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Tips for a GREAT Modeling Portfolio

If you’re photogenic and enjoy posing for photos, you may have thought about becoming a model. Starting as a teenager is actually very common in the industry. Tyra Banks began modelling at just 15! When top teen model Lindsey Wixson was 12 years old and 5’7″, strangers would come up to her to tell her she could be a model, so she started researching it as a possible career.  When she decided to become a model, she started to study old copies of Vogue, looking at the careers of supermodels like Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Gisele Bündchen … As a professional freelancer with over 25 years  experience I have worked with hundreds of models. Here are a few  tips that will be helpful to those interested in modeling. READ ON…

The purpose of a modelling portfolio

Always keep in mind that the purpose of a modelling portfolio is not only to show your good looks, but it should also demonstrate your ability to portray different characters, age ranges and personality.  It’s also important to have good body shots, with swimwear or tight-fitting clothes, especially if you plan to apply to the larger model markets.

Own a ‘modelling kit’ and take it on all shoots. These are the things you will need, but may not be directly mentioned in pre-shoot communications. They are: outdoor/studio shoes, nude/black underwear, face wipes, moisturizer/oil for your legs, a plain vest top, safety pins/clamps, a straw for drinks (as not to ruin your lipstick), your own water with a sugary snack to keep you going (your shoot location may be far away from shops), spare nylons, hairspray, a top up lipstick, hair grips, brush and eyelash glue (in case the MUA can’t stay). 

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The purpose of a modelling portfolio

Always keep in mind that the purpose of a modelling portfolio is not only to show your good looks, but it should also demonstrate your ability to portray different characters, age ranges and personality.  It’s also important to have good body shots, with swimwear or tight-fitting clothes, especially if you plan to apply to the larger model markets.

Own a ‘modelling kit’ and take it on all shoots. These are the things you will need, but may not be directly mentioned in pre-shoot communications. They are: outdoor/studio shoes, nude/black underwear, face wipes, moisturizer/oil for your legs, a plain vest top, safety pins/clamps, a straw for drinks (as not to ruin your lipstick), your own water with a sugary snack to keep you going (your shoot location may be far away from shops), spare nylons, hairspray, a top up lipstick, hair grips, brush and eyelash glue (in case the MUA can’t stay). 

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First impressions matter

You should know that your modeling portfolio is a true first impression of yourself as a model. A portfolio will always be the first thing that agencies and clients look at before they even choose to see you in person. And for that reason, it is highly recommended to focus on the building of an impressive modeling portfolio that will enable you to establish a successful career as a model.

Pay attention to the quality of the photos you choose to include in your portfolio. These photos need to impress agencies and clients alike and make you stand out from the rest. So always aim to project the best possible image of yourself.

First impressions matter

You should know that your modeling portfolio is a true first impression of yourself as a model. A portfolio will always be the first thing that agencies and clients look at before they even choose to see you in person. And for that reason, it is highly recommended to focus on the building of an impressive modeling portfolio that will enable you to establish a successful career as a model.

Pay attention to the quality of the photos you choose to include in your portfolio. These photos need to impress agencies and clients alike and make you stand out from the rest. So always aim to project the best possible image of yourself.

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Research  your poses

Practice posing. Get posing ideas by researching fashion magazines, Pinterest and Google to find poses that inspire you. Don’t be afraid to alter them a little to make them your own. Practice them in front of a mirror. That’s right, when you are staring off, the mirror is your BFF. Stand there, perfect your poses and learn how your body shapes. This is important because you don’t want to show up at portfolio session and not know how to angle your body to get the best body lines. The mirror is a perfect tool to show you what the camera can see. Try to imagine it behind your photographer’s head when shooting and always consider what can be seen from that angle. For example, if your foot is closest to the lens, it is worth remembering that your foot is going to the largest thing in the picture.

Practice until you feel confident and then try to come up with some of your own moves, so you’ll feel more natural and effortless when it is time to pose.  

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Research  your poses

Practice posing. Get posing ideas by researching fashion magazines, Pinterest and Google to find poses that inspire you. Don’t be afraid to alter them a little to make them your own. Practice them in front of a mirror. That’s right, when you are staring off, the mirror is your BFF. Stand there, perfect your poses and learn how your body shapes. This is important because you don’t want to show up at portfolio session and not know how to angle your body to get the best body lines. The mirror is a perfect tool to show you what the camera can see. Try to imagine it behind your photographer’s head when shooting and always consider what can be seen from that angle. For example, if your foot is closest to the lens, it is worth remembering that your foot is going to the largest thing in the picture.

Practice until you feel confident and then try to come up with some of your own moves, so you’ll feel more natural and effortless when it is time to pose.  

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Types of models

Do some research. Before you can decide whether modeling is something that you would enjoy or have the necessary qualities for, it helps to familiarize yourself with what the industry requires. It’s important to understand that there are different types of modeling that you might do, such as fashion, plus-size, and commercial, and you may be a better fit for some than others. Figure out what type of modeling that you would like to pursue.

Fashion models typically walk the runway at designer fashion shows or pose for editorial photo shoots. They are usually at least 5’8”, are thin, and not very curvy.
Plus-size models are usually at least 5’8” as well, but typically are a size 10 or above. They typically model plus-size clothing and accessories.
Commercial models pose for everything from print ads to magazines to catalogs.

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Types of models

Do some research. Before you can decide whether modeling is something that you would enjoy or have the necessary qualities for, it helps to familiarize yourself with what the industry requires. It’s important to understand that there are different types of modeling that you might do, such as fashion, plus-size, and commercial, and you may be a better fit for some than others. Figure out what type of modeling that you would like to pursue.

Fashion models typically walk the runway at designer fashion shows or pose for editorial photo shoots. They are usually at least 5’8”, are thin, and not very curvy.
Plus-size models are usually at least 5’8” as well, but typically are a size 10 or above. They typically model plus-size clothing and accessories.
Commercial models pose for everything from print ads to magazines to catalogs.

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Model Portfolio Rates

Whether You are just starting out in modelling or would like to update your current portfolio these sessions are especially designed for you. Alfred Boyd will bring out your best features with fashion lighting and makeup. We guarantee to bring out looks that you never imagined you had. Your dream portfolio will become a reality and  you will stand when submitting your photos to agents! 

Package #1 – $250

  • Consultation (Phone, Email or Messenger)
  • Up to 1.5 Hours on Location (Location of Your Choosing, Using Natural Light and Settings)
  • Makeup application
  • Four  8″x10″ or 8″x12″ Edited Prints

Package #2 – $350

  • Consultation (Phone, Email or Messenger)
  • Up to 2 Hours on Location (Location of Your Choosing, Using Natural Light and Settings)
  • Web Gallery with up to 30 Digital Proofs
  • Seven 8″x10″ or 8″x12″ Edited Prints

Package #3 – $450

  • Consultation (Phone, Email or Messenger)
  •  Up to 2.5 Hours in Studio (Using Strobes, Soft Box, Backdrops etc.)
  • Makeup application (two looks)
  • Nine 8″x10″ or 8″x12″ Edited Prints

Package #4 – $650

  • Consultation (Phone, Email or Messenger)
  • Up to 3 Hours in Studio (Using Strobes, Soft Box, Backdrops etc.)
  • Makeup Application (3 looks)
  • Twelve 8″x10″ or 8″x12″ Edited Prints

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