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Old 02-29-2004, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This question is directed to photographers who help build model portfolios.
Can anyone explain to me what the IDEAL Model Portfolio should consists of? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: Ideal Portfolio
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That depends upon who your target audience is and where you want to go in your career. For example, I would have totally different markets in mind for these two photos I've attached and so I would have more than one portfolio. Just my thoughts.

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Try Ketchum...
Old 02-29-2004, 10:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Art Ketchum has several good books on this subject. I have the first one and it was very good.

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Re: Ideal Portfolio - no way to tell
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There's no way to tell you, it depends on the model and the market. There's no point in shooting lots of fashion photos of a busty 5'3" model who lives in Tennesee. Even if she were willing to move to where the fashion work is, she won't get real fashion jobs with her height and figure. Talk to the model, find out what she wants to do, help her be realistic in her planning. Shoot a variety of images - indoors, outdoors, location, studio, casual, glamourous, swimsuit, lingerie, sexy clothes, etc, whatever will honestly help her find work, or whatever expresses her (and your) creativity. Try giving the model something to do, maybe with a prop, and put other people in a shot. Commercial models, those that sell anything other than clothes, should show that they can look good in a variety of situations, maybe with a male model looking like a boyfriend, maybe a child, or a dog or all three.

If its just glamour you're after, or the model is after, shoot the kinds of images you see posted here, or in men's magazines like Playboy, Maxim, etc. One thing to remember for a models portfolio as well as yours, is that a portfolio is always a work in progress, its never done. Also, don't make it too big - don't fall into the trap of thinking that quantity adds up to quality. A few high quality images are more impressive than lots if poor ones, and definitely better than many images from the same shoot. I generally don't recommend more than two frames from the same setup, if that many. And don't show any shots where, if you were sitting there, would make you squirm, or feel you had to explain something (we couldn't find an iron to get rid of the wrinkles, or she didn't wait long enough for the bra straps to fade, or whatever).

One more thing, and not to step on your toes, but I always recommend that models shoot with different photographers for their portfolio. Not only does it limit the kinds and style of shots she gets, but I'd get concerned that a particular model might only be able to work with one photographer.

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