I tried searching through the forums but couldn't find the topic so I decided to ask it myself: in web design portfolios, is it ok to put up design comps in lieu of the finished product for clients?
Many of the web design projects I've worked on had very specific designs that the clients did themselves and insisted I use. I offer design services as well, but for these clients, it was about 80% coding, 20% design. To be frank, I don't much care for the look of the finished sites (the code I am always proud of, however) and if I put the final look of those sites in my portfolio, it will give potential clients a bad impression of my design skills. I know it's a gray area in graphic design, but I was wondering what the standard is for web design and development.
On one hand, I am selling my design capabilities, which aren't very apparent with client-driven designs. On the other hand, it just looks better to have the portfolio image match the actual site. I guess I could also design my version of the site and host it on my website, but that can become a headache for bigger sites. What are your thoughts, guys?