I’ve talked about it dozens of times, but lately I’ve been dispensing a lot of tips on how to compile an effective modeling portfolio. So what does effective mean? Let’s go back to the purpose of the portfolio: get hired for modeling jobs! That’s its only purpose. It’s not to show off your latest shoes or impress friends. Follow the advice below and you’ll be on your way.
- Use a specific album for your portfolio. If you have an account on a site, make sure your portfolio is the first thing people see. Keep non-portfolio images elsewhere.
- Use recent photos. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite photo. Nobody hires you based on what you looked like a year ago, it’s what you look like now. And don’t think you’re unchanged for the last two years. Even if it’s for the better, the camera can see the difference.
- You don’t need professional photos! The photos just need to be clear and well-lit. I prefer a snapshot where I can see the model over a dramatic masterpiece that shows me nothing of her bone structure, skin, and eyes.
- Don’t pose for your primary shots. Include a shot of your face and one of your body. You can show off your posing ability in a few shots but also show the raw materials.
- No Photoshop! Don’t include retouched images without declaring them. That is false advertising. If you want to include a couple finished images you can, but better to post them on Flickr than in your portfolio.
- Don’t be afraid to delete. Old images can be nice to look at and you may want to save them for the comments, but move them somewhere outside your portfolio.