Why is portfolio required:
A portfolio is an important tool for a model to gain qualified work. It is a collection of professionally shot images that is eventually your visual modeling CV used to promote your skills and abilities in front of the camera. Although specialized images are not needed to apply to agencies a portfolio is something that they will need to market you in the future and you can use to market yourself to freelance opportunities. It is almost impossible to be put forward for or apply to castings without portfolio, as agents and casting directors will want to see that you have the confidence, experience and great ability in front of the camera before offering you paid work.
What are the various kind of portfolio:
Digital Portfolio & Printed Portfolio
What is a digital portfolio?
Your digital portfolio is a disk having your chosen images from the shoot. When purchasing digital images, you are paying for the copyrights. If you are purchasing any portfolio with Fashion Photography Mumbai whether it is digital, printed or an e-Folio, you will need to pay for the rights to use the images first. Having your images on disk also means that you don’t need to worry about them ever getting damaged or lost as you can download them straight to your computer. They can also be used over and over again as you can email them to agencies or clients to promote yourself, unlike prints where you only receive one copy. They also allow additional retouching, resizing and cropping where you or your agency sees fit.
What is a printed portfolio?
Your printed portfolio is a book of 10-20 A4 fully colored images. This book is what you will take along to castings and to model agency interviews to show them your modeling experience and what you are capable of in front of the camera. Just like your digital images your printed portfolio is a collection of professional images that need to say something about you, this is why on the day of the shoot one of our professional image consultants will work with you to select the strongest shots and make sure that you have a good selection of all looks.
What is a good portfolio? or What types of pictures should a model’s portfolio contain?
A portfolio should showcase the type of work you want to do, not so much the type of work you have done and are no longer doing. It should be narrowly focused to show that the model can be very good at modelling in a few related genres. A good combination might be fashion, beauty, commercial, and swim wear. There is no reason a model can’t create multiple portfolios targeted for specific genres. Some models will argue that they want to put in a little of everything to showcase their versatility. That model probably works better for models targeting photographers as clients. Models who want to target agencies, casting directors, and commercial clients should show only their strongest images in specific categories. Any weak images will weaken the entire portfolio.
Examples of bad model’s portfolio include:
Same outfit in different poses.
Different outfit in the same location.
All pictures done by one or two photographer.
Unretouched images showing flaws.
Poorly shot photos of model in no name runway fashion shows.
Personal snapshots such as photos from a wedding or any photos which include non models.
Examples of good model’s portfolio for agency models:
Natural light shots.
Full length fashion shot in front of seamless paper.
Swimsuit shot but not one of the model standing in the woods miles from water.
Tear sheets but not webzines. If no one has heard of it, don’t use it.
Very light makeup shot or no makeup shot if the model can pull it off.
At least one picture pairing model with another model.
Sexy but tasteful lingerie shots. Think La Perla, not Frederick’s of Hollywood.
For commercial portfolios:
A very strong head shot.
Shots showing model interacting or playing a role.
Shots showing model conveying a mood or message.
Interaction shots with other models or objects.