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A portfolio allows a photographer to quickly and simply share their work with potential clients. A great portfolio photoshoot will bring you plenty of work, while a bad one will make work few and far between. But what constitutes a good portfolio? And how do you recognize a bad one, even when reviewing your own work?
While portfolios are just as varied as individual photographer’s personalities. There are a few tricks to determine if your portfolio is ready to go, or if it needs a bit more building. Watch for these dos and don’ts when building a photography portfolio.
A majority of my work at the moment is shooting a model’s portfolio images. Much of this work now comes from agencies needing portfolio images for their new faces. These can sometimes be paid or TF shoots. Since I need to pick an avenue of reference and because I will not be going into marketing and how to get a model portfolio client.
I’m going to gear this to the professional photographer. Who is providing his or her services in exchange for portfolio images. However, many of the tasks are the same regardless of how a model client ends up in your studio. They may just be in a different order.
For this series, I’m going to focus on the things I do before, during and after a shoot in three segments, respectively. These steps can apply to anyone working in a home studio or a commercial studio. For this first segment, I will discuss what I do before a TF model portfolio shoot. Please keep in mind, this is my general checklist when preparing for this type of shoot. And that not all of these tasks will apply to every situation.
How to create a model portfolio?
While pursuing your passion to become a successful model. You also need to be realistic and aware of the stereotypes that are a part of the modeling industry. In most cases, your body type would define the kind of assignments you get. As most clients have a preconceived notion of what they feel fits their brief. For example, its harder for shorter or petite models to break into fashion modeling. While these stereotypes are constantly being broken and you certainly can break them on your way. It helps to be realistic and honest about your strong points. This would increase your chances of achieving success and reduce setbacks and rejections.
Portfolio Photoshoot Studio
A modeling portfolio is never repeatable or reproducible. Each model has distinct physical characteristics and person that they want to exhibit through their modeling portfolio. Therefore, it is crucial to understand and conceive the kind of modeling. That best suits you before you actually begin setting up a portfolio.