Is a Professional Modeling Portfolio Required to Become a Model?
New models often ask us if they need a professional modeling portfolio (or what we call a “book”) filled with professional photos before approaching modeling agencies. It is an important question since modeling portfolios can be very expensive often costing between $1500 – $3500 for one session plus the cost of prints.
New models may also run into so called “agencies’ that insist that they purchase portfolios 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.
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 a modeling portfolio that is fine too. However, you will often find that the agents and scouts will also ask you to submit digitals or Polaroids in addition to professional photos.
Think plain snapshots don’t work? Check out our discovery Laura LaRue’s snapshots that she used when she first created her model profile with ModelScouts.com.
Within a few days ModelScouts.com obtained modeling contracts for Laura with Elite Model Management, Los Angeles; LA Models, Los Angeles; Diva Models, Singapore, and Zem Models, Osaka, Japan. Laura is now a professional international model whose clients include Chanel, Dior, David LaChapelle, Women’s Wear Daily, Orly Nails, Sony Ericsson, Jeremy Scott and more!
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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