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Essential Portfolio Photos Every Model Needs


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If you are still starting out as a model, you may not yet find it necessary to have your own professional photos. You will find that simple snapshots are going to be more than enough to allow you to find out if a modelling agency is going to be interested to represent you or not.

However, if there is a modelling agency that is interested in you, you may be required to build your portfolio. This would mean working a little more in order to develop your look. This can be quite confusing when you are still new to the profession. Most of the time, you may not even have any idea what it is exactly they need from you.

There are specific photos that agencies will want to see from you at the start of your career. Agencies would want to see snaps that will show not only your versatility but also your ability in expressing yourself. They would also want to see how well you are able to tell a story or portray certain emotions in your photos. Below is a list of essential photos that you need for your model portfolio.

A clean head shot or a beauty shot

For editorial of fashion models, a beauty shot is needed. If you want to be a commercial model, you are going to need a clean head shot. This should be the first photo that you are going to need to concentrate on for your very first photo shoot. This is a colour photograph featuring your face. Generally, it should be taken from your shoulders up. Its purpose is to show you in your most natural state so the agency can clearly see how you look minus the styling and the heavy make-up.

Full-length shot of the body

This shot lets the client see your body type and your proportions. When getting this shot, make sure to wear clothes that are form-fitting and simple. T-shirt and skinny jeans are usually fine. Avoid wearing skirts, long dresses, or clothes with way too many layers as these can distract exactly what your clients and agents want to see.

Swimsuit shot

If you are more than 16 years old and are quite comfortable doing this shot, then this is one photograph that you are going to need to have inside your book. Always think about the message you want to convey when taking the shot. Remember that there is a very fine line between looking sexy and looking slutty.

Smiling shot

Make sure to add a smiling shot somewhere in the photos that you are adding to your book. A good smiling shot from your shoulders up is a good choice. Clients and agents would want to see you and your smile, make sure that you will show your teeth too. Don’t worry about those gaps or those overbites. They will make you stand out and will even add more personality to your photographs.

Portfolio photos are very crucial for budding models if they are to land a contract with a modelling agency. Learn more about how to build a professional model portfolio by reading about Models Direct online.