Setting up an online portfolio showing your concert photos is crucial if you want to become a music photographer and get photo passes.
However, almost everyone is struggling with the technical challenges setting up a homepage.
You'll need a hosting company and get your own domain, install WordPress and find a suitable WordPress theme for your homepage.
Once you set everything up you might encounter problems with the compatibility of plugins you'll need to use. After some days, you don´t even have fun setting up your online portfolio anymore.
I have been there when I started years ago, but it still frustrates me, because I am not a developer and I have no coding skills. If you find yourself in this situations than his article is for you.
Why You Shouldn´t Use Social Media For Your Online Portfolio
Due to the challenges setting up a homepage people use social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook Fan pages, 500px, Behance and so on instead.
This might be the easiest way to show your work when you’re just starting out. But there’s a big downside to this.
You don´t have any control over these sites. Facebook might change their policies and you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for your fan page or, even worse, they just delete your profile. Instagram might change the user agreement and sell your photos without your knowledge.
You want to make sure that you are in full control.
Therefore, the best option is to set up your own homepage with the additional benefit that it also looks more professional than sending a music manager to your social media sites.
Your Online Portfolio Solution
Since a lot of HTBARP followers didn´t know how to show their concert photos online I was searching for an easy solution to this problem.
My requirements were the following:
- easy to set up
- no technical skills needed
- a great support team, that can help in minutes
- affordable (actually I was searching for the cheapest option
I found it in FORMAT which is an easy to use Portfolio website builder. I teamed up with those guys and in this short video I want to show you how to build your online concert photography portfolio in minutes.
Since I strongly believe in Format, I teamed up with them and they are offering a 14 days free trial and 15% OFF all annual plans (promo code at checkout: htbarp) when signing up at: htbarp.com/format
Even though there are almost no concerts going on right now, I think now is the best time to get your concert photography business ready for the time once the music industry is back to normal and everyone is hesitant to shooting concerts again.
Here is what other HTBARP members are saying about Format:
"I have used Format for several years. I'm very pleased with both the way it looks and how easy it is to use."- Rich
"Very clean, professional looking & lots of custom layouts for you to choose from!" - Robert
You can find my Format-Portfolio here.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.