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Selina Maitreya's How to Succeed in Commercial Photography is a great read and provides solid information on the importance of your photography portfolio. One of the greatest parts is the focus on a print portfolio and making upfront-in-person presentations and not just rely on Web or direct mail marketing. What I also found intriguing was her take on how a photographer needs a product and a vision and not just be one that shoots everything but focus on themselves, there skill level and how to overall show your true work, which will land you the job. I also enjoyed reading the solid information from other photographers and how they approach photography and business. Selina brings a reality check on photography and gives great information on making the sale, finding leads and how you should market you services as well as taking time for yourself.
As a graphic designer and one who hires photographers, I especially found this book helpful on how and what I should be looking for when hiring a photographer. It has helped me look through the eyes of a photographer and has giving me new tools to work with as a business owner.
Great job Selina!