How to Pose for Model Portfolio Pictures

If you plan to model, your portfolio plays an important part in your career, don’t you agree? That’s why I posted these 3 essential model portfolio poses you must include in your book.

Enjoy! But, most of all, follow these steps to build a successful modeling portfolio.

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Getting Ready for Your Modeling Photo Shoot? Here are Three Portfolio Poses You MUST Include!

model portfolio poses

model portfolio poses

So, your modeling dream includes walking on the runway in NYC or Milan! Hold on! First things first!

Before you show up at national or local agencies to apply for jobs, you need some pics.

Guide to female model portfolios – How to Pose for Model Pictures

You should create a “book” of pictures to leave with the best modeling agencies when you go to open calls.

So, read these valuable tips for beginner models. They are important no matter who you are, whether you are a male or female.

Below, see the model portfolio poses you must include so you can present yourself as a professional in the entertainment business.

Pose #1 — The head-shot (close up)

model portfolio poses

model portfolio poses

In my opinion, the head shot pose remains the number one picture in your portfolio.

Basically, it’s a close up photo which shows only your face and shoulders.

When your photographer creates this model portfolio pose, ask him or her to shoot it pretty much head-on.

Also, the pose works well outdoors with good lighting.

Most female model portfolios include this image with little or no makeup to show your natural look.

This is because, the agency reps want to know what you really look like.

And, they want to know what they honestly have to work with.

So, do it right (according to their standards).

Pose #2 — Full length

Next, create a full body shot, or several if you will.

Shoot these modeling portfolio pictures wearing a variety of different outfits to suit the style and type female model you plan to be.

Important: Modeling agencies normally like to see at least one of these shots straight on.

So, shoot this photo wearing either slightly tight fitting clothing or maybe a swimsuit (especially if you plan to pursue glamour modeling jobs).

For the most part, they will be satisfied if your photographer poses you in a snug sweater or top (no tanks) and some slim fitting jeans.

Pose #3 — 3/4 length pictures

Similar to the full body above, your look should include some 3/4 length poses to round out your portfolio book.

These pictures show an assortment of..

The 3/4 pose is photographed from somewhere around your waist up.

Yes, these poses can be..

  • head on frontal
  • slightly skewed for a profile shot
  • or even a shot from the back (looking back toward the camera, etc.).

A quick tip for your model portfolio poses is, take lots of photos. Then, choose the very best (about 8 or less) to show the model agent.

They will appreciate your editing. If you’re not sure how to pick the best, get your photographer to help you.

But mainly, remember that less is better. No model agent wants to sort through 30 or 50 pics to find the good ones. Nope, they don’t have the time. So, keep them happy with a few awesome model portfolio pictures.

Truth is, you can always replace pictures with updates when needed. And, this strategy pays off in the long run.

These 3 Model Portfolio Poses are Just the Beginning…

Those are 3 posing tips for female model portfolios you really need to consider. The other pictures should focus on your talent and imagination.

Look at some modeling port samples online to get ideas for your photo shoot. Have fun at your photo shoot and get your modeling career in gear!

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Getting started with Model Portfolio Poses

When you are starting out – read all you can from this and other modeling websites. Then talk to other talent, agents, etc. to give your modeling career a better chance to blossom.

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Other sources for posing tips

Posing from OK to WOW Frank Doorhof

“As you probably know there are books out there with 1001 poses. In my opinion, they are great to read. And, you get ideas from the pics. But, copying them is a bad idea.

Every model is different. So, what I try to do is let the model pose freely .…”

Pro Posers Top Models Reveal Posing Secrets

“Looking like a model is one thing. But, even the prettiest of models need to know how to pose in order to be successful. Whether they’re on set with a photographer, or walking the red carpet at the Met Gala, it’s a model’s job to learn posing.…”

Stop reading about portfolio modeling poses – Start doing!

In addition to these, there are lots of resources online to help you understand the importance of posing correctly for your portfolio pictures.

But, one of the best ways to learn and get those outstanding photographs is to practice as much as you can in front of a camera.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can learn enough model posing positions to create a killer modeling portfolio. So, just do it and have a great time! – Bob Pardue

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