Fashion Model & Model Portfolios - Are YOU interested?
Millions of dollars are spent each year to constantly display attractive advertisements through different mediums such as Television, Internet platforms, Billboards, Editorials, and other campaign ads. Prestigious & Glamorous Fashion Catwalks, Hollywood, Bollywood & other film/movie industry inspire thousands of young male and female models worldwide to join the Fashion Model Industry as a start & then to make it to bigger ambitions. A career in Fashion modeling is lucrative, but the main challenge is how do you get noticed in the fashion industry and begin your modeling career.
The main question that all aspirants want to know is:
How to Become a Fashion Model?
Well modeling is an exciting career and often associated with beauty, fame and glamour. Like every industry, getting an entry into this elite niche segment of the fashion industry is not always easy. But if you are determined and have a good sense of style, adaptability to different people & requirements, a positive attitude, excellent stamina, communication skills, ability to look good on the sets, enthusiastic in meeting people, and outstanding facial expressions or body possess then success will surely follow you.
If you treat Modeling opportunities just as a regular job & avoid saying it's a hobby job - that is a first start in understanding that modeling is appropriate for you. Your commitment & zeal will mark your future success in the industry. In order to showcase your own personal brand, just like a resume you need to develop your fashion model portfolio.
How to build A Fashion Model Portfolio?
I'll break it down into simple points:
Identify the Type of modeling that you want to pursue!
There are various types of Modelling platforms some of the most common types are Fashion/Catwalk/Runway Models, Editorial & Print Fashion Models, Commercial Models, Glamour Models, Promo/Promotional Models, Social Influencer Models.
Hire a good photographer who specializes in Model Portfolio Shoots
Decide on you budget and approach photographers. Always check the past work theses photographers have done to not only get ideas, but also to identify that the photographer is best suited for your photo shoots. Advisable, to always have a blend of both in studio and outdoor photo shoot – but that’s totally your choice and the amount you have decided to spend for your model portfolio.
Recruit a professional hair and makeup artist for the day!
Having a fresh and energetic look for each pose is crucial in getting quality pictures. A professional hair & makeup artist specializing for model photo shoots/pictorial can help you maintain and bring out a vibrant and stunning facial look and hair styles. The studio lighting, flashes can hamper the quality of your pictures, but the hair stylist & make-up artist are able to know the right quantity, quality of make-up that is actually required for good quality photo output.
Ensure your Feeling Fit & Be Bold to - Strike A Pose!
Have confidence in yourself. Be bold and try all possible poses that will bring out a great and unique look. Remember the words ‘Killer Photos’. What makes a killer photo: It is your stellar confidence and uniqueness that make these KILLER Pic’s. Model Agencies see thousands of model portfolios. Your uniqueness, distinguishes out from the rest. So, whether it is standing, sitting, ground poses, movement of arms and limbs or waist & head movements – that’s why it is important that models are physically fit & confident with the body and appearance.
Plan, Try out and bring all the clothing and accessories you want for your Model Shoot!
If you have visited any photo shoot, you will notice that almost always, the clothes you planned to match and take photo’s may not be the ideal in a photo studio/outdoor venue, and definitely ideas will automatically flow from the photographer/hair stylist and all on the set. It’s always best to carry extra clothes, so that last minute mix and match is possible depending on the lighting/type of backdrop and type of model portfolio you’re interested in making.
All Set. Start your Photo Shoot!
Most likely, your photographer will guide you on the multiple photo pose and variation of photo’s you will require to bring out the best quality pictures. Inform your photographer to include a full range of: headshots (frontal posse and profile pics), mid shots, half body shots, and whole body shots. Check a few pictures initially taken by your photographer, so that you know where your photos are leading up to and to ensure the studio lighting/outdoor back drop & other settings are all good or improvise as the photo shoot goes along.
Finally relieved that your Photo Shoot is Done. Select your Best Pics!
So many pics, right? You need only a few to make your killer portfolio. With the help of your photographer & those well versed in the fashion and modeling business, Identify your unique and most attractive and bold pictures. Narrow down your selection multiple times, until you finally satisfied with the right quantity and pictures.
Showcase, Market Yourself & Create your portfolio book or Online Modeling portfolio!
Consult with professional in the fashion modeling business, compare styles and templates of leading fashion artist in the niche that you want to be and create a stunning & unique portfolio that can compete and succeed in the niche you have decided. Ask professionals in the fashion industry, family and friends to review your portfolio and be open to all criticisms, opinions and ideas so that you and edit and improvises until you are satisfied with the final outcome of your portfolio.
Build your Brand & update your Social Media, Website Page!
In today’s world everything is digital. Your best chances or being recognized is by displaying your presence as a fashion model artist is online reflecting your particular niche of modeling. Keep regularly updating your profile pictures, join groups and register to modeling agencies online, so that you can start getting contracts and jobs in your line of fashion modeling.
Mingle with People in the Fashion Industry & Networking!
Networking, Networking, Networking – that’s the key today in any industry and Fashion Modeling is no different. Take even small jobs and offers and keep moving up the ladder, until you get renowned and well know within the fashion industry. Build key contacts with modeling agencies and try multiple Fashion modeling opportunities as they come along. Remember, you are the BRAND that you create and wish you a fruitful career as a Fashion Model.
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A Sincere note of Thanks! to the models, photographer & hair stylist for the photo shoot for Fashion3K.
Pragya Sharma – Fashion Model, Follow her on Instagram
Ellena Tutteja – Fashion Model, Follow her on Instagram
Nains Singh-Fashion Model, Follow her on Instagram
Photography, Jude Fernandes, Starline Media, Follow him on Instagram
Make Up & Hair Stylist, Gajendra Singh, Follow him on Instagram
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