Creating a Modeling Portfolio.
A portfolio is a group of professional images of
a model in various styles, looks, make-up, expressions and outfits. A type of resume for the modeling world..
A good portfolio shot by an experienced photographer
not only enhances your chance of getting a good break in the fashion industry but also gives you valuable experience. Since
the portfolio is so important to your entry into the modeling world, it has to be handled very carefully. It should highlight
your beauty, versatility, expressions and emotions. Show only your best work.
Have a good idea of what you want and what you can afford
before approaching a photographer to hire them to produce images for your portfolio. A portfolio shoot is a team effort. Discuss with the photographer what you are trying
to convey. Communication is important in creating a portfolio that you will be proud to show.
Also, if at all possible, you don't want just one photographer to contribute every shot to your portfolio. Start
with a variety of images from one photographer and go on from there.
Tips to look better during photo sessions
jewelry to a minimum - The same necklace in
different shots and outfits will detracts from the impact of all of those images.
solid colors - Avoid clothes that are covered with patterns and prints.
sure the clothes fit - Swimsuits,
for example, should be snug, with no gaps showing when they move. They also shouldn’t be too tight.
Vary your hair style -
When trying to create a variety of looks, short hair can present a challenge. For variety, try a wig. Don’t forget hats--
except for cowboy hats, which are way overdone. Hats can change the look of a model’s portfolio photos, too; look for
fun and interesting hats in thrift and discount stores.
Makeup - Vary your makeup
and color when changing hairstyles or outfits. This makes each portfolio image look truly different.
- Wearing the right shoes can make as much a difference as the right makeup.
You should bring along at least one pair of shoes with the highest heels they have--or can borrow. It changes the way they
stand and gives you a bit of height that all but the tallest models can use.
Do not hold
your breath - during
a photo session for a pose. The concentration usually shows in the picture.
Hold in your stomach -
to give a more toned appearance to the abdomen (even if you are in great shape).
good posture - Most people, including models,
do not have very good posture. Unless you're going for a casual look, keep your back straight and your shoulders up.
a pose - Don't keep both arms entirely straight
unless directed to do so for a specific pose. Bend one or both arms, even if only a little, to make the pose look less artificial.
Likewise, don't keep both legs entirely straight.
Don't always look straight at the camera - Instead, use a variety of head and eye positions: Try turning your head, tilting
your neck to one side or the other, or looking off to the side for some poses.
use a big smile for every pose - Sometimes try
a small smile, a pout, a laugh, a scowl, or even a frown, to give some variety to your facial expressions. Big smiles often
bring out unwanted facial lines that are not always attractive.
to what the photographer tells you – Pay attention to your photographer. Seek approval from the photographer, not bystanders. He can see you through the camera. You can't.
Preparing a Portfolio Presentation
should be organized and visually appealing - Loose photos, cut up contact sheets, loose slides, torn or bent photos, are signs of a poor portfolio
presentation. Just as an accountant wouldn't present his resume on a crumpled piece of paper, you shouldn't have a sloppy
portfolio. Your portfolio represents you; make it a lasting, positive impression.
of Photos -
Your portfolio (or "book" as it's
sometimes called) should have between 6 and 20 shots of you or work you are in. There should be a variety of poses and a combination
of headshots, half body shots, and full body shots.
of Photos - A high quality headshot is a must. After you get some experience, you
should have a couple different headshots showing different hairstyles and makeup looks. Your book should also contain shots
of you showing the kinds of work you want to do. If you want to be a swim wear model, have swim wear shots, not high
fashion, in your book. Versatility is good but don't get caught up in trying to be everything
of Photos - Models should have 11x14 cases with
either 8x10 or 11x14 photos. Actors should have 8x10 cases with 8x10 photos. Most serious models don't use 5x7's or smaller
in their books.
forget that your portfolio is a work in progress. It will be constantly changing and improving as your career advances. Also,
if at all possible, you don't want just one photographer to contribute every shot to your portfolio. Start with a variety
of images from one photographer and go on from there.
All the articles about glamour and fashion model posing are true to the best of our ability but Electric Tears Photography is not responsible for errors
in these model posing tips. This model posing guide is just a starting point so you should get as much modeling experience
as possible through your professional photographer.
All of these tips are adapted from various modeling and
photography sites on the Internet. You can do a search in a specific area online, and find a number of suggestions or
resources, including books, how-to-manuals, and classes. I do not claim to be an expert in any of these areas, but know through
personal experience, trial-and-error, and testimonials, that these things CAN work for some people.