Get your portfolio done
The tools of your trade are your portfolio
photographs and your resume. Portfolio is a model's basic promotional tool consisting
of an album showing the best photos from tests and bookings.
market is the deciding factor, you must place your product, i.e., your portfolio
photos, in the market.A model's portfolio is their main selling tool. Presentation,
quality and variety of shots are all very important factors to be considered.
Every agency, coordinator or producer will address this area differently.
However, we all agree that the photos in your book should be only the best that
you can provide. It does not matter whether you have more black-and-white photos
than colour ones; great pictures are great pictures. Some photographers might
suggest that you shoot more colour than black-and-white, since it works better
and is often less expensive.
Your portfolio should 'read' just like
any other book: It should have a terrific beginning, a strong middle and a sensational
ending. The people looking at it should want to turn the pages with curiosity.
And each page should satisfy that curiosity. It should display your strengths
to potential clients and show what you are capable of selling, be it clothes,
cars or cosmetics.
Your portfolio is your responsibility. When not in
use, it should always be at the agency as they may have clients that come into
the agency that they would like to show. This may be a reason to have a secondary
portfolio, or better yet, an on-line portfolio that anyone with Internet access
The total number of photos that you should use from each photo
session depends primarily on the art direction. For an editorial spread, you might
use as many as five photos - say, one large and four small. The large one could
be displayed on one side of the spread and the four smaller photos opposite. If
you have only one terrific photo, people would prefer to see it alone rather than
displayed with a photo that clashes. For example, it would be a mistake to display
a shot in a summer dress next to one in a salwar-kameez.
also try to include photos where you are interacting with other models. This will
show prospective clients that you can work with others in a compatible way. However,
do not include such a photo if you are not looking your best. If another model
is the focus of the photo, your casting agent will wonder whether it is wise to
show you next to competition.
At the beginning of your fashion modelling
career, your portfolio should include:
At least two head shots with two different expressions (one
smiling and one serious, or one in the studio and one outdoors).
At least two fashion shots (one casual and one a little
more formal). If you move well, you might like to include an action shot.
* At least one full-length
shot showing the proportion of your body (feet to knees, knees to thighs, thighs
to waist, waist to shoulders, shoulders to the top of your head). You could wear
a leotard or a body suit, depending on what makes you comfortable and flatters
A full portfolio consists
of about twenty-four 9"x12" photos and tears (from magazines). Remember: it is
better to have less photos, but ones that are really strong, than a full portfolio
with photos that are mediocre. Every portfio needs a mix of commercial and editorial
shots, location and studio. You will also need at least one great body shot (professional
and tasteful - editorial style is best) and one beautiful B&W headshot with minimal
What is important is that you must 'become' the photo and direct
and project every ounce of your energy and personality towards the camera.
No matter what your mood, you must always give it your best and leave any
unhappy feelings outside the studio. If you are not really 'into' a photo, it
will probably show on the film, even if the rest of the team has done a first-rate
job. YOU are the key to the success of a photo.
If you are looking to
assemble a portfolio for yourself on a budget, try an economic option: Get together
a team of new talent - aspiring photographer, make-up artist, clothing stylist
-and pool all your abilities to set up a shoot. Each of you can then use the photographs
in your respective portfolios.
Models usually start by doing the rounds
of ad agencies if their portfolio pictures are not flattering enough. If you think
that your portfolio does you justice, simply post them to the agency coordinator,
though you run the risk of the envelope bearing your pictures being put into the
Getting a good portfolio is easy, considering the number of
photographers who also specialise in this work.
SUGGESTION (IF YOU HAVE MONEY) :
portfolio will be shot over time by numerous photographers reflecting different
Some of the better known names are:
N. S. Patkar Marg (Hughes Rd.,)
Oshiwara Industrial Centre.
New Link Road. O
shiwara. Mumbai - 400 104
Tel: 91 22 8780406,07
Mobile: 91 98200 64283.
Paradise Shyam Nivas,
Bhulabhai Desai Rd.,
Mobile No: 9820030912.
2, Carmichael Road,
Mobile No: 9820022644.
C/41, Indradeep Society,
171, L. B. Shastri Marg,
Behind Hotel Airways,
Ghatkopar, Mumbai 400086.
Tel: 5148328, 5149839.
M. Karve Road,
Chogle, Block A,
6 St. Francis Xavier Street,
Thakurdwar, Mumbai 400002.
Mobile No: 9821040444.
51-L, Paradise, Shyam Niwas
42 Sea breeze apt,
Bullock rd. Bandstand,
Bandra Mumbai 50 .
Sumiko Murgai Nanda:
B-104, Gulmohar Park,
New Delhi 110049.
New Delhi 110017.
Tel: 6442957, 6221421
B-127, Malviya Nagar,
New Delhi 110017.
No. 84, SFS Flats,
New Delhi 110052.
36, Norris Road,
Ground Floor C,
Anand S. Sharan:
Lakshmi, 2nd Cross,
No. 6, Vasanthnagar,
King's Crest Apartments,
8/8 Miller's Road,