Canterbury studio is the perfect place for updating a modelling portfolio .
Experienced though I am in shooting on location, the Canterbury studio is the perfect place for updating a modelling portfolio. Especially when the sky is emptying itself over the beaches and woodland. The truth is though that if you’re an aspiring model you don’t really need a full-blown portfolio. Really, you don’t.
Intermediate models sometimes want to fill a gap in their portfolio or get a new profile picture out there (hair colour or style being a common reason) but new models only really need 2-3 looks – beauty, fashion and editorial – to get them off the blocks. That’s a small investment in your visual CV, not a expansive portfolio. It’s also a more gentle way of easing yourself into it, especially if you’ve never been photographed professionally before.
What sort of styles does a test shoot involve?
Look one – “beauty” – detailed shots of eyes, mouth and hair to highlight the contours of the face.
Look two – “fashion” – 3/4 to full length to show a bit of movement, personality and basic posing.
Look three – “editorial” – slightly off-beat or documentary shot.
A test shoot is a great way to start, and no, you don’t need a full-blown, expensive, 20-print bound portfolio to get you a casting.
Want to know more about modelling? See our guide.