|“I want to become a model.
Can you help me with a portfolio?” Clients ask this question often. Some
have little or no experience. Others are looking to expand on their already
We are going to focus on building a foundation for a successful
portfolio. It doesn’t matter what type of specialty that the model would
like to excel in, as there is a basic foundation to all modelling
portfolios. Every model portfolio requires a headshot, a
three-quarter-length shot, a full-length shot, and a creative shot relating
to their specialty.
Normally, initial portfolios consist of a minimum of 10 photographs. The
average is between 10–20 photographs, having both colour and black and white
If the model already has a portfolio, it is important to review it with
them. Ask questions and offer suggestions. Find out what they are looking to
add. It is important to not duplicate what is already there. Rather, using
your own creativity, add a different style and look into the mix.
Variety is nice when you are creating a portfolio from scratch. I prefer to
use both indoor studio and outdoor locations for my sessions.
Part of the preparation is asking the models to bring a variety of outfits
from casual to dressy. We discuss the hair and make-up beforehand and make
appointments or arrange the stylist to be available on location. Creative
themes and ideas are discussed before the session so that any required props
are available. Shoes should also be discussed, as appropriate footwear for
each outfit is essential. Nothing ‘kills’ a full-length photograph quicker
than the wrong shoes for the outfit or theme.
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