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JoeSchreiberPhotography

Posts: 3

Toledo, Ohio, US

Im looking for suggestions of what would be shot to have in your portfolio for modeling. I know the main three 1. CLear head shot with neutral or no make up and hair down. 2. 1/2 to 1/4 body shot casual clothing (not too tight or too loose). and 3. Full body shot good and clear.

  What I am looking for is what everybody thinks would be good additional photos to have in your port. Thanks.

Jan 30 13 04:33 am Link

Photographer

JimBobLc

Posts: 199

Martinsburg, West Virginia, US

There were a few photographers in this thread who said they made $$$ from MM, I looked at their portfolios for ideas.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=876679

Jan 30 13 09:19 am Link

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Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15718

Orlando, Florida, US

It has everything to do with what kind of modeling you're talking about.

For agency fashion/runway, you need the standard Polaroid shots, that's pretty much it.
For glamour, the more polished and posey pictures, the better to show off what you're offering.
For commercial, plenty of tear sheets or commercial-like images.

So it has everything to do with the goals of the model.

Jan 30 13 09:28 am Link

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Koryn

Posts: 36719

Boston, Massachusetts, US

The more over-the-top, posed, and Photoshoppy my posted pictures were, the more requests I would get for work, and the larger the amounts offered for shoots.

I never cared much for Photoshoppy pictures, so I never posted many, and I did not want people to think I looked different from my portfolio when I showed up to shoot.

In hindsight, I should have probably exploited the hell out of that, polished and 'shopped everything and just ran with it.

I'm not sure why certain things sell the way they do; they just do.

Jan 30 13 09:35 am Link

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JimBobLc

Posts: 199

Martinsburg, West Virginia, US

That is great advice! Very insightful.

Koryn Locke wrote:
The more over-the-top, posed, and Photoshoppy my posted pictures were, the more requests I would get for work, and the larger the amounts offered for shoots.

I never cared much for Photoshoppy pictures, so I never posted many, and I did not want people to think I looked different from my portfolio when I showed up to shoot.

In hindsight, I should have probably exploited the hell out of that, polished and 'shopped everything and just ran with it.

I'm not sure why certain things sell the way they do; they just do.

Jan 30 13 10:12 am Link

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Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Koryn Locke wrote:
The more over-the-top, posed, and Photoshoppy my posted pictures were, the more requests I would get for work, and the larger the amounts offered for shoots.

I never cared much for Photoshoppy pictures, so I never posted many, and I did not want people to think I looked different from my portfolio when I showed up to shoot.

In hindsight, I should have probably exploited the hell out of that, polished and 'shopped everything and just ran with it.

I'm not sure why certain things sell the way they do; they just do.

Sounds like you learned a business lesson the hard way. As a model, your portfolio is your advertising, similar how Mom-n-Pop Pizza might run a newspaper or tv ad. If your advertising isn't working, rethink it. Change it to what does work. smile

Jan 30 13 10:22 am Link

Photographer

JoeSchreiberPhotography

Posts: 3

Toledo, Ohio, US

Thanks for all the suggestion, it was very helpful! smile

Jan 30 13 12:20 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 36719

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Marc Damon wrote:

Sounds like you learned a business lesson the hard way. As a model, your portfolio is your advertising, similar how Mom-n-Pop Pizza might run a newspaper or tv ad. If your advertising isn't working, rethink it. Change it to what does work. smile

I never "struggled" to find work. Nude models with negotiable rates are always going to be in demand. I just realized in hindsight (I realized a lot of things about modeling during the last few months I was shooting, and the first few months after retiring) that when you are a model, you are a fantasy to people. You are selling a fantasy. If you promote yourself as a fantasy, look like a fantasy, you're more marketable - even if you don't particularly *feel* like that, as a whole person.

Jan 31 13 09:49 am Link