The Permanent Portfolio Photo?

One of the cardinal rules I’ve always heard in the field of photography is to update your portfolio often – show fresh work to show you haven’t stagnated, and that your creativity is always expanding and changing with the styles and facets of the times.  On the flip side, I know of many photographers who quietly admit that they have a stable of “permanent portfolio shots” that they fall back on to use in promotion and marketing mechanisms if they haven’t had new projects that they want to promote.

Leave it to the Libra, but for me, I can see both perspectives and understand the pros and cons of each.  To those ends, I’ve not really made up my mind.  Sometimes I waffle one way, other times I go in the opposite direction.  It’s never good to stagnate, but I do think that some photography is timeless, and to that end, some photos are worth keeping in your portfolio.  I’ve got a few that I know will always be in mine, but others I rotate periodically.  Here’s one of my all-time favorites:


What do you do with your own portfolio?

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3 comments for “The Permanent Portfolio Photo?

  1. May 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I try to post something new every day, but with a full time job in the real world, it is almost impossible. If I can do two a week, I am happy. I think we need to be careful not to overproduce because it dilutes the value of our posts and readers get tired of too much from the same person.

    Just my thoughts.

  2. Anish Soekhan
    April 3, 2017 at 3:04 am

    It’s a good idea to change your portfolio photo once in a month. Especially as a photographer it’s really imporantant to do that.

  3. July 11, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Permanent Portfolio isn’t about trying to catch a wave. It’s about surrendering to the reality that you can’t predict the future — and still building up a nice nest egg, whatever the future brings. Set it and forget it.

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