Modeling and Photography Portfolios

So, you have now learned about what you need to do as a model and what is required, but now it is up to you to put it into action. One of the things that you may want advice about is your modeling or photography portfolio. This is like your resume and for any job you will want this to speak volumes on your behalf.


Having a professional, well presented and great looking portfolio is a must for anyone wanting to be a model. Luckily any agent you join will send you for professional photographs so that your portfolio is already great, but there are some things you can do to help.

You should have a headshot in your modeling portfolio along with a full length shot, black and white as well as color photos and even some with different hair colors and styles. If you want to offer these to your agent to add into your portfolio you are more than welcome as long as the photos have been taken by a professional photographer.

When you go for your modeling headshots and photos, take the most flattering clothing you have. Your headshot will probably be taken without any clothing near your neck so that your shoulder and neckline can be more clearly seen, so take along a strapless top for this. Wear the most appropriate make up for black and white and color photos and have options for wearing your hair up and down.

Always add to your portfolio, so whenever you do jobs, request a copy of the photos sent to your agent so that you can choose the best ones to include.


Any that are published in magazines and other printed publications will also be used in your portfolio.

For photographers your portfolio is also of great importance as it will be the single piece of promotion that you have. People want to see what a photographer can do and how talented he or she is any specific types of photography before hiring them. Your fashion photography skills will need to be showcased in your portfolio with various styles being depicted. Avoid having too many of the same type of photograph. Showing your versatility is the key to getting more jobs. If you want to create a winning portfolio, you should practice as much as you can and get some people to model for you. They can be friends and family members, but remember that they must look professional. Only use them it they have a model face or body that would be used by agent. If you don’t know anyone like this, then you have an opportunity to make a new model very happy.

You can organize a trade exchange where she can model for you for free, and you give him or her, your photographic services for free. This can be tricky to arrange, because of the fear many models have of being taken advantage of in these situations. Rather find a public place like near a fountain or park that will work for your session, or if you want a studio, find a busy one where other people are also going to be, just so that you both feel comfortable. With your winning portfolio you can approach any advertising or modeling agency to offer your services. If you have a good eye for fashion and are able to shoot moving shots, then you can also add these to your portfolio for approaching fashion designers and houses that offer fashion shows.

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