Laser Etched Pina Zangaro Camden Case

Podcast 330 : Creating a Photography Portfolio

I recently bought a Pina Zangaro portfolio case, and put together a physical portfolio of some of my work, to take to clients to discuss using my images in their magazines. A portfolio is also useful to present your work to potential clients to win assignments, and most printed media...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Antony
    Posted at 01:36h, 16 April Reply

    Great post Martin.
    Just wondering have you considered a square format portfolio? That way portrait and landscape are equally well represented.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:38h, 16 April Reply

      Hi Antony,

      I have considered square, and am thinking that when I order a Machina book style portfolio, I may well do that.

      For the large portfolio, the reason for this size is because I can use ready cut sheet paper, which is easier than having to cut each piece myself after printing. There are certainly benefits to square though, as you say.


  • Roy O'Rear
    Posted at 06:56h, 15 July Reply


    As I was listening to the podcast and thinking about best practices, I had a couple questions about the physical portfolio. If you mount the prints, how? If not, what do you use to keep them flat?

    I’ve been listening for a few months now and have gleaned some great information. Enjoy your guest host spots on This Week in Photo as well.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:58h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks for listening Roy! I’m pleased you’ve been picking up some tips.

      I don’t mount the prints in the portfolio, as that would greatly reduce the number of prints I could keep inside.

      This paper is so thick at around 350gsm, so I don’t feel the need to strengthen it any more for presentation. It lies flat no problem.


  • Patricia Davidson
    Posted at 03:41h, 08 August Reply

    Great post and podcast Martin! I have been thinking about doing this and it was great to find it in your archives. Sorry I missed it earlier 🙂

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:36h, 10 August Reply

      No problem Patricia. I’m pleased this was useful. 🙂

      Thanks for listening!


  • Hil Anderson
    Posted at 10:56h, 28 August Reply


    First of all, thanks for sharing all that you do.

    I am printing my own portfolio now and I have a few follow up questions for you.

    I really like the borders you left on the prints as that will make handling them so much easier. But I was wondering if you used a consistent image size on each print or to what degree you allowed for variability. Also, based on the photos above, it looks to me like about an inch and a half border and I was wondering if you have found that sufficient as you have used your portfolio.

    Thanks a lot!

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