Before you get into the modeling business, you need a resume where you can showcase yourself, your skills and your qualifications. You also need to have a modeling portfolio featuring a collection of photos that shows your versatility and your competence to represent the products or brands of future clients.
Your portfolio helps you create first impressions, and it has been known that these last longer than most. So, you have to learn how to build an exemplary portfolio that would not only inspire your prospects, but would ultimately allow you to land a modeling job.
What makes a perfect modeling portfolio? Scroll down to find out the best tips on how you can make yours beyond compare:
1. Know What Type of Model You Want to Become
To begin with crafting your portfolio, you have to first consider what kind of model you want to become. This will guide you with the choice of photos you want to display in your book and will give an idea to your possible clients as to what type of job in the modeling industry you want to pursue.
If you want to be in the glamour industry, you can start by studying how to look sensual, but professional in your photos and what poses you need to take in front of the camera for you to achieve your goal. If you want to land a job in the editorial side, work on your best angles and play around with your individuality.
Most beginners prefer to become freelance models before they kick off with their career and if you want to start out that way, then you can begin by checking out fashion and other modeling magazines to give you an idea how to create a variety of looks on your portfolio. You can do role playing or create different themes to create diversity among the images you include.
2. Plan for a Photo Shoot
Your photos are what will make your portfolio. So, before anything else, make sure you have them taken and looking professional. The only way to do this is to hire experts to do your photo shoot.
Here are the things you need to know before and during your photo shoot:
Before the Photoshoot
Hire Hair and Makeup Artists and Professional Photographers. There is no other way to achieve perfect shots for your portfolio than to gather a skilled team to help you create the best ones. Like they say, professionals just do it better. Do not settle for less. If you want to wow your clients, go for those who are experts in their craft.
Make sure the people you hire for the job are those you are comfortable to work with. It is very important that your confidence and your personality stand out in the photos. So, you need to work with the people, who will allow you to be just yourself.
Of course, they must fit in with your budget as well. But, if you really want to deliver high quality photos, then you might want to consider stretching your wallet a bit.
Choose a perfect location. Depending on your concept for the photo shoot, it is important to choose an environment that will allow you showcase your personality and give you lots of options to create variation on your photos. There are certain things to consider when choosing that perfect spot and that include the time and date of the shoot, the weather condition, and the lighting condition, if you prefer indoor pictorials.
Prepare your outfits. Your clothing is as important as your pose and your looks, so plan carefully what to wear. Make sure it fits the environment where you hold your photo shoot or the theme you want to go with.
Prepare at least three outfits to show your versatility. Accessories and other props are also recommended as they complement and enhance your basic outfits.
Practice your pose. One of the best ways to really prepare for your photo shoot is to practice. This may not necessarily make you perfect, but it will certainly bring you way ahead of the game.
Don’t get caught up in the lens unrehearsed. It will not only waste your time and the photographer’s, it will also lead to lost opportunities and affects your composure in front of the camera.
During the Photo Shoot
Below are the tips you need to remember during the day of your photo shoot:
Check on the details. Make sure your outfits are stain free and complete. Your accessories and your nails should also be clean. Ensure that there are no blemishes on your skin and your body is in perfect shape.
Be early. There are a lot of things to prepare on the set and sometimes, things won’t go your way no matter how you much you prepared for everything. With this, it is best for you to come early, so there is still time to fix unexpected dilemmas that come along the way.
Enjoy and have fun. Be natural and allow the camera to capture your charms by staying true to yourself. Don’t push it too hard. Enjoy the moment and have fun because photos can either uncover your struggles or display your graceful demeanor.
You are expected to deliver only the finest shots to create an outstanding portfolio. So, do well on your photo shoot and leave your second thoughts behind.
3. Organize Your Photos in a Portfolio Book
Now that you are done with the photo shoot, it’s time to select which pictures should be included in your portfolio.
Choose quality photos. Choose a variety of quality photos that show different backgrounds, outfits, poses, and angles. These photos should include head shots and full body shots, as well as those that will show your features from the waist up.
Be creative. Showing off your personality does not end after the photo shoot, but will continue when you organize your portfolio. The outcome of your book will also speak volumes of who you are. So, use your creativity with the arrangement of your photos. Keep your prospects interested from cover to cover.
In arranging your photos, it is best to place your best images at the beginning and towards the end of your portfolio, as these will most likely leave an imprint on your prospective clients.
Most portfolios are 8×10 or 8.5×11 in size, so make sure to match your photos with these sizes. For a newbie, 6 to 12 pictures in your book are recommended, but 20 photos should be your ceiling point.
4. Keep Your Portfolio Updated
Your portfolio should display your present appearance. It should show how young or old you actually are in person, so it is vital that you update it regularly.
Tip: You may add your modeling resume in your portfolio, which should include significant experiences relevant to the modeling industry as well as your height, size, weight and some other important information that your possible client may need.
Remember that a portfolio is your passport to the modeling world. It will make or break your career. So, put yourself into building a really good one. Remember that it is your ticket towards reaching your goal in the modeling industry.
Now that you have your portfolio ready, it’s time for you to go to the next step of your journey in this industry and prepare yourself as you go through modeling auditions and casting calls.Top Tips for Crafting the Perfect Modeling Portfolio by Holly Bissonnette