I have been a photographer since 1978 and over the years, I have photographed everything from auto racing to paleontology research projects.
I joined Model Mayhem so that I can get back to my first love; photographing people.
You portfolio should contain 8 to 12 of your best photos. At least one of these should be a headshot with very little or no makeup. Another should be full length either in a swimsuit or tight clothes to illustrate your figure.
A business pose and a lifestyle pose are often required as well. Since a model’s main job is to demonstrate or promote a product, a product pose is also important.
If you are wanting a particular look or style, let me know. I will create as many different looks as possible. Sometimes this may mean shooting together 2 or 3 times.
Your photos will be delivered on a CD or flash drive as both printable files and jpegs for the internet. CDs are much safer than flash drives.
Why printable files? Many professional models still carry print portfolios to agencies or casting calls. Your prints should be either 11x14 or 8x10 in a professional portfolio case. Printable files should also be used for your “zed cards” or composite cards.
Let me know if you need a makeup artist.
Contact me through Model Mayhem and I will provide you with direct contact information.
Check out my blog at: www.davidoverton.tumblr.com
Here are some tips for new models:
Be safe on Model Mayhem! Check the forums for safety tips.
Select a photographer carefully. If a profile seems fishy, then move on.
Don't limit yourself to just one photographer. Each one will have her/his own style and techniques. You will gain a lot of experience and it will help build your portfolio.
Larger studios usually have makeup artists and the room to shoot several poses in 1 day.
You can often find great local photographers who may be just starting out, who only photograph part-time or who are retired. Without the cost of a studio, they can usually offer you good deals. They often shoot out of their homes or on location.
Always ask the photographer if they are willing to shoot TFP (Trade For Photos). This is a terrific way to build your portfolio on a budget.
Ask the photographer if he can recommend other photographers in the area.
Practice posing in front of the mirror. Look at fashion photos and study expressions. Also the way the models pose their legs, feet, hands and arms.
Take practice pictures of yourself or have a friend or family member take photos of you. You will be surprised at how different you look to the camera.
If you have "cell phone" photos on your portfolio, it's a good idea to replace them with professional photos as soon as you are able.
Don't put too many photos on your portfolio. 8 to 12 at the most. If you add a new photo, take an old one off.
Try not to use photos that look too similar.
Try for as much variety as you can. This will show off your versatility.
It’s better to take your time and shoot with your photographer 2 or 3 times rather than trying to cram 10 different setups into one day.
You will both be more relaxed and can spend quality time on each pose.
Many photographers like to schedule a test shoot. These are usually very casual, without elaborate hair and makeup or complicated setups.
Some photographers have policies against bringing a parent or escort to a shoot.
Respect their policies.
If you don't agree with that policy, simply find another photographer.