New York City is one of the international centers of the fashion industry, so it should be no surprise that there are thousands of people shopping their modeling portfolios around Manhattan. While you want to stand out from the crowd, you should be aware of the standard types of photos that fashion photographers, talent agents, and modeling agencies look for when they browse your portfolio. Consider including:
A Classic Portrait
You need to have at least one modeling portrait. You may choose to make this the cover of your portfolio. Bear in mind that this type of portrait is very specific, and should be different from a corporate headshot. A model’s portrait should showcase his or her attractiveness and allure, without being too avant-garde or offbeat.
A Full Length Body Shot
To be successful as a model, you need to showcase your style and body language. There are plenty of pretty faces out there, so anyone flipping through your portfolio will want to see more than just your portrait. Choose a full-length shot that you feel exemplifies your personal aesthetic.
A Black and White Shot
Black and white shots are still widely used in both fashion and artistic photography, so you may wish to include one in your portfolio. A black and white shot focuses the viewer’s attention on the subject—you—prioritizing line, form, and shadow over color and other distractions.
A Fun, Personal Shot
Agents in Manhattan see thousands of bland portfolios that contain perfect but generic shots of gorgeous models. While you want to include the above standards in your portfolio, you can select one more quirky, candid shot that you feel captures your unique, one-of-a-kind charm.
A Location Shot
For your portrait and your full length body shot, it is a good idea to choose safe studio shots. In a professional photographer’s studio, every aspect of lighting and image can be perfectly controlled. But you should consider including a location shot from outside the studio to demonstrate your ability to create a more natural, candid, effortless look.
With spring just around the corner, it’s now time to get excited about planning my modeling portfolio sessions on the beach! There’s no better place to shoot that awesome swimsuit shot for your portfolio than on a beautiful location.
Over the past 15 years, we have discovered so many magnificent sites. This year we plan to visit them all.
One of my favorite places to shoot is Sunken Forest , located on Fire Island just west of Cherry Grove and the Pines. The forest is a globally rare occurrence situated behind the sand dunes. Under the diverse canopy of trees, there is a 1.5 mile boardwalk that meanders through freshwater bogs filled with a variety of trees and shrubs. It is a photographers paradise!
This session is for adventurous models only. We do quite a bit of walking through the forest and on the beach. As we’re working on the details — contact Joyce for more information about our location sessions. Contact the studio at 212-861-0160 or email@example.com
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