When you are first starting out as a new model you will inevitably need to decide when it’s the right time to invest in professional modeling photos. Should you have professional photos before you meet with modeling agencies and scouts? Or, should you wait until after you meet with them?
If you are meeting with agents and scouts in person, it is not necessary for you to have professional modeling photos. All you need to do is show up. Modeling agents and scouts are trained to see the potential of a new model and are able to use their “eye” to determine whether or not you will be successful.
It is important for you to put in the effort to get all aspects of your modeling portfolio right. It’s not only about shooting your portfolio, there’s a lot more planning that goes into creating a great portfolio.
Deciding on the type of photos you need
It’s important to know beforehand exactly the kind of images you want out of your model portfolio shoot. Lay down the specifics of photos that you need for a well-balanced portfolio, for the types of modeling you are best suited for. Make sure that you get great portraits, close-ups, and full-body shots as well.
Hiring a professional hair and make-up artist
Although not a must, but its recommended to get a professional hair and make-up artist for your portfolio shoot. A professional can add a lot of value to your portfolio images and make you look even better with the right styling of your hair and make-up.
Handpick the best images for your portfolio
After your photoshoot, its time to get down to the process of choosing the right images for your modeling portfolio. Balance your choices and focus on getting both versatility and quality. Don’t end up choosing multiple images in the same pose or wardrobe.