If you’re a burgeoning model, and you’re looking for work, you’ll know how important a brilliant portfolio is. Most of the time, the agent or client you want to work with won’t meet you face to face, and your only contact with them is through your portfolio. So, you need it shows off everything about you – from your work ethic to your looks to your style.
However, every other model starting out is doing exactly the same. When that happens, you need to make sure that your portfolio is the one that an agent remembers. Once you’ve got more jobs under your belt, and your name is more recognizable, you won’t have this issue. Until then, you need to ensure that your images are the ones that an agent remembers, and therefore wants to use.
Include a good range of shots
Your portfolio isn’t just showing you as a pretty face. It’s showing your ability to understand a brief; to work with a photographer; to adopt different characters; to portray different moods. So, you shouldn’t just have an entire collection of photos of you looking pretty. Push the boat out, and go for distinct, memorable shots that show off your entire range of poses and styles. Of course, you need to keep your desired clients, agent, and industry in mind, so if you can, try to tailor your images to them.
Try editing in a different way
While you don’t want to appear over-edited, sometimes including one or two shots that are very different will be enough to stick in the mind of the person reviewing your application. Using a magazine cover template is a good way to show your image on the front of a publication, and having post-production done shows how you’ll look once a professional team has dealt with your shots. However, don’t go overboard on the editing! The agent wants to know what you look like – not what you think you should look like. Portfolios must usually show your natural beauty so they can see what they have to work with.
Work with brilliant photographers
A brilliant photographer will know how to get the right shots for your portfolio and will make a huge difference when it comes to the final image. From the right lighting to directing you properly, you’ll be able to show off everything you need to, without being hindered by an amateur. However, this doesn’t mean you should pay lots of money for a portfolio photo shoot: there are plenty of photographers in the same position as you, who want to use models to increase their own portfolio. If you can find a photographer in this situation, you’ll be able to work together to get the benefits you want.
Less is more
If you’re just starting out as a model, you shouldn’t be sending off a portfolio filled with images. Including six to twelve images is a good starting point, and will give you enough scope to portray all you need to. However, if you’ve had a few jobs, you could think about including a few more. On the subject of less is more – make sure you include a headshot showing you off in as natural a way as possible. Agents will often want to see a ‘blank canvas’ as well as what you can do when you’re working.