At its core a modeling portfolio is a collection of photographs you used to represent yourself. Whether you’re an aspiring model or one with years of experience. The one thing that you will all have in common is a modeling portfolio. Having a modeling portfolio is the first step to becoming a full-time fashion model and is not something that you can ignore. Of course, your modeling portfolio should be the best photos you have and should be representative of the skills and talents that you bring to the table.
Having head-shots in your portfolio is something that is universal in the fashion industry. From there, you and your photographer will decide on the other looks that will work best for you. Often, you’ll pick something casual or sporty, and another photo that’s more formal. The last photo is something that is unique to you and could be anything from a photo that shows off your incredible abs, your sporting prowess, or your awesome hair. You and your fashion photographer will be able to hash this out fairly quickly and early on in the process.
Don’t be lured in by the idea that you need a lot of photos in your portfolio. It’s simply not true. In fact, if you have too many I would bet that most of the photos will be ignored or you’re not going to be taken seriously. At first blush, an art director or fashion designer is only going to take a look at a few of your photos and make a snap decision from there. There’s no point in overwhelming them with photos that they aren’t going to look at. And it’s only going to take one poor photo that they don’t like for them to remove you from consideration.
Of course, the best thing you can do for your modeling portfolio is have the photos taken by a professional. Bad photography is the fastest way to make sure that you never get hired. Of course, there’s cost considerations to keep in mind, but if you want to be taken seriously in the industry, professional grade photos are must.
If you think you might be ready to start an aspiring career in the fashion industry, fill out a modeling contact form and we can discuss all of your options and get you started down the right path in your modeling career. The professionals at The Bauer Gallery have years of experience and can advise you on the best practices and courses of action so that you can show off all of your terrific features, in order to get a great head start in your modeling career.
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