On a recent episode of "Americas next Top Model" Fashion Photographer Nigel say's the number one rule is, You must be act playful, upbeat and remain positive! It really comes across in your photos and makes it easier for the photographer to catch that one perfect shot that will make you stand out for your clients.
TIPS BEFORE A FASHION MODELING SHOOT. by Steven Gardner
Wardrobe For Your First Photo Shoot
Creating an impressive portfolio is one of the most important things in modeling. You need lots of professional and, most importantly, wonderful photos. First of all you have to create a wardrobe. Although original ideas are always appreciated by photographers, there are some things that every model should in her or his wardrobe.
The thing is you must look sensational. Blue jeans and T-shirt is certainly not a combination you need. Picking some certain style (elegant, youthful etc.) is the first step. Once you've decided on what style is best for you, so that you could pose easily and clothes would look good on you, start picking the exact things.
Usually there are some requirements for clothing when working with agencies. They might ask you to bring jeans without logos or with holes for example. This means you have to find the exact thing. Otherwise agency will get disappointed with you and probably won't call you again.
Don't pick one thing. Pick at least two or three. It's always better bringing more that less. Maybe they'll see something you have and decide it's better for them. It'll make easier for both sides to work with each other. They'll see you take your job seriously, which makes a good impression.
You have to make a statement with your wardrobe. The clothes you choose must create a character. If you know that the photo session is going to take place in some certain place, try to find out more about it, so you could choose the right things that would match.
Such clothes as jeans, skirt, black dress, jacket and shirt are a must for every model. Maybe you won't have to use them in each session, but it's very likely that you'll need every of those at least once. Knowing that you will be able to wear most of that clothes daily can't leave you any doubt is it worth sending all that money.
Have in mind that it's a great advantage if you have clothing for after five wear, casual, sexy and glamorous looks. Swimwear is a thing you won't do without. Although it's common wardrobe for everyone, you still have an opportunity to make your own statement, to look differently than others.
You won't be able to create a complete style without accessories. Gloves, sunglasses, jewelry and hats are very important. Match them with your clothing and you'll make a real good impression for the modeling agencies.
Even if you have a great wardrobe, don't forget that you have to take care of yourself as well. No photographer will work with a female or male, whose nails are dirty, skin is not clear or who has hair roots that have grown out after last dye.
Taking care of yourself and showing that you are willing to work hard and put lots of effort in the things you do is the key to get the job. Be original and express your character through your style and modeling agencies will get impressed by you. Your wardrobe, your character and your willingness to work are just as important as your looks.
* A Personal Note From Steven Gardner.
*One of my best portfolio tips, is to look in fashion magazines, Pick an ad, then try to replicate the poses and style in the ad. Some of my best models come to me with a magazine advertisment and say I want to look like this. Copy the clothes, poses and makeup. Always try to match the look, style and colors of the location backgrounds for truly impressive photo's.
1. Look in high fashion magazines or catalogs for impressive poses. pay attention to your hips, hand and arm placement then practice those poses in front of a full length mirror.
2. Pay attention to your head tilt, Your hair position and facial expressions. Remember, model see, model do. Attitude sells.
3. In fashion modeling, Practice showing your pockets, collars, belts and shoes. Try to draw attention to them. Remember you are modeling a clients clothes and products not yourself.
4. Attention to lipstick and makeup is very important. Great makeup will give a high fashion look to your photos. Delicious glosses, wet shining pinks, red lipstick, and eye makeup that opens and draws attention to your eyes will pop in your photos. Study the looks on this website and high fashion magazines for examples then practice your makeup in the mirror.
5. Its very Important to get a good nights rest the day before a shoot. keep partying to a minimum. Being tired will definitely show in your photos. Not only in your face but in your energy.
**True Story, On a recent designer catalog shoot of mine, Seven models were hired to model an exciting new product line, Hair & makeup call was at 8am, Two called after 10:30am because they were up late, over slept and missed the shoot, The Top Model was out partying till 4am and was still drunk and looked dead and lifeless during the shoot, Then the two amateur models hired took all the great shots and got rehired for the next shoot...true.
6. If attending a portfolio photo shoot, wardrobe is generally not in included. Dress as fashionable as possible, Select three outfits that best show your waistline. Heels will make you appear more slender and help your pose by making it easier to arch your hips and chest & shoulder's.
7. The only way to learn fashion or photo modeling is to get in front of a camera with actual shoots. Experience is still the best teacher. Avoid portrait & mall photographers, they generally will not give you the look or style needed for a professional portfolio. True fashion photographers for new models are not easy to find but can be found by searching the web or other sources If you do find a fashion photographer willing to use you for a test shoot ask for as many test shoots as possible to build your portfolio. Most photographers love what they do as well and tend to build a relationship with favorite models that know how to work the camera. Trying different looks and locations make the job fun and exciting. After all, that's what modeling is all about.
8. Some test shoots are free and are valuable to gain experience in modeling. The photographer generally has rights to your photos and will have you sign a simple release form outlining those rights. Your finished and edited photos will be yours to keep after a few days. These photos are now yours to reprint anytime you like to add to your portfolio or give prospective clients in order for you to find work. A paid and contracted test shoot can cost from $150.00 to $1200.00 or $75.00 to $250.00 per hour depending the photographers reputation, how many photos, looks and locations are used.
9. T.F.P or T.F.C.D (Trade For Prints/Cd) This is a standard term you will here often in your modeling career. This is when a photographer see' s a special look that you have, and is willing to trade his time in exchange for prints or a Cd so that you both can build your portfolio's. This is a rare opportunity for you, If you find a really great photographer you should ask for as many sessions as possible to build your portfolio of looks. if you truly want to find modeling work, you must keep your portfolio fresh and up to date with as many varieties of fashion styles as possible. If you only model sexy clothes and bathing suits the only modeling work you'll find is bikini and men's magazine style work. If you want to be a real fashion model and truly taken serious as one, Its important capture as many photos styles as possible in your portfolio. Think of yourself as the person wanting to hire you for work, what type of photos would impress you? Beauty and high fashion sells.