A collection of things we do, and an educational section for models.
"Polaroid" may be a dated camera, but the word is commonly used for test shots by photographers (roids), and within agencies when describing un-retouched, non-professional images of talent used to depict their real selves.
These are the most important shots you can take when trying to get signed as a fashion model. We take them at CAT-Shoots as part of agency submissions but you can take them yourself!
Here's a step by step guide to how to get these important shots without making common mistakes that can keep you from getting signed!
There are several poses, all of them taken under the same conditions. We'll show you examples. First, some very important things:
Taking the pics. Or: Get your Polaroids from us and submit them to agencies
When you take these images, any digital camera will work. Take the pictures outdoors in natural light without flash (if possible). How do you do this? Follow these simple steps and look at the examples below:
Now for the 6 pictures: (Click on any to make bigger)
The first three pictures are head-shots. First, show your natural self without smiling. Don't try and pose your face, just a reasonably blank look with your mouth closed. make sure the camera is turned sideways for all shots (portrait orientation) and frame just above the top of the head, and have the face fill 2/3rds of the frame.
Your last head-shot will be your profile. Don't just turn your head but stand facing sideways so you don't have a twisted neck. Just stand with your feet pointed 90 degrees from the camera. Don't forget to have your hair up, or in a ponytail!
Do not try and pose! You want your body falling naturally. The top of the frame should be just above your head and the bottom should be well below the knees. Showing your feet is optional but we don't like it.
One more time from behind. Stand the same way for all three full body pictures.
Many people are embarrassed by these images so they want to add makeup, and prefer more flattering poses. The new faces people at major agencies know exactly what they are looking for and can see past blemishes and other faults. Do not try and hide anything, it will work against you.
What else to include.
When you submit the images electronically to an agency, send a very short note. They won't read much and there are some very important things to include:
That's it! That's all you need to send an agency, but one other thing: Agencies have open calls. Those that do you should go visit in person and bring prints of your digital Polaroids as well as your book and link to your modeling portfolio if you have one.
You can also get your Polaroids from us