fashion photography

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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Fashion Photography on Location

Fashion Photography on Location

Yesterday I had a location photo shoot which I planed few weeks ago.
As you probably now the biggest challenge for photographer is not the actual session but the whole preparation and putting all the parts together. I started by choosing a good model for this project. When you spend money on the photo shoot you want to make sure that everything is by the plan and you don’t want to find out on the day that the model you have, doesn’t really know what to do.
Luckily I knew right person for this who agreed to work with me. I have work with Karolina Bil on several project and I knew that she won’t let me down. Next step is make up artist and if you are long time enough in fashion photography you know who is good. For that reason I always work with my favourite makeup artist Gosia Peruzynska who can do absolutely miracles if comes to hair and make up.
Good model and good make up artist doesn’t come cheap but hey now body said is going to be easy…
So you have the right model and make up artist, now you can scout for the location and look for the good outfit. This time I knew exactly what look I’m after so I didn’t need any wardrobe stylist and if I want to find some good designer clothes I often go to TK Maxx.
You buy it, use it for the photo shoot and return it the next day. No problem…
So, when every thing is ready and planed down to the smallest detail and you are ready for the worst scenario and you think that there is nothing which can go wrong, guess what ? I didn’t think about wind.
It was so strong that we couldn’t even go to original location I choose for this shoot. Not to mention that we were using giant 2m shoot through umbrella from Westcott. Any way, we finally end up in another location somewhere between glass buildings having instead of two hours photo shoot just 15 min. But it was worth it. They say, Even the worst day in the field is much better then the best day in the office…
Below you can see some of the images from the day with the descriptions on how was done.
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On both of those images I have used giant 2m shoot through umbrella from Westcott with Elichrom Qadra positioned on the left side of the model.   Camera settings: 200mm, F3.2, 1/160, ISO 50

Here is one more article about photo shoot on location and all the challenges I had to overcome.

Fashion Photography – My job as a fashion photographer

What is Fashion Photography.
Fashion photography is not only about the clothing, or brand that is being shown, it’s about the message that the image projects to the viewer. To make beautiful and interesting fashion picture you need to put few very important ingredients together.
First and the most important is model, then the outfit, makeup and hair, location and the last will be lighting and photographer.
Obviously skills of the photographer are very important but no skill can help if you have a bad model, not knowing what to do wearing really bad outfit and makeup.
My journey with fashion photography begging some time ago, that was the time when I didn’t understand how important is this whole thing. I could put a model in front of the camera and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my pictures.
Took me some time to realise that it wasn’t about my lighting or my skills it was all about the models and the outfit. But I think this is the way we all start, and the more we learn the more we begin to understand what is all about. It takes time to built confidence, creativity and the understanding for the Fashion Photography. I the past I have been shooting for several companies with verity of clothing form lingerie to bridal and many others.

What is my job as a fashion photographer ?
It is not only to photograph clothing but also to illuminate the ideas and associations suggested by the seasons, the range of clothes, the designer or the design brand.
Fashion Photographer work both in studio and on locations to create original and eye-catching photographs that illustrate and advertise clothes, accessories and lifestyle.
Photographer must understand each client’s brand image and be able to work closely with other creative people to fulfil the idea. Fashion Photographer usually work in busy studios, and must have good experience in lighting and be able to work effectively under pressure.
Most of the time photographer has to work very fast to capture the entire collection within the hours.
The demand and pressure from the client is growing while the budgets for the photo shoots are shrinking every year.

Here are some of the images I took recently for few of my clients.



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