If you’ve considered modelling, the first thing you’ll need is a professional modelling portfolio. A portfolio will help showcase your personality, features, and more importantly uniqueness.
As a photographer, I view the process of creating a modelling portfolio as a unique and creative collaboration between myself and the model. It involves working together to create a cohesive and professional collection of images that showcase the model’s individual style, personality, and abilities.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for your modelling portfolio, as well as some photography etiquette and good practices to ensure the best results.
Establish good communication
First and foremost, it’s important for the photographer to establish clear communication with the model before the shoot. To ensure this, I’ll discuss with you the goals, preferred style, and any specific poses or shots you would like included in the session.
The more detail, the better as it will help me better understand your vision. If you’re not sure what you’d like, but still want to be prepared for the shoot, then do some research and save a few pictures that inspire you.
Be open to direction
It’s important to be open to the visions of the photographer too. Whether you’ve got experience modelling, or are a complete novice, I’ll still provide direction and guidance. This may include providing specific poses and movements, as well as offering feedback and suggestions throughout the shoot. You might feel slightly out of your comfort zone doing this – but trust the process, you’re in good hands!
Good modelling photography practices.
The photos taken in your session will be used to demonstrate to agencies why they should employ you as a model. So let’s go over some of the basic do’s and don’ts for a modelling shoot.
- If you’re going for plain, more natural photos, have clean tidy hair and minimal makeup. Let the photos do the talking for you.
- Consider having your hair and makeup done professionally. Studio lighting can alter the final result of your makeup, so trust the professionals.
- Have a simple manicure, stick to nude colours, or a sheer pink to deter from any distractions in the photo.
- Bring different outfit options. Different outfits, hairstyles, makeup looks and accessories will show agencies how versatile your modelling portfolio is.
- Practise some poses in the mirror. Doing this will help you feel more comfortable and confident during the shoot. It’s a good time to familiarise yourself with your best angles and features.
- Tan the night before. Turning up with a patchy, uneven tan the day of your portfolio shoot isn’t going to do you any favours. Avoid tanning in the sun too, you wouldn’t want any unsightly tan lines, or worse burns!
- Wear inappropriate clothes. If you know your photoshoot will be outdoors in a colder climate, it’s best to reschedule your swimwear shoot.
Build a relationship with the photographer beforehand
It’s only natural to feel nervous if this is your first time modelling, but I will do my best to make sure you’re feeling relaxed and comfortable. And that’s a promise! There’ll be plenty of communication before the shoot so you can get to know me a little bit better and the big day won’t seem so nerve wracking.
What to expect after your modelling photography session
It usually takes me around 1-2 weeks to edit the photos. They will be emailed to you through an online portal for you to view and download the images to your desktop.
So if you’re looking to put a professional modelling portfolio together, then please get in touch to discuss your ideas. I can’t wait to hear from you!