I'm Tamera Goldsmith, a portrait and wedding photographer based in Colorado Springs and serving the Front Range: the Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo and the world. I specialize in wedding photojournalism and creative lifestyle portraiture, including maternity, babies, children, families and high school senior portraits. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 02, 2012

The basics of developing your modeling portfolio

Do you want to be a model? Before you take the plunge and do an elaborate, expensive and time-consuming "fashion shoot" to impress your future agent, it's important to know what any agent is REALLY looking for in a potential model. These five photos (taken this afternoon) are exactly what an agent wants to see when you come knocking on their door. A few things to keep in mind:

1) Don't have your Uncle Bob take them. Just because someone has a "nice" camera doesn't make them a photographer, and more than having a nice frying pan makes you a chef. Hire someone who has a great understanding of posing and light. These photos look simple, but actually took a great deal of expertise to pull off well. Having great, PROFESSIONAL photos increases your chances of getting signed.
2) Keep the wardrobe as simple as possible. Don't go shopping, unless you don't happen to own a decent pair of jeans and a tank top. Remember, this shoot is basically to achieve a great head shot and full length shot. You're not trying to sell any clothes or products here -- the focus should be on you.

3) Don't wear too much makeup. This is the NUMBER ONE thing that aspiring models do wrong when they come to me for this kind of shoot. Just foundation, powder, blush and mascara are all you need. Oh and a little Carmex for your lips!
4) Keep your hair simple and undone. Enough said.

If you would like to book me to shoot your modeling portfolio, give me a holler at 719-321-7990. Happy New Year everyone!

A good photo showing you with a natural smile wearing very little makeup and clean, unstyled hair.

A full length shot that shows off your cute figure, hopefully in form-fitting, uncomplicated clothing. Shorts or even a swimsuit are okay, but don't go for a vampy or sexy look.

A beautiful, tight head shot with natural makeup and hair, and minimal retouching (sorry!), so people can see what you really look like.

And yes, one boring "school portrait" head shot with natural hair and makeup, smiling prettily, is what your agent wants to see! The REAL you without embellishment.

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