Modeling Course 7
Can You Really Get Images for Your Portfolio for
The quick answer is – it’s possible. There are
models working every day for hungry photographers
needing to update portfolios, etc.
Why shouldn’t you be the one posing and getting
your book together?
Is anything ever really free? Well, yes and no.
And, you’d better believe that portfolio photographers
are not just in this business for the fun of it.
At least I’m not one of them.
Sure, I love photography and I get excited about
working with professional fashion models who can
come alive in front of my lens. But,
I also have to eat, don’t I?
Getting Free Photos for Models
So how do you get free modeling portfolio pictures
and look like a pro at the same time?
Spankie, a professional model, suggests that you
include photographs especially for the type of
modeling you are doing – or want to do.
For instance, if you want to be a runway model
then include some pictures of yourself walking
on the catwalk. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Same goes for commercial or even lingerie modeling
pictures. Show a variety of what you can do and your
chances of getting jobs increases.
Lastly (one of her first suggestions) is to make the
absolute best head shot (facial closeup) you can.
This one should show a really good look at your face
with an expression that grabs attention. You can do
that, can’t you?
There are several ways to get your pics at no
1. Get a friend who is a shutterbug.
There are many people who don’t make a living from
photography who are actually excellent photographers.
They do it for love but those who study and practice
can get you some very nice shots to take to open
2. Check your local college
If your local college offers photography courses,
you might find several people in the class who
would love to shoot with you to gain experience in
fashion or other types of modeling photography.
3. Professional photographers
Yes, many times professionals need images for their
portfolios and are willing to do “test shoots” or
time for print (cd) at no charge to you.
These types of arrangements vary from person to
person but check sites like model mayhem to
find a photographer right for you.
Be sure to check references and take someone with
you to all photo shoots.
These three ways to get your images might help you
get a really great looking portfolio so don’t discount
To a model management company or agent, there is
nothing more professional looking than a model who
has proven herself or himself in front of the
Till next time!!