ask anyone who knows me...i have a thing about website portfolios. and here's some of my pretty opinionated thoughts... clients come to your website to get an idea of who you are as a photographer and the photographs you produce. they want to have a thorough understanding about what they're potentially going to invest in. and therefore it's important for you to have an honest and up-to-date representation of yourself and your work. your portfolio is your business' first impression. and shouldn't you have that first impression be the best it can be?
nothing frustrates me more than when photographers say they they don't have time to update their portfolio. especially for years!! for me, updating my portfolio is not even an annual thing; it's ongoing throughout every year. my prospective clients deserve that. they deserve to know exactly what they're getting if they choose to invest in me, as their photographer.
and i hope that anyone i have photographed over the years would say that i have an honest representation of my work on my website.
so as we start this new year, PLEASE consider looking through and updating your website portfolio. and then consider continuing to update throughout the year.
here's a few photographs that i just added to my portfolio. and with that, a few others that didn't feel quite right any longer, were removed.
and a couple oldies that just made it back into my portfolio. that's the beauty of portfolios; your loves, tastes, editing, etc. -- it all changes over time.
ETA: i just had another thought. i've heard from some photographers,
if they [clients] want to see updated photos, they're on my blog.
well if that's the case and that's the route you want to go, get rid of your main website. again, if you have a site AND a blog, take responsibility for both of them. your client doesn't know what you're thinking; they just know what they see.
lastly, keeping your high-res portfolio images organized and easily found will greatly help in portfolio management, access and updates. trust me! :-)