Pimp your portfolio and print it via Peecho

by Jolien Burgers in , ,

Standing out from the crowd is key. By showcasing your best work, life experiences or achievements in a portfolio, you can distinguish yourself from other photographers, designers, architects or illustrators. A portfolio is not created overnight. It’s important to think carefully about the items in your portfolio. Please find some small tips below, they can give your portfolio a big boost.

1. Make a selection of your best work only

Make a critical selection and only include your best work in your portfolio. Our advice is to showcase at least 10 items in a portfolio.  Don’t ruin your portfolio with one weak item and think about the amount of items you want to include in your portfolio. Less can be more. Start with a very strong piece to make the viewer want to see more and end with a smashing piece, in order to leave a strong impression.  

2. Add a description to each piece

Let people know when, why and how you created it. By adding a description to each item, you’ll give your pieces more context and your audience will appreciate them even more.

3. Make sure your images are high res

All your images should be high-resolution images. Your portfolio is your pride. People are going to look at it in detail. Grainy images in your portfolio will make you look unprofessional. If needed, use Photoshop, for example, to fix the resolution.

4. Get a fresh pair of eyes to look at your work

It’s almost impossible to look at your own work objectively. Find at least one person to look at your portfolio. Preferably someone that hasn’t seen your work before.

5. Include reviews

People like to read testimonials. When reading that someone else has worked with you, and is happy with the result, a person is more likely to contact you.

6. Show results

Numbers can be a powerful tool to convince people. Prove your talents by showing your accomplishments.

7. Print your portfolio via Peecho

Once you have finalized your portfolio, it’s nice to have one or a few sample copies. You can bring it to new clients or a job interview. Most people choose paper over a computer screen when looking at a portfolio. Via Peecho, you can print your portfolio, on demand. Professional prints on high quality paper. No minimum volume. You can find tips on the lay-out of a for-print-suitable-document on this page

Are you a photographer, designer, architect, illustrator or other type of creative and would you like to print your portfolio? Visit our website or contact us!

How photo book app Resnap integrated their service with Peecho's Print API

by Jolien Burgers

An interview with Luc Hendriks, co-founder of Resnap.

It’s the same story every year. You came back from a wonderful holiday and you made tons of beautiful pictures. You would love to make a selection of these pictures and create a holiday photo book but it is just so time consuming. You end up not making a photo book at all and as the years pass, you forget about the pictures. Resnap offers the ultimate solution. Within one minute, Resnap creates a photo book for you. They integrated their service with the Peecho Print API so the photo books are printed via Peecho. Luc Hendriks, co-founder of Resnap, tells us more about Resnap and their integration with the Peecho Print API.

1. When and why did you start Resnap?

‘’We started ReSnap about 3.5 years ago with the idea to create social media photo books automatically. Everyone puts a lot of photos on social media, and only a handful of them contain your most valuable moments. We wanted to create a tool to bring those moments back into a physical photo book, so they do not get overshadowed by all the other updates anymore.’’

2. What is Resnap about?

‘’Back then it was to relive your memories on social media. We noticed that a lot of our customers wanted the same ease of use (a photo book in a minute), but for their camera pictures instead of social media photos. That is why we shifted our focus to photo books in general: the ReSnap photo book is a beautiful photo book, where all of the hard work is done automatically for you. You only have to spend a few minutes to make it really your own! The big questions that we have to answer for this are: how do we select the best photos out of a set of photos (for example: we need to select the top 200 photos out of 1500 holiday pictures), and how do we create a good layout for this? The answer to both questions is machine learning. So ReSnap is not only a photo book company, we also do a lot of research in machine learning and computer vision in particular.’’

3. How did you find out about Peecho's Print API?

‘’Our main focus is an easy to use editor, good automated selections and a great user experience. To be able to focus on that as much as possible, we wanted to work together with a partner that handles as much of the rest as possible: the ordering process, processing PDFs to make them print ready and shipping, coupon codes, etcetera. When we were searching for a printing partner, we found Peecho to be not only that, but also a partner that could save us lots of development time that we can now spend on developing our core features.’’

4. Why is Peecho's Print API the solution for Resnap?

‘’The Peecho Print API saves our development team a lot of time, that we can spend on the product instead. A fully fledged editor, the automated selection process and the computer vision techniques we need to develop and maintain are complicated. Using Peecho's Print API means we do not have to think about "everything after the order button".’’

5. How did you integrate the Print API with your service?

‘’The print-ready PDF file does not exist yet when the product is bought, as this takes too long for a user to wait for. Luckily, the print button accepts an asynchronous order. This means that when someone buys a photo book, Peecho pings our service that a PDF should be generated. We launch a server to generate the PDF and when it is done we ping Peecho back with the location of the PDF. Quite easy, really!’’

6. Who are your customers and how do you promote your app?

‘’Our customers are mainly people who want a photo book, but do not want to create one using traditional software, or didn't like the process. Either because it takes too long, the software is not user friendly or some other reason. When we ask people why they still need to create their photo book from the last holiday (or holidays!), they almost always answer: "it takes way too much time." That is the problem we fix. Currently we promote our service using different kinds of advertising networks and also by white labelling our software. For example, the Dutch company Vliegtickets has integrated our photo book software.’’

7. What kind of feedback do you get from your customers about your app?

‘’They love the ease of use of our software! Using traditional software it costs about 20 hours on average to create a photo book, while our users spend around 30 minutes perfecting it before they order the book.’’

You can find more information about Resnap on their website.

Would you like to integrate your app with the Peecho Print API? Contact us or read more about the print API  in our API documentation.