This is Part 2 of my Modeling Series where I show you the basics of how to get into modeling (or your children). We started with Modeling / Photography Lingo and one of the things we went over is the Portfolio and/or your Book in modeling lingo. A good portfolio can make or break a model and it takes awhile to create one. One of the best ways you can begin is by offering TFP – Trade For Prints / Time For Prints (refer to the Lingo page), this way you can begin your book with professional photos instead of snapshots. The purpose of a Portfolio is not to show how attractive you are, it is to show how diverse you are, how well you can portray certain characteristics and of course personality! You don’t want to clutter your Portfolio with dozens of the same shots, in the same poses, doing the same thing. Standing around and looking pretty isn’t very difficult, however, standing out and making your photos memorable to a photographer, studio, agent or otherwise is. So let’s start with what I would advise you have in your Portfolio.
|Photo taken by F64 Photography|
This was taken during my first photoshoot, it was a nice day and this wound up being one of the best photos ever taken of me. You might look at it and see only a pretty picture, but what a studio or an agent would be looking for is how the photo enhances certain characteristics. Such as, does the model have good lines? Do the shadows enhance the photo or are they too distracting? What kind of character / personality is she? Does she appear to be relaxed? Etc. There are millions of pretty girls with pretty faces, what makes or breaks a Headshot is whether you can push your personality out in an 8×10 photograph.
Full Length Shot:
|Photo taken by James Mogul|
The Full Length Shot is pretty obvious, it’s to show the rest of you. Choose a photo that really stands out without too much background noise. You want to make sure you are the focus of the picture and that the color scheme, background and other distractions aren’t taking the eye away from you.
Character / Artistic Shot:
|Taken by Woodeye Photo|
What I mean by Character/Artistic is to have a photo that shows you can be in a ‘scene’ or a part of any background. Where your Full Length Shot was to be separate from the Background, you want a shot that embeds you in without taking too much focus off (you still want to be center stage!). I personally believe it’s important to show that you can do more than just stand around some lights, that you can seem natural in even the most odd places.
|Taken by Studio4|
You could also title it Whimsical. Also, note, switching between B&W and Colored images will give you bonus points because it shows you can look good in high gloss as well as classic.
Action Shots: (Mainly for Children)
|Taken by CraftingWorlds|
This mainly applies to children, but wouldn’t hurt anyone else’s Portfolio. Action Shots are exactly what it sounds like, a photo showing you (or your child) in Action.
Formal / Casual Photos:
I took this myself, so it would actually be considered a Snapshot, but we’ll use it for the description! You want at least 1 photo of you in Formal Wear and 1 photo of you in Casual Wear. This will show diversity very well. It also shows the agent/photographer how comfortable you are in what you are wearing and presenting to the camera.
Once you start really building your portfolio, you can include are Runway Shots, Editorials and Commercial Work!
- Do not use more than 20 photos per Portfolio.
- Make sure the photos are of good quality, preferably Hi-Res.
- Don’t look for photos that are ‘pretty’, look for photos that are Good. Have someone assist you to get a second glance, sometimes we are our worst critics.
- You will want a second opinion if working on your child’s portfolio due to our inability to believe any photo of our children is not the cutest ever.
And that pretty much sums up how to ‘build’ the Portfolio. Next I’ll discuss how to Prepare and Pose for shots. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!