This post will be a little about modeling portfolio shoots, or so called tests.
I do fair amount of modeling portfolio tests here in Edinburgh and little bit in Glasgow as well. I shoot on locations and also in the studio. Recently more in the studio as girls mainly are approaching me for head shot sessions. I work with various MUA’s ( Make up artists) and currently are on the look out for good stylists.
I like to work with team, as there are more eyes on the set and possibilities that they will notice something what I haven’t. Also it is good to have an extra pair of hands to help me with holding or moving or just having someone to chat and bounce back shoot ideas. Generally shoot ideas are pre set. We meet up with girls and MUA and decide what would we like to do. Get decision on looks and concepts and then is more clear idea of what we would be doing.
Kirsty had a typical approach. Generally girls/boys who are just thinking of going into world of modeling or with no clue of what they like and what should be in their portfolio, would come and say ” I need a portfolio.” So we have to sit down and have a chat about their ideas of being in modeling. As a first thing, I generally would say that they don’t need a portfolio to get into the modeling agency 🙂 You just need to approach agency and if you will fit their criteria, they will take you on anyway. And then you will build your folio from different shoots and tests.
It is good if people have already mind set, and say ” I want nice head shot “, but if they don’t then the list of ideas can be put together from my own library or people bring along what they like and compile all possible research ideas.
With Kirsty, we decided to do a welcome session outside ( girls/boys are more relaxed in outside environment ) and then get one shoot done in the studio. She didn’t have any images, so we worked from the scratch. So that she has some kind of anchor point to work from.
First we generally do a headshot and MUA is making their magic. I actually shoot head-shots all the time during the session, as the best ones are coming along in more relaxed manner. But these ones are our beginning point.
Idea fro this shot, was to create interesting pose and once I had it, I knew that I will apply some arty affect.
I like to simplify my sessions and just stop and take some more relaxed shots.
This is just a brief run trough the session and how do I work. Obviously there are more other aspects of his, but this is a beginning for those who would be considering to come for a modeling portfolio update session.
Thank You Kirsty for a great session and everybody who were helping me on the set. Thanks.
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