Model portfolio tips
Anyone who knows anything about the professional modeling world, knows at least the following very basic facts. Wthout these, you should not waste your time to try and break in to this world:
* If you are entering the adult/erotic modelling and acting world, get a manager FIRST. See, for example, ZeeTee Talent and Management. Your manager will get you trained, prepared, experience, a portfolio, membership to AEMA, etc. For other models, please read on.
* Use a professional photographer with experience in the field that you need shots of
* Nudes are by far the most difficult photogrpahy to do and very few photographers have the 'knack', skill and not to mention the experience - dont risk putting yourself in front of an untested photographer's lens if you hope to build a career.
* Use a photographer that is good enough for your shots to be accepted by larger agencies and catch someone's eye
* You need a good portfolio to get casting calls - its your essential resume - there is no use skimping on it.
* If you have the money hire a professional for 5 hours and run through every pose, every piece of wardrobe, every style, location and whatever else advice you get. Pay the few hundred $ and if you picked a pro, you will be very very happy. If you dont have that kind of money then work for a pro model-for-pics. Not many pros need models, they usually have many available in the wings but talk to them, make it worth their while (some models are a rigt pain in the butt to have around, if you are not full of it then you might just get what you want).
* Practise poses, listen to the pros and learn as you go. Modeling is about more than just sitting around...
* Include a variety of poses, styles, wardrobes, hair styles, and genre - show your versatility. Ask advice from pros if you don't know.
* There are many different types of modeling jobs you can specialize in, just think about it - fitness magazines, clothing, jewelry, hair, adult xxx, runway, fashion, swimsuit, lingerie, and male models have many options as well.
* A portfolio alone may get you a job or two but experience makes you cost-effective and adaptable. A pretty-face model who can not adapt to an unfamiliar look/feel or scenario is a waste of time and money on that shoot. Conversely, you can put a pro on an airplane, fly her 10,000 miles into the desrt and shoot winning stuff the next day, come back and shoot with her in Alaska and the Amazon next week. She may be a tired and weary, and fatigued and constipated as the rest of the crew but she knows how to still look good and deliver winning pose anfter winning pose no matter how hard the work is -- that is why they earn top dollar. A novice, on the other hand, may fall apart in the same studio after three hours of work with three scene changes, and that costs money. Fortunately, we are always searching for new blood and fresh looks, and that is why you have a fighting chance to start at the bottom and make it big. It took me, a photographer, no less than 30 years of training to learn and hone my skills, and over those years I spent no less than $120,000 on equipment, and I own a large studio, yet I don't earn what that the better models earn--they are just that good and worth every penny when the heat is on. It just makes sense, the saying that top models are not born, they are made. Modelling is 95% sweat and bloodletting and 5% glamour. Its a wonderful world, and most models will not change their lifestyles (however hard) for a normal job.
* A rookie mistake answer to questions like, "Will you do erotic (or nude or porn or adult or couples-porn, etc) work?" is to write or say, "It depends". The answer is either yes or no. "It depends," is a redundant answer because ANY job offer depends. There is no job offer ever that you will walk into without knowing the details. It always depends on your evaluation of the studio, the publisher, the contract, the subject matter, the people and the remuneration. If it depends on someone's promise that it will remain private and confidential, and you buy that, then you are making a mistake. Think it trough before giving that answer on a questionaire because it yells, 'amateur'. As a photographer, I will not do, and I regularly refuse to do work involving young models, illegal work, and work for people whom I dont want to be associated with--and my face is not even on the picture. It always depends, it goes without saying, but as a rookie you have to think it through before the time.
Starter portfolio - $400 (2 hours of fast paced studio work. Switch looks, wardrobes and styling quickly, get a lot of tips from the pros, get about 15 pics to use with 4 8X10 professional portfolio prints) (ask about our Lambton College student discount)
Intermediate portfolio - $1,000 (discuss your needs. We custom make a portfolio according to your area of specialty and requirements. This portfolio is enough to launch a career. )
Professional Portfolio - $2,000 (Can be done in one day, best done over 2 half days. Talk to us - there's a lot of location scouting to do, props for the studio, wardrobe planning, stylist briefings, video, dialogue to be written and practised, etc)
Contact us to book a session, we do only one portfolio shoot per day in the summer - best to book ahead.
Modeling for Pics or TFP
We always add models to our database. Some work nude, some don't. Must be age 21 and older for nude work.
What is the look we desire?
We require ANY and ALL looks, shapes and sizes. If you are either pretty, petite, young, or old, bold, bald, fat and muscular, or full of character, age, wisdom, or soft, sensuous, sultry, or sexy or sensational, huge, or hungry, or large, laughing, loud, and lovely, or normal, standard, average, usual, butch, fem, a working man or woman, a homemaker or dance teacher- Art needs you. There is a lovely in all people - and we know how to let it show
Modeling for Pics / time for pics
Are you are an aspiring model or actor in need of a portfolio and experience for your resume? Or, you may not aspire to be a professional but, like most people, you simply want to have professional photographs of yourself looking your absolute best but you don't want to pay the studio fee. This might be for you.
For the Studio to publish or exhibit works of art we need to own the rights to do so. The usual way to go about owning exhibition/commercial rights is to hire professional models.
What is included in the package