5 Critical Questions Answered to Help You Build a Great Modeling Portfolio

You will never get a second chance to make a great first impression and in this business, it’s all about first impressions. When you’re creating a great modeling portfolio, you’ll need to have a critical eye as well as high standards.

Is there an ideal size for photos?

If you’re in New York or Los Angeles, 9×12 and 11×14 are required while in London, you’ll probably need smaller snapshots. It depends on the market you’re working in and what you want to do. If you’re looking for print work 8.5 x 11 is optimal and what’s used in many metropolitan markets.

Do I need more than one professional photographer?

If you have the money to spend, then you can hire several photographers but you won’t get more work because of that. The key to getting your portfolio notices is to showcase the photos that show you at your best, that highlight your talents, especially if you’re an actor, and then execute a well-planned marketing strategy designed to get you more opportunities.

How many photos will I need?

In most cases, less is more. You’ll want to choose the photos that have that are considered exceptional by you and your photographer. If you’re new, six to 12 is enough to showcase. You can go up to twenty only if they are truly excellent photos. If you’ve purchased a book for your photos and you only have less than 12, put the photos on the right side of the book; the empty left side makes it seem like there’s more to look through.

What do I need to wear in my photos?

Some portfolios include, a full length fashion shot, a casual no makeup shot with jeans and a shirt as well as a swimsuit shot and maybe a lingerie shot. The truth is there is no type of photo you have to do for a portfolio. Of course, the more you’re willing to do, the more opportunities you’ll have available but the point of a modeling portfolio is to showcase your best look in a way that is natural and comfortable. A great photographer can bring that out no matter what you’re wearing.

Should I stick with color or do black and white photos?

If you want to show the full range of your look and talent, do both. Black and white photos are artistic and convey certain moods better than with color. Don’t be afraid to show different sides of yourself.

Remember, great photos plus a well-executed strategy equal more opportunities.

Here are some of the latest pictures I took for one of the London agencies.

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