Since studying at University, my interest for the modelling world has developed; I have become intrigued by how photographers capture each precise moment with their camera and make every model beautiful. In todays’ blog, I will be describing how I’ve managed to start my modelling portfolio, without costing a penny!
The cost of hiring a photographer is ridiculous, over the course of the year, I have been approached by many professional photographers offering to work with me… if I paid for their time. As a student, I don’t have the time or money to give, therefore, I needed to find an alternative. Becoming a professional model, is one of the aspirations of mine but it is not my ultimate life goal. Creating a personal portfolio will allow me to build my confidence working with a camera, but ultimately allows me to meet new people with similar interests to me. I am no professional model, so learning how to present yourself infront of a camera is still a learning curb for me.
After shooting with my photography friend Reese Edwards yesterday; I can share some top tips, if you’re also thinking of creating a portfolio:
Keep it natural:
Its not all about looking glam, most photographers prefer their models with a natural looking face. For my base, I used my medium coverage FitMe foundation, Rimmel London Pressed Powder, then gave my face a little warmth and definition with Lottie London Tan Bronzing Powder and then used Revolution Makeup Strobe Highlighter to finish the look. For brows, I used MUA brow prommade to give my brows a natural fuller look. For eyes, I used NYX baked brown eyeshadow and Loreal Paris Paradise mascara, then used a eyelash curler to give lashes a bit of length and volume. I finished my makeup look with my Nip&Fab liquid lipstick in the shade Lemonade, this matte mauve nude is perfect for a natural look as it adds a bit of colour to the lips and isn’t too obvious, which is what is wanted.
Back to Basics:
The theme of my shoot was Portrait Photography, this means that the photographer would be capturing full-length and close-ups of me. After discussing the theme with the photographer, we decided I should dress rather basic, as we were planning shoot in the woods and infront of a loud, vibrant graffiti wall.
I learnt that the surroundings would be bright and colourful and I didn’t want my clothes to wash out the effect, so I opted to wear a basic white top, black jeans and a simple blue denim jacket. I decided to wear a jacket, as I thought I can use the jacket for different looks which would make the shoot more fun and less static.
Some shoots will require you to dress more glamorous, but it all depends on the nature of the shoot. Most photographers will tell you what look they’re after and will give you advice on how to style yourself. If you’re planning to make your own portfolio, I would recommend wearing figure-hugging-hugging but comfy clothes- you need to look confident and wearing an outfit that shows off your best assets, but also makes you feel relaxed is essential. But, always check with your photographer first.
The most important thing is confidence. You need to stand and look confident, don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone. Professional photographers will reassure you and give you guidance on how to stand and look, if you’re unsure. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up…if you don’t feel comfortable doing a particular shoot, tell your photographer!
Enjoy it, don’t worry about how the pictures will plan out- a good photographer will allow you to see the images before they’re published. Make the shoot fun, have a giggle, don’t worry about what others may think.
I hope this blog is helpful for anyone who is planning to create a portfolio, I am planning to shoot again very soon and will be writing another blog on that experience.