#1. Finding the Right Photographer: When shopping for photographers do your research! Ask them about their rates, what type of photos they specialize in, how many photos will you receive, how long do you have to wait for your digital file, ask for references etc. Investigate until you find a photographer you feel comfortable to work with.
#2. Determine the Types of Photos You Will Need: The objective is to sell yourself as a well-rounded model. Determine what types of modeling you are best suited for, for example: commercial print, high fashion, promotional. Express your intentions to your photographer and come up with a vision for your photo-shoot.
#3. Hair & Makeup: While not required it’s highly recommended to seek the assistance of a hair & makeup artist they day of your shoot to ensure you are presenting yourself at your best. Like your photographer research and ask questions to make sure your getting your dollars worth. Most importantly ask to see their portfolio.
#4. Prep for Your Photo-shoot: Prior to your shoot make sure to select the outfits you want to wear. Ideally you should select 3 outfits demonstrating variety in your look as a model. Practice your poses in these outfits so you’re comfortable and know what angles make you look the best. Pack your model bag with your essentials and confirm shoot location and time with photographer, hair, & makeup artists.
#5. Selecting Your Images: Variety is key! You don’t want too many photos with you in the same poses, just smiling, in one outfit, or the same background. Make sure to select a combination of full-length shots and headshots. Ask for judging advice from your friends, family, and your photographer when making your selections.
Remember once you have selected your photos presentation is key! It’s best to have a printed book of high quality 8x10 prints and a digital version of your portfolio. Every detail counts so don’t cut corners.