Find out what makes a good portfolio and how you should show yourself to the world
You should know that your modelling portfolio is a true first impression of yourself as a model. A portfolio will always be the first thing that agencies and clients look at before they even choose to see you in person. And for that reason, it is highly recommended to focus on the building of an impressive modelling portfolio that will enable you to establish a successful career as a model.
It doesn’t matter how many Instagram or Facebook followers you have, you need a dedicated Lookbook if you want your modelling work to be seriously considered.
- Better to have 10-12 really great pictures than 40-50 average shots.
- Show a range of expressions and movement in your chosen shots that show how natural you are in front of the camera.
- Never underestimate the benefit of adding at least one humorous shot – it amplifies how relaxed you are in front of the camera.
- Keep your make up to a minimum and your hair style natural – people will see your potential and can adapt your ‘blank canvas’ for their shoot as necessary.
- Keep your clothes simple so they don’t distract from your face and shape.
- Add a couple of casual, spontaneous ‘Polaroid style’ snaps to re-emphasise your confidence in front of the camera.
- Make sure your 10-12 shot portfolio has a selection of both head shots and full body shots.
- Make sure you include a variety of different looks. Don’t edit and use the same shot twice.
- Include a couple of black and white shots in your portfolio.
- You’re only as good as your worst shot – so choose your portfolio shots wisely.
- If you can show a selection of photographs from different photographers in your portfolio, this will show your versatility and your experience.
- Avoid baggy clothes in your portfolio. It tips people off that you may have something to hide!
- Always be thinking about those 10 shots you want in your portfolio and how you are going to get them. Don’t completely ignore “free” photo opportunities if you are only interested in paid modelling work. It might be with a great photographer. That one shot together with the rapport you build could be worth its weight in gold.