Do you want to be a Model? Build a Model Portfolio.



Launching a modeling career is tricky enough, but you'll make it even harder if you don't have a portfolio. The good news is that they're easy to put together, and a good modeling portfolio can make the difference between getting that modeling job and losing it.

1. Determine your model type. There are many different types of modeling, some with very specific requirements in terms of physical appearance and skill level. While it’s true that the most common types of modeling do require tall, thin people, there are other types of modeling where the preferred body style is more flexible.

  • Live modeling is one example where personality is more important than an exact body type or look. Live models represent companies at trade shows, shopping malls, and other venues to promote a particular product or brand. Since live modeling requires interacting with many people, it’s important that the model is outgoing and has a sunny disposition.
  • Fashion modeling is the most common type of modeling that people know about. In terms of looks, a wider range is acceptable, from conventionally beautiful to striking.
  • Commercial print modeling is a catch-all for models who appear in advertisements in magazines and newspapers. It can range from swimsuit modeling to portraying a specific role, such as businessperson, doctor, or representative of a particular demographic. Appearance requirements vary with the type of job. For instance, swimsuit models need to be curvy, yet show good muscle-tone, while representatives of a particular demographic simply need to be attractive examples of that demographic.
  • Body part modeling showcases a particular body part, such hair, legs, or hands. If you have lustrous hair, graceful hands, or legs that go on forever, consider this modeling type.

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2. Hire a professional photographer. Call some local modelling agencies and find out who they use or freelance photographers in your area. Photographers who work in the industry will have experience with models. Also a make - up artist will help a lot in giving and create different looks!

Pick out your clothing for the shoot. It’s important to realize that the purpose of your portfolio is to sell you. To that end, keep your clothing choices simple. Choose solid colors. Opt for clothing that you know fits you well: avoid anything that’s too tight or loose.

Prepare to demonstrate versatility. Having a number of looks suited to the type of modeling for which you are suited is essential. If the photographer is good, he or she will know what types of pictures and looks you will need.

  • Headshots are images where the model's face is depicted clearly. Usually coming in 8x10 sizing, the picture is typically of the model's head and upper torso, taken at close range. It's important that the headshot focus on the face. They are also usually taken with minimal make-up, so that the model's facial structure and skin tone are evident. Every model needs one in his or her portfolio.
  • Beauty shots, on the other hand, are artistic images, that like the headshot, are of the model's head and upper body. However, unlike headshots, the model is made-up and may be posed dramatically. If you want to work as a commercial print model, this photograph is a must for you.
  • Fashion shots are exactly what they sound like: photographs of the model wearing different outfits, with the focus being on the clothing. Even the model's make=up complements the outfit. These images are for fashion models.
  • Another photo that's important if you want to go into commercial print modeling is the editorial shot. Centered around a story, here's is where you'll be playing a character in a particular narrative.

Communicate with the photographer. Good communication between model and photographer is essential for great pictures. Listen carefully to what the photographer wants. Try not to be nervous, but do acknowledge that the feeling is normal...even models who have been working for years get nervous.



2.Showcase your confidence and charm. You want your pictures to capture the essence of what you can bring as a model: your vivacity and ability to portray varied characters and moods. Don’t be afraid to show off. This is your time to shine.

3.Get a portfolio book printed. Your photographer may offer this service and can help you to choose those portraits that really reveal your personality and your best side of you. If not, any photo printing place can do it for you. Professional photographers  can also create a disc of your portfolio, too. Another option in addition to a printed version is an online portfolio. In that case it's best to hire someone to design a website to host it rather than trying to do this yourself. Otherwise, it will appear amateurish.

Good luck!

and don't forget that good pictures make a difference!

Yes they do!