Starting a Modeling Portfolio {Asheville Portrait Photographer}

So you want to be a model? Right on! What a FUN and rewarding endeavor! I can say that, I was on your side of the camera for years as a teen and even a little in my twenties. Believe it or not, it is fun but it can also be challenging. No really, I said challenging. No worries, the more time you spend in front of my camera, the easier it becomes. Your nerves subside, your confidence builds, you even start to have fun (Gasp!)

What kinds of images do you need to start a portfolio? It varies from agency to agency but for the beginners out there you will need headshots and full body shots. Initially, you need these images with a relatively neutral background and a very natural “look”. It is actually called the “No makeup, makeup”. I know, you’re reading this with a heavy heart, you’re ready to stand on a ladder in a 20′ gown right in the middle of a landfill with the most amazing hair and makeup ever (And when you’re ready to shoot it, I’ll be there – I LOVE editorial stuff) but no, when you are starting out keep it simple. These agencies want to see the neutrality so they can visualize your person in their clients’ concepts.  You will need two outfits: a causal look with a solid tee or tank top and a pair of jeans, and something dressy that is flattering to your body shape. There is one exception to this general rule of thumb. If you have a physical talent/skill (ie. – a ballerina, aerialist, etc) it would be a good idea for you to bring your costume alongside your two neutral outfits and have your photographer shoot you in “action”.

What should your portfolio look like? Well, back in the day we carried 11×14 port cases with 8×10’s. Those days aren’t necessarily gone, but for the most part your casting will be accomplished online through a gallery with your agent.

Below I’m including a few images from a recent portfolio building session I had in Charlotte. Personally I think she did a great job! and it really gave me pause to consider how many of you out there who are considering modeling as a means to generate income, have some fun and possibly open other doors to opportunities in your career. This young woman was really sweet, followed direction very well (yes, you will need to be able to follow your photographer’s direction almost instinctually and with precision. But that will come with practice.) and we put together some really solid images to start her portfolio.

If you are considering building your modeling portfolio, please feel free to email me or call. My personal email is Cat@Studio-828.com

 

An example of a model's calling card or Comp card for short
Example Comp Card”
A young model building her portfolio with a very neutral makeup
A young model building her portfolio with a very neutral makeup
A full body shot including a neutral background
A full body shot including a neutral background
Young model in a staircase
Young model with a “not so neutral” background
This image would make a good presentation for a fitness model. It showcases her femininity and her body shape
This image would make a good presentation for a fitness model. It showcases her femininity and her body shape

casual full length pose with neutral background

young wnc model jumping
Showing your personality in your portfolio can be fun and show that you are open to more than just “look here smile. look here, serious.” Ya know, the standards. Broaden the modeling horizons

Asheville Photographer’s Mistress, New York City

I happened upon New York city last week…GAH! I love the city. My mother of course, likes to remind me of how expensive it is to live there (in other words, “don’t you dare move up north again” – I lived in Boston for four years) but I couldn’t care less. It is the best city in the world for a reason. Now, I was there on a business venture outside of Studio 828 Photography however, my phone camera and I had a little fun in between classes and I thought I might share some of that here.

Thank you New York and it is true, I ❤ NYC

Dumont has some AMAZEBALLS burgers!! If you're in Brooklyn, GO.
Dumont has some AMAZEBALLS burgers!! If you’re in Brooklyn, GO.
Sean was my host for the week. We were roommates in Boston long ago in a galaxy far far away
Sean was my host for the week. We were roommates in Boston long ago in a galaxy far far away
Why yes, that IS a $48 cut of steak. Yes please and thank you
Why yes, that IS a $48 cut of steak. Yes please and thank you
That steak was so good it deserved two pictures!
That steak was so good it deserved two pictures!
Not too busy on a Wednesday night
Not too busy on a Wednesday night
had a little fun with my Gopro camera...way too late at night
had a little fun with my Gopro camera…way too late at night
we played portrait in the subway. What ELSE are you gonna do while you're waiting for a train?
we played portrait in the subway. What ELSE are you gonna do while you’re waiting for a train?
They turned off the sign and let me turn ON my phone
They turned off the sign and let me turn ON my phone
A little self portrait never hurt anyone!
A little self portrait never hurt anyone!
My host Sean takes his mixology very seriously...I wont complain
My host Sean takes his mixology very seriously…I wont complain
Probably my favorite image of New York. Thank you iPhone!
Probably my favorite image of New York. Thank you iPhone!

Documenting the Rise of Asheville’s Newest Wedding Venue {Asheville Photographer}

I was introduced to Frances from some clients of mine about two weeks ago…Well, I should back up. Initially, Frances was hosting a barn raising event for her new sustainable living farm where they have gardens, bees, chickens, and more. She and her husband Jeff had decided that their end game was to get out of the city for a while and live…you guessed it…On a FARM!

At any rate, she had already booked a photographer to cover her first real event on the property so she wasn’t in need of my services. However, a few weeks later she discovered that to really handle her marketing professionally and appropriately she needed someone to help her lay the groundwork with photography. To shoot the property, to shoot HER (for speaking engagements, for some beautiful portraits etc.) for images on her own website and the list goes on. We met for lunch one afternoon (Thanks to Corporate Impressions) and the outline for the project was complete! You will be seeing quite a bit of Franny’s Farm on the blog and the website over the coming weeks so get ready for beauty, get ready for plaid and get ready for family!! Also, if you’re in need for a beautiful outdoor, intimate setting for your wedding this is IT ladies and gentlemen!

Also, she is hosting a benefit for Asheville High School’s 4H program on June 8th from 10am – 10pm with live music (from one of my personal favorites Mister Pierce Edens), farm animals, crafts and fun!!! You should definitely join us!

Our first installment on the Franny’s Farm Project, a little Beauty goes a Loooong Way! Meet Frances.

Makeup & Hair: Wendy Ballance from Blush by Wendy Ballance

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