There are many questions that we are asked when it comes to modelling. Some is around the confusing industry jargon that can make it seem impenetrable to an outsider. Some are fallacies or misunderstandings about the industry and how it works.
I have aimed to cover the most frequently asked here or in other parts of my site, but if you have any queries not covered here, please do get in touch.
What is modeling portfolio?
A modelling portfolio, often called a model’s book, is a collection of the best pictures of the model showcasing different expressions and looks. Your portfolio should ‘tell’ client or agent a story about who you are and what direction your career is heading. The book is a work in progress so don’t rush it!
What does modeling portfolio need?
To start all you need is a selection of 6-20 pictures. There is no point is showing mediocre images and less is more when it comes to the book. Agencies like to see photos that show models versatility. Getting pictures with different expressions, emotions and looks should be a priority when building a portfolio.
What type of pictures will I need in my portfolio and why?
Clean head shot without heavy makeup and styling to show a client exactly how you look is the first and possibly the most important picture in your book.
A beauty shot is essential to every model/actor so my main focus throughout your photo session will be to take selection of those. For commercial models the shot is more relaxed and can be in color or black and white. Fashion and editorial models almost always use color shot of the face, usually not smiling. Remember this is the first picture in your book so make sure it is a killer!
Using a studio as well as outdoor set up you will have variety of light- studio lamps and natural light. Apart from beauty shot we will shoot selection of other as per agency and commercial requirements. Those are as follows:
- Beauty shoot
- Full length fashion shot
- Swimsuit shots
- Lifestyle shot
- Editorial shots
- Tasteful lingerie shots
- Shots showing the model conveying different facial expressions and moods
- Interaction shots with other model or objects
How do I prepare for portfolio shoot? What do I wear to a photo shoot?
Practice makes perfect! With a date of the photo session approaching you can prepare yourself by getting a full-length mirror and start practicing. Knowing different facial expressions and poses that enhance your body can really make the difference to the shoot. It is great to know how your face looks and feels when you smile or frown. Which profile does your face look better with? Practice your poses in your underwear so you are not affected by different neckline but also there is no collar or pocket to place your hand on. There is nothing to play with or hold on to. That way you’ll learn where to place your hands to make your bodyline look at it’s best.
As a photographer with modeling experience I will guide you through the shots but if you spend time practicing you will feel more confident. You can always look through magazines for posing ideas and start from there.
Modeling portfolio is put together to “sell” you to the clients or agency so all images are about you! You are the product and there should be very little distraction from you on your photographs. It is best to stick to plain, solid colors with different necklines. Earthy colors, different fabrics and materials, some loose some tight fitting. No jewelry please however think of props- a scarf matching your outfit can make image more believable and also will give you something to pose with (making it a bit easier). Good fitting jeans or trousers, mini skirt or dress, flat and heel shoes, plain bikini and matching underwear in black/ white and nude, strapless bra will make for great basic selection. Before the shoot together we will go through your outfits and plan the accordingly so don’t stress- we will make it work!