Keep at least one of your looks really simple and stay away from bold prints or colours! Your first portfolio pics should be all about you! That’s why I recommend to keep your clothes and accessories simple, nevertheless you maybe need to promote clothes or accessories in the jobs you are applying for, your first portfolio pics should be all about you! Same thing with heavy Make-up – keep it natural! The client want’s to be able to see you and your face as a clean canvas.
A professional Makeup artist is not a bad Idea at all though! But it is important to make sure he/she understands the purpose of the shooting and you don’t end up with false lashes and red lips. Ask your photographer to recommend a Makeup Artist he/she has worked with before for model portfolios or natural Makeup looks, to make sure the whole team is on the same side and properly briefed. (It is not necessary to have a professional MUA if you feel confident to do a basic makeup yourself or you are feeling best with no makeup on anyway. In that case just make sure to bring some powder against shiny skin and a chapstick for your lips.)
Choose at least 2 different outfits. As mentioned before at least one of your looks should be very plain and simple, lets say a jeans and a black top. For the following look(s) feel free to choose an outfit that shows your personal style or the style of the field you want to work in. (That could be a sports look, if you are planning to work as fitness model for example) With more different looks in your portfolio you have the chance to show your diversity. That can be great! But make sure to have the natural shots done before you start experimenting!
If you are a more experienced model it can make sense to focus in an area you want to get more jobs in or to update your portfolio to show more diversity. You probably want to add some beauty or editorial style shots into your portfolio, which mostly showcases lifestyle and campaign shots. In that case I would recommend to get a professional stylist and hair and makeup artist for the shoot.
How to prepare for your photoshoot:
I have some advices for you to be best possible prepared for the day of your shooting. This is nothing you necessarily need to do for a successful photoshoot but you might find some of them really helpful!
Treat yourself well the day before your shooting! Stay away from big amounts of Alcohol and other dehydrating things and drink lots of water or tea instead.
Have a nice shower or bath, shave all areas that might show in the outfit’s you are planning to wear and give your skin a nice peel. Hydrate your skin with your favourite moisturiser. (Stay away from trying new products the day before your shoot as you never now how your body will respond)
Maybe the most important tip is to get enough sleep! You want to look fresh and healthy for your head shots.
Some other things to take care of: Remove old nail polish and use a neutral colour for your nails. Have your eyebrows look neat. Moisturise your hands and legs before you go to bed.
If you are planning to wear swimwear or something similar, make sure to wear loose clothes that does not leave marks on your skin. If your outfit has see through material make sure to wear suitable underwear.
It can be helpful to bring your usual powder to mat your skin if it gets shiny during the day. Also have a chapstick with you in case you get dry lips. (If you have a MUA on board you don’t have to worry about those things)
If it is a chilly day, have a cozy warm jacket or jumper with you, that you can easily throw over in shooting breaks to warm up.
During the photoshoot: When it comes to posing, it is not wrong to do some research before, but like so often, less is more. Don’t try hard to redo fashion poses you’ve seen in magazines. If it does not feel natural for you it often doesn’t look right on camera as well. Ask your photographer for advice if you need some help with posing but in general in all comes together easily if you are moving slow and natural while posing. You don’t need to do something crazy, you can create a lot of different shapes by just moving your shoulders or turn your face to show different angles. Your photographer might ask you to hold a pose in between but it is best to work with the poses that come from you naturally. Don’t be afraid to try out things, it is always great to experiment with different expressions in front of the camera, maybe try to look really bored and then angry in some shoot that often ends up in a big laugh witch can be a great expression as well! If you have certain photos is mind you want to have in your portfolio, like a close up shot that shoes your freckles, make sure to talk to your photographer about your ideas beforehand. That gives you the opportunity to discuss the best way to realise them.
Do your research and find a photographer who’s style/work you really like for your portfolio shoot. If you like mine, check out my portfolio shoot offer and send me an email. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!