How to Put Together a Modeling Portfolio

Put together flattering, professional photographs that demonstrate your exceptional look and style with these tips.

You will need

  • Professional photographer
  • Salon
  • Makeup artist
  • Modeling agency
  • Stylish photos
  • Clothing
  • Protective photo sleeves
  • Leather portfolio
  • Resume

Step 1 Hire photographer Spring for the price of a professional photographer. Call a modeling agency you are targeting and ask for references and contact numbers of shooters with whom they normally work.

Step 2 Arrange makeover Have you hair and makeup done at a salon before your photo shoot.

Step 3 Pick shots Have the photo shoot. Once you get the proofs back from the photographer, pick a variety, including full body, profile, and head shots. Vary the backgrounds and outfits to avoid giving the impression you were in one location with a limited wardrobe.

Step 4 Provide many styles Vary the styles and “looks” to communicate your versatility. Model swimsuits, business attire, athletic clothes, products, and moods.

Step 5 Organize photographs Put your best shots at the beginning and the end. Insert a black and white photo. Put all photos in protective photo sleeves.

Step 6 Purchase portfolio Purchase a simple black portfolio for your photographs to be carried under the arm, or one with handles that can be zipped and carried like a thin case. Use 9-by-12 inch or 11-by-14 inch pictures, which are standard sizes for the industry.

Step 7 Include resume Attach a resume to your head shot with clips. Document any commercial acting or modeling you’ve done; include height, sizes, eye, and hair color; and give information about your hobbies and talents.