THE A B Cs OF YOUR VERY FIRST MODELLING PORTFOLIO
Think: Camera. Lights. Makeup. Action.
So you have finally decided to become a model. Congratulations on making up your mind but the journey has just begun so buckle up for the ride. First thing is first: What type of model do you want to be? A few examples are commercial modeling, runway modeling, body parts modeling & plus size modeling (feel free to do your own research and find out which category best suits your wants, needs and desires). After choosing the type of modeling you want to be involved in the next step is making a modeling portfolio.
What is a modeling portfolio you may ask? Think of is as a resume but specifically for your modeling career. The same way all those characteristics you list down in words on a resume speak to your potential employer is the same way the compilation of shots (pictures) you choose to put in the portfolio should speak to your potential agency or employer. Try to make every shot included in the portfolio express something unique about your personality and character but again this should be in line with the type of modeling you want to be involved in. Sounds complex doesn’t it? It is really not. All you have to do is to do exhaustive research on the modeling you want to pursue. For example, a runway model should show some form of composure and if that’s your targeted category it would not be a good fit to put a shot of yourself high up in a mango tree smiling wildly, mango in hand even if you are the most outgoing person and are trying as best as possible to show this. In other words stick to the poses, wardrobe, location, looks, themes and concepts that are you but would make sure that you shine above all other contenders in your targeted category.
I assume you are a model because you love being in front of the camera and from a single shoot can end up with hundreds of pictures. Unfortunately you should try stick to at most twenty images in a single portfolio. Choosing gets overwhelming doesn’t it? I know it does. In your portfolio make sure you always include
- head shots – with and without you smiling, with and without makeup
- full body shots
- three quarter shots
- half body shots
Try to mix it up a bit. It would be boring to sift through different poses of an absolutely stunning model (like you) but in the same clothes. So make sure that you include creative pictures (modeling is an art after all) that show off your talent but also have different wardrobe items. Preferably all the shots should be taken by a professional photographer with good recommendations whose previous work represents what you would like to be known as as a brand. With your photographer’s help (or alone) you should choose shots that are high quality, versatile, make you shine and stand out enough to make an amazing first impression.
Last but not least,
- do not forget to put yourself out there by creating an online portfolio for example on a website or better yet joining and becoming part of the Zimmodels community which will add your portfolio to a catalog frequently viewed by potential employers and
- to get a presentably covered hard copy portfolio with all the good hand-picked shots printed out usually in a 8” x 10” size.
Best of luck on this new exciting journey you are about to embark on and as you create your portfolio; do not forget to have fun and enjoy yourself because the camera will capture that essence and you can use it to your advantage.