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Holiday Cup of Cheer from Ashley Gieseking

This holiday promo from photographer Ashley Gieseking is sure to cheer most folks. Holidays are a great time to reach out and connect with old and new friends and clients.
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400 Custom Made Action Figures!

When I saw this promo, I just had to reach out to Swedish photographer Jens Lennartsson. Luckily, he had heard of No Plastic Sleeves and been to the site. So he was happy to have me share it. This idea is certainly unique and seriously well executed and it also generated a lot of buzz online (which is how I heard of it). Time will tell whether the action figure or the buzz it created generates more leads. Jens had 40
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Chris Sembrot Sets The Bar High With Latest Promo

When photographer Chris Sembrot set out to create his latest promo he set the bar pretty high – “keep costs low, be visually interesting and make it so great that it would be difficult to throw out.” He knows from his previous experience as an art buyer that it takes a little extra something special for an art buyer or art director to actually hold onto a promo. Melissa Hennessey told me – 
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#HASHTAG Newsprint Promo from Brook Pifer

Fun promo from photographer, Brook Pifer. Newsprint is a great idea for a mailer. It’s a larger, multi-sequence format, less expensive to print, folds up great for mailing and lighter to ship. Mixing in the hashtag merges the “old” media of newspaper with the “new” media of social networking. Great way to keep things fresh. Brook told me, “I’ve been inspired by how instagram
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Color Themed Promos

These color themed promos from PlainPicture, a photo agency based in Hamburg, Germany, are eye-catching while still remaining minimal in their design approach. The promos focus on the agency’s “unusual and unexpected” photography while still grouping imagery around a common theme.   Aaron Vähi told me - The design of our print advertising / promotions is usually reduced and minimal as to put as
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A Promo With Soul

This promo from lifestyle and portrait photographer, Eli Meir Kaplan promotes a very cool project he’s doing on soul musicians from DC called Soul51. The packaging and cover design of this booklet really makes it a stand out. Eli told me, “I’m a big fan of soul music and music in general and I’ve often wondered what happened to the artists whose records I would see in stores but didn’t b
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Best Portfolios From Around the World – Malta

This undergrad portfolio book from designer, Andrea Meli from San Gwann, Malta has it all! It’s a showcase for Andrea’s strong brand design skills, excellent book and editorial design, and more. He even includes a 3D printed rendering of his logo (created in Cinema4D) – very cool! With business cards and a website Andrea is ready to take the design world by storm. Andrea says, “I had one goal;
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Speaking At SPE

Industry Seminar with Danielle Currier and Larry Volk, Sponsored by ASMP “Your Portfolio Strategy: Focus Your Work, Brand Your Vision“ Thursday, March 06th, 1:30pm – 2:45pm How you edit, sequence and present your work is key to establishing a career as a professional photographer. Larry Volk & Danielle Currier, authors of No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and De
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“The Romance of A Book” With Scott Mullenberg

This is a great share from masterful bookbinder, Scott Mullenberg. Scott told me, “I thought you might be interested in this video, by photographer David White, about Mullenberg Designs and the building of his portfolio. We spent 2 days filming ( I believe in April) and it was just released a couple weeks ago. We’re pretty pleased with what Dave created (post production is everything!).” Scott Mulle
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Best Portfolios From Around the World – Russian Federation

The design of this portfolio for Russian designer, Кочедыков Денис (Denis Kochedykov) is excellent. On the cover, the stripes act as a sort of collage of cropped, offset sketches & projects combined with playful typography that demonstrate a strong design sense while also giving us a look at the type of work included inside the portfolio. The visual look of the cover cohesively extends into the interior pages wh
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Best Portfolios From Around the World – Kuala Lumpur

The concept for this portfolio is communicated through a smart and interesting “two books in one” book form. It’s by designer, FuiTeng Chong of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This custom, hand made portfolio not only stands out for it’s smart concept and execution, but it’s also practical and easily updatable through the utilization of an elastic cord binding. The simplicity of the visual desig
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Best Portfolios From Around the World – London

I’m starting a new series called “Best Portfolios From Around the World.” I’ve scoured the internet, looked through submissions and exchanged emails with many talented folks whose portfolios and other promo materials I’m excited to share with all of you. Each week I’ll add another “best of” in the series. If you think you’re portfolio should be a contender send me
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Best Portfolios From Around the World – Germany

I’m starting a new series called “Best Portfolios From Around the World.” I’ve scoured the internet and exchanged emails with many talented folks whose portfolios and other promo materials I’m excited to share with all of you out there. Each week I’ll add another “best of” in the series. If you think you’re portfolio should be a contender send me an email and I
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A Labor of Love: Sarah Lim’s New Portfolio

Photographer Sarah Lim made her most recent portfolio book herself. Making a book is an art unto itself and as with most art forms you either enjoy that process or you don’t. Clearly it also requires a certain level of skill and patience. All of which will show in the end result. The best hand crafted books are a labor of love. Sarah’s unique book is a nice example of craftsmanship and the pride she takes
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“Hats Off” to Dan Bannister for This Very Unique Promo

Wow! What a special promo this is from Canadian photographer Dan Bannister. It’s just one of a kind. Definitely a promotional piece for a few select clients that you really want to impress. I imagine these sitting on the desk of quite a few agency creative directors. It’s a reminder everyday of the unique vision, exceptional skills and creative mind that Dan has to offer. So, while probably on the more ex
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