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Examples of a good modeling portfolio (your book) can be found on model agency websites. Notice how different those images are compared to what you see on Facebook, Model Mayhem and other sites that amateur models post their modeling portfolios on?
One of the first things you'll observe about these modeling portfolios is that other than tear sheets, the models are styled simply and you won’t see any high fashion shots outside of tear sheets. The makeup is reasonably natural, or at least not glamorous in these model portfolios.
Aspiring models often fall into a trap of shooting for aspiring photographers, makeup artists and stylists that are working on their own portfolios. Some believe that they are getting somewhere simply because they are getting paid by these photographers. What's wrong with that?
- Well first of all, all these people are inexperienced which is exactly the reason they are working for free and paying models to shoot.
- The images are not really meant for your modeling portfolio, but for their own use.
- Even if they tell you that they are shooting you for your modeling portfolio, if they could really get you images for your book, they'd be charging models and agencies to enhance their model portfolios.
It's not that the images don't look good, often they do. But how obvious is it when someone styles you up like a Vogue model for an image that isn't published? Almost always, there are amateur like qualities to these images.
Your modeling portfolio should not contain couture type images, fancy hair, or dramatic makeup unless of course it's a tear sheet. Your modeling portfolio should be simple and only show you off.
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Links to more modeling portfolio articles:
Facts about Modeling Portfolios, Model Agencies and Casting
About your book or modeling portfolio
Applying to a model agency
Nudity and racy pictures in modeling
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