Example of a Photogaphy Portfolio Project
The client was the photographer’s spouse; the book a surprise gift. After an initial telephone consultation all correspondence was via email and Dropbox exchange of files. The project included two distinct phases. The first was Design Consultation, recommending:
- image selection from a large portfolio of work;
- selection of page size and paper selection;
- image and text layout;
- title, ISBN?, author’s bio;
- chapters/ categories;
- number of pages based on above factors;
- cover style & design;
The second phase, preparing Production Files (inside pages and cover art done separately) will generally take less time. For this 112 page portfolio it required about 4 billable hours to produce high-resolution .pdf files suitable for upload to a number of different POD (print-on-demand) web-sites. Time to correct an error on our part, of course, is not billable. Client changes at this point would be.
The investment for Design and Production Files of a large-format, hard cover book of 112 pages would be from 10 to 12 billable hours. Although more than the cost of a single copy of the book, it will produce a publication worthy of the work which also may proudly be offered for sale or presented to potential high-value clients.