Snapshots vs. Professional Photos - What Do Modeling Agencies Really Want?
New models often ask us if they need a modeling portfolio (or what we call a "book") filled with professional photos before approaching modeling agencies.
It is an important question since professional modeling portfolios can be very expensive often costing between $1000 - $2500 for one session plus prints.
New models may also run into so called "agencies' that insist that they purchase photo shoots from their in-house photographers before the model can be represented by the agency. This often creates confusion for new models because they don't know what is really required of them. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to only work with established and reputable modeling agencies and scouts.
Professional agents and scouts have what is referred to as "an eye" for new talent. As professional model scouts with over 30 years experience we are trained to see the potential in the clean slate that new models present to us. We don't want you to cover up your potential with too much makeup, hair extensions or weaves, special lighting or photography tricks. We want to see you!
Therefore, the answer to the question is - Basic snapshots or what is commonly referred to as "polaroids" or "digitals" are all that are required from new models. If you already have professional photos that is fine too. However, you will often find that the agents and scouts will also ask you to submit digitals or polaroids.
Think plain snapshots don't work? Check out our discovery Laura LaRue's snapshots that she used when she first created her modeling profile with ModelScouts.com, and a few of her photos after we obtained modeling contracts for her with Elite Model Management, L.A. Models, Diva Models, Singapore, and Zem Models, Japan.
Here are some tips to consider when submitting your snapshots:
- Photos should be clear and in focus
- Include at least one headshot and a full length shot
- Keep makeup to a minimum
- Keep hairstyles simple and well groomed
- Keep clothing simple and in good taste
- Include a swimsuit photo if you are comfortable wearing a swimsuit
- Do not submit nude photos
- Fancy clothing and makeup is unnecessary for kids. They should look like regular kids.
- Include any experience or training that you have
- Please do not wear fur in your photos. It is offensive to some agents and clients, and it's just wrong.
- You should be the only one in the photo
- Remember that first impressions are important
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Author - Vanessa Helmer
VALERIE R. - signed to FORD MODELS, Chicago; CED TALENT, New York
MARY ANN D., MOTHER OF CLAY W. - signed to NEW YORK MODELS, New York, LA MODELS, Los Angeles
JANINE M.- signed to EYE FOR I, Milan; ACTION MODELS, Greece
HOLLY L., MOTHER OF LAURA L. - signed to ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT, New York, Los Angeles; LA MODELS RUNWAY, Los Angeles; ZEM MODELS, Osaka