In comparison with typical portraiture, model portfolio shoots represent a more narrow genre of photography, with more specific requirements and rules. This doesn’t mean that fashion and modeling shoots are less creative than any other genre; however, they have to meet certain criteria set by various modeling agencies. Modeling photographs also have to make high-quality prints that can show up in prestigious catalogs and portfolios, which is a great challenge for anyone new to the world of fashion.
We’ll cover the most important requirements of model portfolio shoots in the following list and offer some insights when it comes to fashion photography in general.
Ask the Agency About Their Needs
Before you even start preparing your photo shoot, you have to make a contract with either a model or a modeling agency. Junior models rarely sign such contracts on their own – a modeling agency is their medium. The situation is different with more seasoned models who know what kind of photo shoot they need in order to expand their portfolio.
In any case, the choice of set and setting in modeling photography should be up to models and their agencies. A photographer should be able to make the best out of the client’s initial idea and possibly enrich this idea it by adding a personal touch to it.