Stuck for Which Pictures to Send? A Quick Look at Modeling Portfolio Samples

A question I’m constantly asked is “What pictures do I put in a model portfolio?” so thought I’d address it here. The video covers some modeling portfolio samples and you can come back to this model page for inspiration any time.

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You Model Type Determines Your Modeling Portfolio – Sample Your Best Shots!

There are many types of models. And, I can’t cover every single one here but I will provide a few portfolio samples of model photos you simply must have in your book – or on your submission cd.

So, without so much talk, here are some examples of modeling portfolios for you to view giving you a general idea to get ready before your model photo shoot. Keep going …

1. How Do I Take Modeling Headshots?


model portfolio samplesI’ve seen many young or beginner models take snapshots and the face cannot be seen. A big NO-NO.

How can an agency representative judge what you look like if he or she can’t see your face?

Hiring good professional photographers for modeling pictures who have experience in these type pictures can get this done for you at a minimum charge.

I would suggest using them for at least your staple model portfolio example pictures.

What kinds of modeling pictures do agents want?

Many agencies like to see at least one photo with little or no makeup. This one needs to be shot head on and outdoors in natural light if possible. Of course studio lighting is normally acceptable too.

A portfolio photographer can create this photo and enhance the lighting for maximum effect on this picture.

A photo of this kind is important for any type modeling but is essential for those wanting to become beauty or fashion models – or getting into glamor.

2. Should I Also Get Commercial Type Pictures for My Portfolio?

The commercial photo is optional but it looks nice – especially if you are considering a commercial modeling career and these are easy to do.

Just get a business suit or maybe some glasses to give you a totally different look.

Remember to stay with your niche. A person’s glamour model portfolios will differ from those submitted to apply for promotional modeling jobs – there is a big difference between the two!

And, a commercial print shot doesn’t always have to be taken with a serious look – fun shots for commercial modeling work too!

Don’t Snub Your Nose at Commercial Modeling

Commercial modeling jobs are becoming extremely popular. This is especially true for beginners because Elite model management company and others offering runway work are overcrowded with applicants.

So, applying for commercial model work is a good way to get your foot in the door of the entertainment business.

3. What are Full Body Pictures? Do I Need Them in My Model Portfolio?

Next, you’ll definitely need full body shots (at least one or two).portfolios for models

Full body model photos mostly means full length (showing the model from head to toe) to show the model agency your figure.

These pics can be created either in a swimsuit (not too revealing) or tight fitting clothes to give agents an idea of your body type in case they need to use you in clothing, commercial or promotional situations.

Doing a variety of poses can give you an edge to show them you can pose like a professional.

How Many Photos Do I Need in a Model Portfolio?

This is the second question. It depends and some experts disagree on the numbers.

Some say you should have tons and tons of pictures and yes, it looks like you’ve been working.

But, consider the model agents time – can they really stop their busy schedules to look at countless numbers of photos? They will tire quickly going through an almost endless display of photographs.

My Humble Opinion about Modeling Portfolios – Sample Your Best Work

Yes, I have one. I believe that a good, solid book (or cd) with somewhere between 8 and 20 images should do just fine.

And not just any pictures. Make sure every one is the very best of the crop you have!

Don’t make the agency representative scroll through ten mediocre pictures to get to those two good ones.

Keep the Best Model Portfolio Photos – Throw Out the Rest!

If you only have 4 excellent pictures in which you look like a remarkable model; then 4 is the number for your modeling portfolio samples to turn in.

Remember, you can always add photos as you gain experience. Keep replacing older images with fresh, and better ones. Before you know it you’ll have a killer modeling portfolio no one else can touch!

Your Best Modeling Portfolio Samples – Isn’t that what you want the agent to see during your interview?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this is only a small section giving model portfolio examples of pictures and you can use your imagination to create variations of each of the ones listed above.

But, at least you’ve got your thoughts running in the right direction. Have a great photo shoot!!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope this section of modeling portfolio samples will help you to get the pictures you need for your book. Don’t have a portfolio yet? Start looking now for an awesome photographer in your area and set up a shoot. Oh, and be sure to have fun while creating!

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Till next time,

Bob Pardue

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