Suggestions for Pre-Shoot Consultation
1. Arrive on time for your consultation.
2. Bring any samples of photo ideas, looks, etc. that you like.
3. Minors must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian at the pre-shoot as well as all photo shoots.
4. Payment of non-refundable reservation fee is due at pre-session, cash only.
5. If you have a portfolio or headshot you are updating, please bring these to the consultation.
Suggestions for Photo Shoots
1. Arrive on time for your scheduled shoot.
2. If make-up artist is being utilized for your shoot, arrive with a clean face with no make-up on.
3. Have your eyebrows professionally done, especially for headshots.
4. Fingernails and toenails should be one length, well manicured and colorless unless the shoot calls for a specific color.
5. Dark or light roots will look even worse in a photo, have your hair done before you spend money on professional photos.
6. Bring a bottle of water with you, especially for locations shoots. (Beverages are provided for any half and full day paid shoots.)
7. If you bring someone with you to assist you in your shoot be sure they understand they are not to interfere with the photographer or the lighting.
8. Discuss any plant allergies with the photographer prior to a location shoot.
9. If you wear contact lenses, please bring any supplies you will need for any lens issues.
10. If you are bringing a variety of items yourself to a location shoot, be sure they are easily carried and bring an assistant if need be.
Wardrobe Suggestions for Photo Shoots
1. Shirts with a variety of necklines work best for headshots.
2. Sleeveless shirts do not work well for headshots, they can make the arms look big.
3. Know your best colors, solid white is not a good choice.
4. Prints are acceptable for full length shots but not the best choice for headshots. Strong prints will distract from your face.
5. If you wear earrings they should be small studs for headshots, larger jewelry is acceptable for full length fashion shots.
6. All clothes should be clean and pressed.
7. Be sure to include various shoes for full length looks and bring shoes that are easy to walk in for location shoots to make it easy to change locations.
8. Clothes with big buttons or large ornamentation will distract from your face for headshots but may work for full length fashion shots.
9. For couples or family portraits, solid colors work best. Many couples and families prefer to match their outfits, this is not a must but complimentary not competing colors should be worn.
10. For children, start with your favorite outfit first. Some children do not enjoy changing clothes for photo shoots so starting with your favorite will ensure you get the shot you want from the beginning.
Professional Model Portfolio
A model portfolio should be a collection of a model’s best photographs and can be used to gain modeling assignments with top clients. Your model portfolio is an essential part of your modeling career and one of your most important tools.
The model portfolio is used in many situations including:
1. Allows clients a chance to see you in a variety of looks and situations.
2. Creates a professional image to potential clients by showcasing your experience and abilities.
3. Allows clients to see that you are photogenic and have the ability to showcase a variety of looks.
A model portfolio should consist of approx. 12-15 photos showcased in a professional manner in a proper portfolio. Lead with your best 2-3 images and showcase images on the right side of the page only. Secure images to ensure they will not move within the sheet protectors. (The best way to secure your images is with a simple piece of double sided, non-permanent tape.) You should end your portfolio on a high note by placing one of your best, full length images last. (Do not be disappointed if potential clients do not look through your entire portfolio or quickly flip through pages without commenting.) Use a real portfolio and not a standard photo album. Professional clients expect a professional portfolio. You can combine color and black and white images but there are certain images you must include to achieve a successful model book. The shots that should be included are: headshots, ¾ length and full length. You should also include a variety of looks including different hairstyles, make-up and facial expressions. These are the basic images you will need to include in your portfolio to make it a success.
These cards are a valuable marketing tool used by actors and models. A comp card typically contains a minimum of two pictures (cover page with a full size image and a second page with a selection of representative images from the model’s portfolio or for an actor, images showing varied facial expressions.) Composite cards are used by models, actors, agents and agents clients.