Even most models you know have agents and most of the times agents are suppose to make things happen for you, your portfolio is what mainly gets you the job. Having a great portfolio is what every model needs and there is effeminately a right way and a wrong way to put one together. Making sure your portfolio not only has great photography but you want to make sure that majority of your pictures capture the look you are going for.
(1) As a model you need to understand where you stand in the Modeling Industry. You must know that you are better in one category than you are in others. Figure out which category will get you the most jobs. One you figure this out, make sure that the pictures you take reflect that category. Whether it is, swimwear, glamour, athletic or Vogue, you must pick one to stand out in.
(2) As a retired model I have learned that you can’t just look in the mirror and say that you are a model and or have the potential to be one, you must practice, learn and study. Take the time to look over magazines, Elle. Vogue, Mademoiselle all can teach you a thing or two about models and photography. Learn different poses as well as different ways to set up your background.
(3)Talk to other models and request to see how their portfolio is setup. Being able to relate and get ideas from other models will actually get you ahead. I would advise you speak with models with more experience so that you get more out of the lesson.
(4) Be very choosy about the photographer that you pick. Not everyone who says they are a photographer is one. Ask to let at their film and also ask for references. You want to make sure that you get what you are looking for before you pay tons of money for pictures you may not like.
(5)Once you choose the photographer you are looking for, set up a time to meet face to face. Ask if you could possibly get a sample shoot to see how well you two work together. Most photographers give you a sample shooting on the house so try to make this an option, if they don’t.
(6)As a newbie to modeling, you aren’t going to have the luxury of having your own make up stylist, so you might want to make sure you have everything you need before your photo shoot. Staying professional at all times, coming prepared elevates your confidence which makes for a better photo shoot.
(7) During your photo shoot try using different body angles, facial expressions, and poses. This will give you many more pictures to choose from. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, you never know how it will turn out.
(8)Choose the pictures that not only flatter you but choose pictures that you think others would choose over you. You would be surprised at what fashion designers and clients look for.
(9) Make sure that once you put together your portfolio, that you keep it up to date. Usually you will update it every 4 to 6 months or so. Depending on how serious you are as a model. You want to always make sure that you stay on top of the latest trends and fashions.