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What should be in my portfolio as a Model?!

21st June 2012 in Uncategorised - No Comments - 2 min read

Having images in your portfolio is very important..you want
to be able to show potential clients the best of you. So..what type of images
do you put in your portfolio? 

Have a Polaroid type photo of your face, with no or minimal make up, and a full
length photo.
This will show your clients what YOU really look like with out any fancy
lighting, editing, make up artist etc etc.

Other type of professional photos to include in your
portfolio would be, natural looks, and dramatic/bold looks. You want to be able
to show that you are versatile, you’re not just a one trick pony who can 
only
pull off one look.

Make sure you have a mix of images that range from beauty, fashion, editorial,
and make sure that not all of them are just in a studio, or on location.

Personally I have two types of portfolios. I have my online one, and I have a
printed one. The printed one I take with me to all my shoots, so if I am at a
photoshoot, and I am working with people who haven’t seen my work online..then
I can show them my printed folio and give them a link to where they can find
more of my work.   


In my printed portfolio, I started off with only 10 images. There was 5
headshots, and 5 full length or ¾ length. As I have done more and more work, I
have added to it, and taken away the images that are maybe not my strongest any
more. I have asked opinions of other professionals, if I can not decide on
particular photos from the same shoot, or that are quite similar. I have also
asked for peoples opinions on my portfolio as to which are my strongest and
weakest images. This, I find is important to do, as you become attached to the
images yourself…so asking a few different people what they prefer, and why,
can help you to decide what should and should not be in your portfolio.

Keep your portfolio up to date!! If you keep around a printed portfolio that
hasn’t been updated for more than 6 months (depends on how often you book a
shoot) think about looking through your images you have received most recently
and pick one or two that would help update your current portfolio.

 
 

I hope this has helped…and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate
to ask!! 🙂

Andrew James

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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