I Have been working with several of the theatres here in Minneapolis
for the past 5 years. I will take pictures where ever and when ever
it is appropirate. Each of the theatres I work with is a little
different. Sometimes the clothes are just on maniquines in the the
workroom other times it on stage when the pro photographer is taking
the official photos.
As far as what size format workes best. My portfolio is 18"X13". That
way I can do a layout of the photos, fabric swatches, sketches and/or
images that helped me create the look for that show.
I based my "brag book" on the portfolio of another designer. She has
seperate books for her Clothing, Props and Painting. (She does Faux
finishes as well.) There's several options. I usually print my photos
as 4x6 to start, I may cut them down to get just the image I want.
Remember that your portfolio is an extension of your creativity. It
is often as musch as a selling point of you as a designer and builder
as any discussion you my have with a potentional producer or
I hope this helps.
Kat in Minneapolis.
I'm with the Tallahassee Little Theatre in Tallahassee Florida.
I'm definitely going to start taking them during dress parade as we
call it. I just hated to impose on the show's rehearsal time and we
always have an archive photographer take pics so I figured I could
always get copies of their pics.
What size format works best for portfolios?
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, Sherry Ross
>Music Theatre , I'm producer for the Youth Troupe and costume
> which community Theatre group are you with? I'm with the Brampton
designer for Main stage productions and youth troupe. I done over
seven shows in two years and I take pictures during dress rehearsals
and during fittings.
- Don't think of it as "imposing" on anyone's time to have production
photographs made--actors, other designers, as well as directors need to
have photo documentation of their work, too. Years ago, I started taking
my own pictures, after the photographer hired to document the show
totally screwed up the images, and I was left with nothing. Now, most
often, I have a couple friends who are photographers for the local
newspaper do the shooting for me--it's just easier if I fuss with the
costumes and they fuss with getting the shot.
Most of our shows run for three productions, and I usually schedule the
photo call for after the second show. We try to keep the time down to 30
or 45 minutes, at the most. The production staff gets together before
hand to decide what shots to take. Usually working backwards, we stage
certain scenes or moments. Trying to make the actors understand that if
they shut-up and pay attention, things will run quicker, is often the
In this digital age, the images are on CD--the pros shoot digital to
begun with, and if I do do the photographing, I have the processing
place burn a CD for me. I then make the pictures available to the cast,
crew, and the college, for publicity purposes.
I teach at a community college, and this is the first year in several
where one of my students will be heading off to a four year school to
study costume design. We designed his portfolio in two parts--physical
and digital. The actual renderings, working drawings and
photographs--never smaller than 4x6, most often 8x10 (or larger if the
detail warrants it), matted and mounted for presentation. The other part
is on CD--the renderings and drawings are digitally scanned (Kinkos does
a super job, but I'm sure any good copy shop would, too) then merged
with the photographs and burned to CD. The student also designed a website.
> I'm with the Tallahassee Little Theatre in Tallahassee Florida.--
> I'm definitely going to start taking them during dress parade as we
> call it. I just hated to impose on the show's rehearsal time and we
> always have an archive photographer take pics so I figured I could
> always get copies of their pics.
> What size format works best for portfolios?
~lisa.s * llsturts@...