Model Photo Shoot – Tips for Beginners

November 26, 2015 Off By Johnie Turber

Start Your Modeling Career with Pictures

Because the world of modeling has opened up and more American women are finding their way into the world of glamour and fashion, it is important to understand how to get your start.

Getting a Photo Session

A few steps are needed for the first model photo shoot and to begin the new career. As a beginner, your focus needs to be on practice and getting the first shoot under your belt. Once this is done, the next steps will fall into place.

First Time Beginners

For a girl brand new to modeling, getting through the first shoot can be more difficult than it seems. Typically, beginners are much more nervous than necessary. One main reason is not being prepared or knowing what to expect during the time in front of the photographers camera.

How to Prepare

When preparing for the model photo shoot, you will want to practice poses with various outfits to give you the ability to stand, sit or lie in various positions without feeling uncomfortable. Look through fashion or glamour magazines to see how the professionals look natural and fluid in their posing and expressions.

Movement

The idea is that a stationary pose often needs to look as if it were in motion. Many shots are taken as you move from one dramatic position to the next, often over exaggerating the pose positions for effect. After you practice for a while in the mirror (not just an hour or two), schedule a shoot with a photographer you are comfortable with and start getting your portfolio together.

The Must-have Picture

Along with the portfolio, you will want to be able to pick an excellent head shot. This photo is preferred by many agencies as clear, shot outdoors, with little or no makeup, and good lighting. A professional photographer should easily be able to accomplish this look for you and guide you to the right expression. Work on other pose ideas also to round out your portfolio with a variety of pictures from your model photo shoot to put in your book.

Selecting the Best Pictures and Comp Cards

Once your model photo shoot is complete, you will want to select the photos you are going to use for the portfolio. First, as stated above, find the best head shot so you can put together a comp or composite card.

The main photo will be the full size of one side of the card. On the front (with the head shot), you display your name in bold letters. On the back, you may want to have additional information including your physical statistics (including bust, waist and hip measurements) and other smaller photographs in poses ranging from full length to 3/4 to close up images as examples of your work. This will be your professional business card.

Turning Your Dream Into a Working Model

Having gone from aspiring to be a model to this point, you have stepped into the world of professional modeling. As you become more comfortable and develop your talent, you will find that confidence goes a long ways to growing your career.

So, do not take your first model photo shoot for granted. Get it right and you'll be ahead of 80% of the females getting started. Yes, it's work but, when you walk past the billboard with your photo on it, you'll find it's well worth the trouble.