Breaking into the World of Modeling

Creating an impactful portfolio is a key step for any beginner model aiming to catch the eye of an agency. It’s important to demonstrate versatility, natural beauty, and a range of expressions and styles. Here’s a guide to the types of photos that should be included in a beginner model’s portfolio.

Headshot (Straight On and Profile)

      • Purpose: To clearly showcase the model’s facial features.

    • Details: Include both a straight-on headshot and a profile shot. Opt for minimal makeup and simple hair styling to emphasize natural features.

Full Body Shot

Full ody modeling shot in studio

      • Purpose: To display the model’s physique and posture.

    • Details: Wear fitted clothing that shows the silhouette clearly without being overly distracting.

Smiling Shot

      • Purpose: To convey a friendly and approachable image.

    • Details: A genuine smiling shot can reflect a warm personality, a trait often sought after by agencies.

Editorial Fashion Shot (Fashion Look)

Hi fashion Model in side studio image

      • Purpose: To demonstrate versatility in high fashion or styled looks.

    • Details: This creative shot should showcase how the model might appear in a fashion editorial.

Swimsuit Shot

      • Purpose: Important for swimwear, lingerie, or fitness modeling.

    • Details: Only if comfortable, this shot shows adaptability in various markets.

Commercial Shot

      • Purpose: To illustrate suitability for advertisement campaigns.

    • Details: Wear everyday or business casual outfits, maintaining a more approachable, commercial look.

Beauty Shot (Close-up)

      • Purpose: To focus on makeup and hair styling.

    • Details: Emphasize the model’s skin and features with clean, simple styling.


Natural Light Shot

      • Purpose: To show how the model looks in daylight.

    • Details: Opt for an outdoor setting with natural lighting.

No Makeup Shot

      • Purpose: To present the model’s natural look.

    • Details: A clear photo with no makeup, showcasing natural beauty.

Fashion/Styled Look

      • Purpose: To display the model’s ability in various fashion styles.

    • Details: Include poses and outfits ranging from formal wear to street style, depending on the desired market.


Key Considerations for the Photoshoot

      • Quality over Quantity: Ensure photos are high-quality and clear.

      • Authenticity: Avoid heavy editing or filters; agencies prefer natural looks.

      • Appropriate Styling: Clothes and makeup should complement, not overshadow, the model’s natural features.

    • Agency Requirements: Check specific submission guidelines of agencies before preparing the portfolio.

Creating a portfolio that resonates with agencies requires not just the right content but also effective presentation. By aligning your portfolio with these guidelines, you’ll be better positioned to make a strong impression.

If you would like more information please visit Insider Tips for Aspiring Models – Breaking Into Modeling: A great read for models at the start of their career, offering valuable advice for breaking into the industry.

For more comprehensive insights specifically tailored to modeling, I recommend visiting Model Management’s blog. This blog offers a wide range of articles and resources that are incredibly useful for both aspiring and professional models. Their content covers various aspects of the industry, from portfolio building and agency selection tips to personal branding and industry trends.