Curating your work can mean the difference in having a mind blowing portfolio vs. an average portfolio. I believe that the most important job we have as photographers is to tell a story and to be able to use our eye to identify what it is about a photo or photo series that we like, feel and want to share with others. Identifying what speaks to you as an artist and knowing what you would like to say, is the first step in the curation process, which you can learn more about here.
Let me use instagram as an example. We have all seen those instagram profiles that literally wow us and make us want to dive right in to their little instagram portal and live the life that they have taken the time to carefully curate or create the kind of images that make us feel that rush of inspiration. Or, we get down on ourselves about thinking that we cannot possibly create something so captivating... which is THE worst and simply not true. You need to pep up because the secret is in the process of WHAT images you CHOOSE to show your audience. Chances are, you have some gems that tell a beautifully curated story already sitting on your computer. You just have not taken the time to be able to see the whole story yet, or have noticed a reoccurring theme in the work that you create. After taking the time to go through your images. "Ask yourself, "what is it that I want and need to share with the world?" Sometimes the answer is in the images you have created already. Sometimes the answer is in new images that you need to go out and create. This is a also a great first step to following your authenticity as a photographer.
Either way, know that you are not alone in this confusing efforts to create a captivating portfolio. I help artists with this struggle all the time. If you would like more help on this, you can read more about how to curate your own work. Or you can contact me about my personal mentorship options here.
Below are a couple of different examples of curated portfolios. There is a underlying tone & mood set for both sets of galleries. They are also divided into different categories. They are all lifestyle, however, one is geared towards fashion and the other family portrait and wedding. You could possibly blend these two together if you choose your image pairing wisely :)