Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Do your modeling goals equal your modeling photos?

I am kinda upset right now. I just saw some photos of a pretty girl who put a smile into her shots and seemed to be improving and getting towards creating photos that represent "print modeling" but then, I saw it.

A see-through top and the sad wrong outfit that killed the photo's chances of helping her work with a modeling agency.  It is hard to look at. 

Often I get emails to review the images from girls who want to be models, and often I end up seeing a pretty girl or a girl with a nice smile and personality, and often her email includes how she wants a modeling agency to work with her.

Well, often to couple the smile is a shirt that see-through, or kinda rauchy, and the smile is nice, the hair looks good, the skin is even and pretty but the outfit is ALL wrong.

It takes a lot of work to get the right things you need to get ahead and get oportunities to be hired to model for something legit, an ad campaign, a commercial, etc. And getting things in order, the right makeup, styling, etc, isn't that complex but you do have to slow down and really think about what it is that you need. Or else you will waste your time with crappy photos that do not tell professionals that you are serious about your pursuits.

To work with professionals you have to strive to create professional work. And take yourself and goals seriously.

And when it comes to making a comp card and  creating the photos you need to attract a print modeling agency, I do think the styling does matter for your modeling photos, especially if you want to work with an agency and you are shorter.

Before you shoot I would think of your modeling goals. Not just shoot to feel hot, (that's not modeling, that's being a tease,) and really understand what an agency would want to see. Study the agencies website, notice the models on it, notice the styling, the hair, the makeup, the models smile.

Personality is one of the best assets of a shorter girl, but if you want to work with a print modeling agency, then you have to target the right photos, and the right outfit as well.

When picking out clothing for print modeling photos that will attract an agency think about these 3 things:

Basic is better: The more basic the outfit the better. Basic as in, not overly fashion forward. It is best to have solid colors. A black dress, a red dress, vs. one that is a million colors or looking too fashion-forward. Trends change so you want a classic  outfit, which will mean the longer that shot can last in your portfolio.
Is your outfit narrow minded? Does it say you can only do one type of modeling? Does it represent something a girl in an ad modeling a product would wear? (Go study some ads you see in magazines like, Glamour, Marie Claire, Women's Health, look at ads and watch commercials, what are the girls wearing? Usually it is not something overly sexy or something with a million logos or dizzy designs on it. Usually it is simple.

What are you modeling? Are you modeling anything in the shot?  The next tip is based on "actually modeling something."  If you want to be hired to model for a brand, model a product for a ad campaign, or magazine editorial I suggest showing you CAN model products well in your shots. So when you consider your outfit ask yourself "does my outfit represent what I want to model?"   Think of ads for jeans, shoes, handbags, etc, and study ads that involve models modeling products and apply holding products, wearing outfits that have a commercial print feel. A catalog feel, or an ad for a cell phone company.  Think about your goals as a model and make sure your outfit represents them.

The reason you might not be working with an agency is because your photos are not helping you, so becareful when deciding on the styling for your shot. If you are wearing a lace shirt with a bra seen through it, and a pair of skinny jeans or a short skirt, this is the wrong outfit for print modeling. So think about your goals, think about what someone else would think of your photo. If it is just "a cute photo" or "a hot shot" it might not be a modeling photo at all. Really getting opportunity involves thinking about what your photos are saying and your outfit can easily ruin a photo.

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