Gabrielle Begin’s work is bright, optimistic, and includes a plethora of quirky illustrations. She is a lady of many talents, including hand lettering, graphic design and photography. Gabrielle graduated from the graphic design program at Collège la Cité, in Ottawa, where typography and hand lettering caught her attention.
Her work appears fluid and organic, so much that we had to get to know more about Gabrielle. Check out her story and work below!
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on?
This is a though one! Honestly, being a graphic designer and photographer, any project that combines both photography and design gives me the opportunity to get 200% involved in the project and to add a personal touch. I also enjoy projects where my imagination can go off limits.
What’s one item you can’t live without?
Definitely my camera. Whether it’s my professional camera or simply the camera on my phone, I think inspiration and beauty is everywhere around us and I rarely go somewhere without taking tons of photos.
Has having a physical body of work helped you?
A lot. Freshly graduated from college, having my printed work in a physical portfolio book really impresses employers. Also, the customization of my screwpost portfolio with Klo shows important attention to details. It also helps with my confidence since I’m always proud to show off my design portfolio at interviews or when I meet a client for the first time.
We love hearing the stories that make up the contents of our customer’s portfolio books. Often years of hard work are made tangible and shared with others and we couldn’t be any happier to be apart of it.
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When it comes to difficult, demanding and dangerous photography, Matt Baldelli is your guy. Being an adventurer himself, Matt has a precise eye for the most astonishing outdoor shots. Whether it be from hanging off cliffs in Moab, Utah or inside a climbing gym, his photos capture an intense story that personifies the thrill of being an athlete.
Matt’s talent has been used by well known brands such as Nike, Red Bull and Reebok, to name a few. Being an avid outdoors-men, Matt also finds it important to give back and is a supporter and multiple organizations that help preserve the outdoors.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt’s for the build of his custom photography portfolio book more than once and his work has always stood out to us. We caught up with Matt to learn more about life as an outdoors photographer.
Skiing back country in the Northeastern Region of Iceland has been one the most amazing projects I have worked on to date. I was invited to join 8 back country skiing guides from Northeast Mountaineering (based in New Hampshire) to help build an advertising campaign of photography and cinematography for their company. The week long project was built around getting great images with a lot of early mornings and late nights to get the perfect light. This was my first time skiing in another country off-piste as well as skiing from summit to sea, just an unreal experience!
My favorite perk of being a freelance adventure photographer are the locations I travel to and having the flexibility to build my own schedule. There are not many professions that will pay for you to travel to amazing locations and allow you to capture your experiences. If it wasn’t for being a freelancer I wouldn’t have traveled the world as much as I have.
The biggest challenge I face is balancing all the different hats as a business owner – less than 25% of my time is actually spent taking photographs, the rest of my time I am emailing, bookkeeping, advertising, editing & retouching, as well as traveling.
The biggest tips I can give any aspiring photographer is to follow your passions, and constantly keep learning. After graduating from photography school I wanted to be a commercial studio photographer, but after going down that road and starting down a few others that weren’t the right fit for me helped me find my way to adventure photography.
The biggest tool in the toolbox is my curiosity to keep learning, whether it is a new photography technique, new equipment, or a new activity that isn’t related to photography, it helps you see things from a different perspective and keeps things fresh.
Ready to create your own custom photography portfolio book? We can help! Choose from the highest quality selection of materials, treatments, and sizes and have your portfolio book custom-cut, treated, and hand assembled the Klo way. Need advice or help putting your design together or choosing the best portfolio book for your project? We’re always available via email or via phone.
Many folks – be they students or working professionals – come to us asking what sort of components they should consider getting for their custom portfolio book. Chances are if you’re reading this that you are wondering the same. Well never fear! We strive to help you make the best portfolio that your wicked imagination can come up with, so read on for our answers to some of the most asked questions taken into mind when ordering that brand new masterpiece.
The main things you want to consider when confronting this question are the presence you wish your portfolio to have when engaged with, and the sort of setting you see it most often in. Large portfolios stand out in a large expo hall, but can be a bit dominating for smaller-quarter meetings.
Small and medium portfolios are ideal for transportation purposes, and while the medium dimensions of 11×14 are both our most popular size and certainly hold more presence from afar, a smaller piece can just as effectively capture a client’s interest with its inmate intimate charm. By considering these points, you can find the size that is right for you.
We often get asked How do I properly insert pages in to my custom portfolio book?
For some folks, plastic sleeves can be a viable option as they offer extra protection against wear and tear, and offer the ability to swap prints in and out without too much hassle. On the other hand, hingestrips provide a more direct experience between the prints and the purveyor, and don’t diffuse the coloration of the images through an outer plastic layer.
Ultimately, if you’re looking to protect your prints for the long term and are willing to invest the extra money, you can go with sleeves. If presenting your work for that one big showcase is more your situation, and you find yourself wanting to save a bit of money after heartily investing in that new custom portfolio, we recommend hingestrips.
This one is again up to a mixture of:
Glossy black acrylic and the brushed aluminum options are more prone to scratching, and as such require a bit more delicate care than other materials, but have a fantastic presence in a lit room and truly catch the eye.
The matte black and frosted clear acrylic options can be a bit more muted than the more reflective options due to their light diffusing nature, but are better for hiding wear and do a fantastic job of fighting off fingerprint marking.
Our bamboo collection is a softer material than our metal and plastic options, but is particularly excellent if you’re looking for something that can survive the ages as most scratches obtained over time can be lightly sanded down.
In addition to all of these points, take into consideration the aesthetics of your design. Do you want your piece to have a natural feel, or perhaps something more industrial? Furthermore, color and combinations there in are HUGE and we talk about this more extensively here. Take the time to consider how the color of material will match up to the rest of your order.
There you have it! With these guidelines now in your quiver alongside your creative vision, you’re already well on your way to a genius masterpiece of a custom portfolio book.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to throw us an inquiry! We’re always happy to help you see your piece to perfection it deserves.
Tom van der Lee
We’re excited to offer our new white powder binding alongside our black powder and original silver stainless still custom binding exclusively created for Klo Portfolios. We opted for stainless steel over aluminum binding since it’s stronger, more resilient, and won’t falter with use of your portfolio book over time.
Upgrade your custom portfolio to a white powder binding for $14.95 when you build your own custom portfolio book.
As always feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your custom portfolio project.
We’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of creatives from all walks of life including fashion, graphic, photography, and interior designers. Some awesome collaborations have gone down we do our best to snap photos and create an inspirational library (view hundreds of examples of selected work on our Flickr account) of custom portfolio books for others in the designing and planning stage for their own.
We’ve listed our top 20 most viewed and popular custom portfolio book designs based on all time views from our Flickr account. Click on the photo to have a better look or to browse our entire Flickr Library. We hope you enjoy and get an inspiration injection for your building your Klo custom portfolio book.
#1 Custom graphic design portfolio book in brushed silver with engraving and cut-out treatment
#2 Custom portfolio book in red acrylic with engraving treatment for Nissan
#3 Custom graphic design portfolio book in blue acrylic with engraving and vinyl decal treatment
#4 Custom brushed silver graphic design portfolio book with cut-out treatment
#5 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with vinyl decal treatment
#6 Custom portfolio book in white acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatment for IBM Interactive
#7 Custom graphic design portfolio book with engraving treatment on brushed silver aluminum
#8 Custom graphic design portfolio book in frosted clear acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatments
#9 Custom brushed silver aluminum portfolio book with engraving treatment
#10 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
#11 Custom photography book in red acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatment
#12 Custom graphic design portfolio book in brushed silver aluminum with engraving treatment
#13 Custom photography portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
# 14 Custom interior design portfolio book with cut-out and engraving treatment on amber bamboo
#15 Custom graphic design portfolio book with printed decal treatment
#16 Custom caramel bamboo portfolio book with engraving treatment
#17 Custom fashion design portfolio book in matte black with engraving treatment
#18 Custom creative director portfolio book in matte black acrylic with vinyl decal treatment
#19 Custom graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving treatment
#20 Custom small square graphic design portfolio book in matte black acrylic with engraving and cut-out treatments
Want to add a stealth and sexy look to your portfolio book? Receive a free powder black binding upgrade when you purchase any custom portfolio book until August 15th.
Enter POWDERBLACK at checkout to have it included in your order :-) Check out some photos below.
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