calls or meetings, and to also send along as another form of presenting my work. My client base can be broken down into two categories, those working with residential projects and those working with commerical/institutional projects, so Morgan at WM came up with two different portfolios so each type of client could be addressed separately. It was a real benefit to me to work with a photo editor. Any artist will tell you editing your own work is neither easy nor recommended. Trusting in Morgan's selections was not difficult. She selected images that work well together and communicate my skills to the viewer. Samantha brought it all together with the graphic design elements. I look forward to further collaboration with the WM team!

You can see Jeffrey's full residential PDF by click the image below:

See the rest of Jeffrey's portfolio on his website, jeffreytotaro.com, and if you're looking for help to create your own PDF portfolios, give me a shout

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