Portfolio is a set of professionally clicked pictures of a
various dresses, looks
expressions. It's like a passport to modeling world.
Good portfolio gives a chance to the client or
agency to visualize that model in their forthcoming shoot so that they can
choose her accordingly. A good portfolio shot by an experienced photographer not
only enhances your chance of getting a good break in fashion industry but also
gives you a right start and confidence. Since portfolio is your first step to
enter into the glamour world it has to be handled very carefully. It should
highlight your beauty , moods, expressions and emotions.
Your portfolio is critically important for
your career because it's competing first.
Tips to look better during photo sessions
A portfolio shoot is a team effort, so be sure to discuss what you are trying
to accomplish before and during a shoot. Remember, it is only when you
communicate and cooperate will you be able to create great-looking images.
jewelry to a minimum - The same necklace in different shots and
different outfits detracts from the impact of all of those images.
Wear solid colors - Avoid clothes that are covered with
patterns and prints.
Make sure the clothes fit - Swimsuits, for example, should be snug,
with no gaps showing when they move. They also shouldn’t be too tight.
Vary your hair style
- When trying to create a variety of looks,
short hair can present a challenge. For variety, try a wig. Don’t forget
hats-- except for cowboy hats, which are way overdone. Hats can change the
look of a model’s portfolio photos, too; look for fun and interesting hats in
thrift and discount stores.
Makeup - Vary your makeup and color when changing hairstyles or
outfits. This makes each portfolio image look truly different.
Wearing the right shoes can make as much a difference as
the right makeup. Ask a model to bring along at least one pair of shoes with
the highest heels they have--or can borrow. It changes the way they stand and
gives them a bit of height that all but the tallest models can use.
Do not hold your breath
- during a photo session for a pose.
The concentration usually shows in the picture.
Hold in your stomach
- to give a more toned appearance to the
(even if you are in great shape).
Maintain a good posture
- Most people, including models, do not have
very good posture. Unless you're going for a casual look, keep your back
straight and your shoulders up.
Strike a pose - Don't keep both arms entirely straight unless
directed to do so for a specific pose. Bend one or both arms, even if only a
little, to make the pose look less artificial. Likewise, don't keep both legs
Don't always look straight at the camera
- Instead, use a variety of
head and eye positions: Try turning your head, tilting your neck to one side
or the other, or looking off to the side for some poses.
Don't use a big smile for every pose -
Sometimes try a small smile,
a pout, a laugh, a scowl, or even a frown, to give some variety to your facial
Listen to what the photographer tells you -
He can see you through
the camera. You can't.
Preparing a Portfolio Presentation
Your portfolio should be organized and visually appealing
photos, cut up contact sheets, loose slides, torn or bent photos, are signs of
a poor portfolio presentation. Just as an accountant wouldn't present his
resume on a crumpled piece of paper, you shouldn't have a sloppy portfolio.
Your portfolio represents you; make it a lasting, positive impression.
Number of Photos -
Your portfolio (or "book" as it's sometimes
called) should have between 6 and 20 shots of you or work you are in. There
should be a variety of poses and a combination of headshots, half body shots,
and full body shots.
Kinds of Photos -
A high quality headshot is a must. After you get
some experience, you should have a couple different headshots showing
different hairstyles and makeup looks. Your book should also contain shots of
you showing the kinds of work you want to do. If you want to be a swim wear
model, have swim wear shots, not high fashion, in your book. Versatility is
good but don't get caught up in trying to be everything. Stick to what you are
suited for and are interested in.
Sizes of Photos - Models should have 11x14 cases with either 8x10 or
11x14 photos. Actors should have 8x10 cases with 8x10 photos. Most serious
models don't use 5x7's or smaller in their books.
Before approaching a photographer to hire them to work for you on your
portfolio, have a good idea of what you want and what you can afford. Remember,
If at all possible, you don't want just one photographer to contribute every
shot to your portfolio. Start with a roll or two from one photographer and go
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