The headshot and
full body shot are important. Then pick any other three.
If you're just
starting out and don't have a black cocktail dress, for example, don't run
out and buy one just for our session. Bring something else that's dressy
and you can add those pictures at a later date. We'll work with what you
When selecting images for your portfolio, web page, or comp
card, make sure that they make you look
good. Too obvious to have to state, right? Well, after looking
at the images that many models have posted, it's pretty clear that some
models and photographers have lost sight of
why those images were created.
The goal is
not to replicate the look of a magazine ad where the model may be
insignificant. And it's not to show how artsy the photographer can be.
The goal is to make the model
look good. The goal is to end up with prints and digital images that when
shown to an agency will present the model
in the best light.
that at a minimum, your images should be technically excellent. Not over
or under-exposed, no harsh shadows, no blown-out highlights. Look at the
covers of magazines like Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. Do your photos
look like those? If not, why not?
Are the poses
flattering to you? Do the pictures show your best features while not
over-emphasizing any flaws you may have? Are you looking at the camera?
Do you have a smile or pleasant expression on your face? Do the
backgrounds call attention to you, or to themselves? The goal is to make
an art director say,
I want this model for my ad.
Don't settle for mediocre pictures!