What is a modeling portfolio (your book)?
In short your model portfolio is a bound book of current pictures you have to show agencies, and potential clients. A successful model’s portfolio is filled with tears sheets (pages torn from magazines they have appeared in, either editorial or advertising).
Since you’re reading our beginner tips, you either don’t have tear sheets, or have a very limited amount of them. So what do you do?
If only working on getting signed, you can have “Polaroids” (we explain that more in Get Signed and again the Blog) and a limited amount of professional pictures taken expressly taken to show what you are capable of.
If you are pitching potential clients, you’ll need to increase the amount of professional pictures compared to Polaroids.
A mistake many models make, unless solely working on amateur (promotional) modeling is to use images taken by amateur photographers, or from “trade” shoots on amateur modeling websites. Most such images have a distinct look that agencies and most clients dislike.
Another mistake many aspiring models make is to use images that are overtly artsy, or contrived. You don’t want to have high fashion images unless they are tear sheets; it’s a sure way to scream “I’m an amateur model”.