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Because most aspiring models don’t live in major modeling markets like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Milan or Tokyo where they can attend a go-see or open call, they need to submit their photos by mail, email, or through an online model scouting company. Whether you’re a new model just starting out, or even a model with experience who is looking to expand your representation to bigger markets, these twelve tips will help you get your photos right the first time and improve your chances of getting signed to an agency and getting booked for modeling jobs.(photoshoot background)
If you’re just starting out as a model, then simple snapshots are just fine. Agencies do not expect you to have professional photos from a well-developed portfolio. In fact, it can actually be better if you do not have professional photos because they want to see the real you.
Good agents and scouts will look at you as a blank canvas and think about how they can mold your look into something that they, and their clients, are looking for. If you submit professional photos or ones where you’re more or less posing as a character, then you risk pigeonholing yourself into a particular look.
Agents and scouts want to see the real you, so it is important to keep makeup to a minimum. Think of your face as a template. A little foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and lip gloss is all you need. Male models generally should not wear makeup,(modeling photoshoot background) but a small amount of bronzer is alright as long as it’s not noticeable. If your face tends to get oily, then it’s okay to wear some translucent powder to get rid of any sheen.
A simple pair of well-fitting jeans and a t-shirt are just fine for your photos.
Agents and scouts are looking at you and your body proportions, not the clothing you’re wearing. Never dress up in evening or black-tie attire, prom dresses, or wedding attire. Never dress in clothing that would be considered too sexual or provocative, including extremely low-cut shirts and jeans that sit very low on the hip.
The very minimum you should submit is one headshot and one body shot. The rule of thumb is to pick your best photos that highlight your best features. Preferably, include some shots of you smiling and some shots of you in a neutral mood.(modeling photoshoot background)
Be sure to include the left and right side of your face, because everyone has a “good side” that photographs better. Also, you must send body profiles where you’re not obscured by surrounding objects, even furniture or landscaping such as trees or boulders.
In the modeling industry, your photos are everything, and first impressions are equally as important.
Modeling agencies receive thousands of photos every week and agents will make their decision whether or not to represent you within a matter of seconds. Therefore, it’s important to always look your best (and appropriate) even in simple snapshots. You also must include all the statistical information agents need in order to represent you. Don’t get passed over simply because you forgot to include your contact information and they had no way to reach you.