First impressions are always important. However, in the modelling industry, first impressions are everything! So how do you make a killer first impression in the modelling industry? Two words: modelling portfolio.
Your modelling portfolio acts as your modelling resume. It can determine whether you land a meet and greet, whether you are signed with an agency, and even whether you land a career-defining contact. We've put together a couple of FAQs for you to check out to help you build your first modelling portfolio!
It is so important that you show your diversity as a model within your portfolio. You want to think about showcasing your strengths and starting to build your own personal brand. To do this, we recommend having a combination of headshots and full body shots as well as having some poses on the ground, some with a chair, and some standing. Throughout your portfolio, your images should tell a story.
As an emerging model, you should avoid including every photo that has ever been taken of you in your portfolio. You should work on having 6-12 photos in your portfolio. This number allows you to develop your own personal brand and show image variety, whilst limiting the risk that you are going to be tempted to include images that aren't quite up to scratch or are too similar to others.
Yes! Black and white photos can be incredibly effective! Remember, you want your portfolio to show variety. Having a good combination of both colour and black and white photos is a great way to keep your portfolio interesting.
Obviously, a bit of outfit variety is great within a modelling portfolio. This is because it allows you to show your potential clients a range of looks that you are able to model. The only problem with this is that as a beginner within the industry you are unlikely to have that many photoshoots to draw images from. As such, when you are looking to get a photoshoot done for your portfolio, take a few different outfits along with you. Ideally, you should try to have three different outfits within your portfolio to showcase the perfect amount of diversity.
YES! It is so important that your portfolio is made up of only professionally shot and edited photographs. All photos must go through portfolio edit before they are ready for a portfolio. This is not to alter your natural beauty - It is actually to highlight you in the photograph and to ensure you look your best - just like you would in a professional shoot.
If you need to organise a photoshoot, check out our recommended photographers + packages here.
Choosing the right photos to include within your portfolio is always tough. If you need some help though, here are some things to consider...
Remember, it's always good to ask for other people's input when you are developing your portfolio. Your photographer can usually help you to select appropriate images but always remember the final decision is always yours - go with the photos you love!
The best thing to do is create a PowerPoint presentation with your chosen 6-12 major edited images. On the first slide include a headshot,
your name, age, height (cm), contact details (a parent/guardian if under 18). After the first slide, include each of your images, each on a
separate slide. Once you are happy with your portfolio, save it as a PDF. Finally, we recommend to either get them printed into a hardcover
book, or print them out and put them within a folder.
Check out our beautiful Emma's portfolio! She has a variety of poses, outfits, and shots within her portfolio but remember to get started you only need 1-2 different outfits.
Yes! Over the years we have worked with some pretty incredible photographers who you are able to book your portfolio photoshoot with. We have put together some incredible photoshoot packages that you can book with any one of our recomended photographers. Any of the portfolio-edited photos you get in these packages will be perfect for your portfolio.
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