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