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While it is great to know that your most precious moments are safe, if you’re building a portfolio online, you probably don’t want to include everything. Obviously, you know not to add in all of the fun pictures you took at the beach when you’re applying for college or for a job, but there are other ways that sharing too much in an online portfolio can cause problems. In this blog, we’ll discuss why throwing everything and the kitchen sink into a portfolio isn’t helpful as well as offering some tips about some digital portfolio must-have items.

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Tailor Your Digital Portfolio to Your Audience

As we mentioned above, you already know the difference between your private life and your public life so we won’t cover that here. Instead, we are going to focus on understanding what will make your portfolio online a powerful presence in the minds of the interviewer.

First, if you know what the school or business is looking for, show them that you understand that by including items that speak directly to how you will meet their needs. If you are trying to get into a commercial photography program, include photos you’ve taken that have been used as a part of an advertisement or as product photography. Gorgeous landscape shots might look great but they aren’t appropriate if you’re trying to help someone sell sweaters or coffee. When you know that the instructors in a program prefer to see a balance between portraiture, landscapes, commercial photography, and art, don’t overfill your digital portfolio with nothing but portraits. By only including the things they have asked for, you’re proving that you know how to listen.

Second, only include your best work. Most people, unless they specifically say so, aren’t interested in seeing the growth of your skills. To use photography as an example again, don’t include product photography that doesn’t look good just so you can show how much better you’ve gotten over time. Business owners and admissions staff want to see how good you are right now. Including work that isn’t the best representation of your abilities can be confusing, and frankly, a bit annoying. Wow them right out of the gate instead of building up to something. The build up will almost always fall flat.

Third, leave them wanting more. It’s tempting to want to include every image you’ve shown in a gallery, won an award for, or earned you a paycheck, but you should always show them enough to prove that you aren’t a one-shot wonder. However, be careful not to include so much that your special touch loses its impact. If they ask to see more, you always have more, but the one thing you never want to have them say is “that’s enough.”

As you can see, picking the right work for your digital portfolio can be a bit of a balancing act between quality and quantity. Ask people whose work you respect to help you choose the best work and then adapt it to each new application. While we focused on photography in this blog, this is true of everything from writing samples, to music, to videography, and much more.

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