Model Portfolio Requirements
All models' portfolios contain images that fall into three categories: Face, Figure,
The face shot, also called beauty shot or headshot, should exclusively feature the
face. The importance of expression, make-up, lighting and angle is magnified in
this shot. It is often featured on the front of a composite card.
The figure shot can be many things other than a swimsuit shot, but is vital in a
portfolio or comp card to show a model's figure. Athletic/aerobic wear, close-fitting
dresses, or undergarments are other types of wardrobe to feature the figure. Obviously,
each model will have their own limit as to how much they are comfortable revealing
in a figure shot. The importance of a figure shot is giving information about how
a model will fill clothing, but it is also an opportunity for a model to draw more
attention and possibly influence casting.
The fashion shot is harder to define. Generally it is a mid- to full-length shot
that demonstrates a mood, character, or style brought to life by the model. The
boundaries are vast, and it is another opportunity for a model to capture more attention
and place their image into the imagination of a client.
Just what should be in my model portfolio?
Your fashion model portfolio should at least five different looks, including the following shots -
- Full length - fashion or formal
- Full length - casual
- Editorial (specifically shot for a magazine cover or article)
- Interactive (with another model)
- Environmental or outdoor
- "light-to-none" make-up
- "Mood" (showing a particular emotion / mood)
- "Object" (presenting / handling / seen with an item or object)
- Other shots to "personalize" the portfolio.
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