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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 02:07 AM

true rich – so true – that is why I have a portfolio of my work.
if a person really wants to excel in any craft, they should have nice photos
to show potential clients. I am “Old School” with actual photographs in a book.
not on a smart phone where – - – - well, you know – flip flip flip flip flip. very unprofessional, in my opinion.
build a website – post photos of your best work with a brief bio on the project.
try to show photos of your projects in use. try not to include photos of a messy shop in the background.
don’t overload the potential client with photos and photos and photos of boring “stuff”.
build some pamphlets to pass out to potential clients.
keep it simple – keep it streamlined and on point.
categorize the pictures in groups: cabinets in one group, hutches in one group, dining tables in one group, etc.
put yourself in some of the photos showing that you are the craftsman that makes the items.

here is an example:

I go to a client that is interested in “a really nice sign” and only show a few examples.


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