Making a portfolio does not have to be a long stressful ordeal. It can be a do it for fun once in a while whenever you have time thing. When I was working as a waitress for Janya Thai Delight I created my portfolio bit by bit. I started with taking photos of flowers from the floral company next door called Tehama Floral Company. I bought flowers and I set them up outside and took pictures of them. They were mostly close up pictures. Then I collaged quotes onto my flower photos. Then I created movies about the quotes. Then I added some of my Janya Thai Delight work and New Fortune work into my portfolio and now viola I have a cool portfolio to show my future employers. The key part to creating this portfolio was not being stressed out because I worked on it over time and not all in one week.
I just added to my portfolio whenever I could and now I have a lot of things I can show people if I were to apply for photography jobs or graphic design jobs. The first thing that I focused on was just creating things that I was good at because I have such a wide range of talent and because I went to school initially for photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and then I switched to visual media which is part photo, graphic design, and management. Then I did a media design master of fine arts program at Full Sail University. Media Design trained me in graphic design, specifically rebranding a company. I learned how to research a company, communicate with clients, and team dynamics. I created a rebranding book for Jembetat Café and Gallery. I created logos, taglines, website wireframe, magazine ad campaign, video ad campaign, and much more. Then also I took up Education Media Design and Technology with Full Sail again. Education Media Design and Technology taught me teaching pedagogies and how to best design a lesson plan for classes. I created video tutorials and blogs with tutorials. I also created an action research that taught my students how to use Facebook, Youtube, and WordPress.
Taking pictures of flowers was a simple process. I took photos of flowers and then I edited them and then I posted them on my blog and then I created Ciao Means Hello Art Gallery on Facebook where I have been trying to sell prints of my flower photographs. I also decided to find a quote online daily and then post it on my Facebook and then I created a live video using Facebook about the quote. I interpreted the quote and explained how the quote pertained to my life and I also talked about my past experiences.
When I was in high school I had collected quotes and I also had friends who collected quotes and we often talked about quotes and analyzed them that is why I created the quotes videos. When I was in middle school actually I asked for Bartlett’s book of quotations for Christmas because I needed it for school, but also so I could look through quotes. Although I did not get deep into collecting quotes until high school. I had a friend in high school who always talked about the quote, “This too shall pass.” And often times when I had a challenging class or sports practice I would think this too shall pass. I was very thankful for her for teaching me that quote and so I thought why not get my favorite quotes out there to the masses and see if my videos could be of interest as well as helpful to my audience.
After I created the quote videos on Facebook, I recorded the audio of the video. I then transcribed the audio. Then I rewrote what I transcribed into something that flowed better. Then I decided to create a script out of the rewritten transcription. Then I gathered up some photos to go along with the script and I made a little short movie on iMovie and then voila I had cool short movies. I also decided to create my own quote photos later on. I took my photos into Adobe Illustrator and put the quote text on top. I got to create cool photos with quotes portfolio out of those so that was fun.
After having created things I was good at I also decided to do things I have not done lately, but I used to be good at. One of those is creating logos. I scanned in my old stationery and business card portfolios with logos I had created. Recently, I decided to recreate the logos. I have here Blue Heron Publications and Pauline Reese. I also recreated the stationery and business cards.
The next thing I am going to do that I was good at is designing a layout for a website. I am not going to create it just yet using Dreamweaver, but I will create a plan for my own portfolio website. I have just written out the details in my sketchbook and I will create wireframes for them and much more soon. In a few months or so when I have time I will work with Dreamweaver with getting a working website.
I would also like to do some things with Flash because I have used Flash before to create little animations, but right now Flash does not work on my computer. Maybe I need a new version of Flash. I will figure that out in the next few months.
I would also like to create better typography portfolio and work closely with text. I would like to also explore creating a grid layout portfolio and much more.
The next step for me as far as creating a portfolio is trying stuff that I have not done before and I would like to see how it goes. I want to try basic coding and then also working with Adobe After Effects.
Creating a portfolio does not have to be hard or burdensome. Just try to work on it bit by bit. First focus on creating things that you are good at. Then focus on creating things you used to be good at. Then focus on creating something more challenging and explore things you have not done before. That is it for my video. Thanks for watching.