First Impressions Last: How to Build a Great Modelling Portfolio

modellingJessica Hart. Abbey Lee Kershaw. Nicole Trunfio. Miranda Kerr.

What do these women have in common? They are all models, yes. They have graced the covers of the most popular magazines, scored the biggest campaigns in the world and led glamour in the most talked about runway shows. But the common denominators do not stop there. Jessica Hart, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Nicole Trunfio and Miranda Kerr all hail from the Land Down Under.

Australia is home to many beautiful women who have found great success in the modelling world. Their success continues to inspire more who are strutting their way through the same arena. For instance, in Perth, modelling jobs are in-demand and more people are striving to break into the modelling industry. With so much competition, it is important to find ways to stand out.

When it comes to scoring a modelling job, it is all about first impressions. You need to present something that will leave agencies with no choice but to hire you. So, how exactly are you going to do that? Here’s a simple advice: build a great portfolio.

Make an Impression

There are four types of photos in a modelling portfolio: the ugly, the good, the great and the wow. Your portfolio should contain only the great and the wow. To do that, here are a few concepts to remember:

Less is more. It is better to have just six wow photos than to carry dozens of ugly ones. Focus on the quality rather than the quantity of your pictures. If you are a new model, 6-12 photos are enough. For those with more experience, the standard is to have 10-25 pictures. Remember to include smiling, full-length, no-make up, and beauty shots.
Ability to portray. Yes, a modelling portfolio should wow agencies with your good looks. Be reminded, though, that it is not just about that. Your portfolio should also show them your ability to portray various characters and personalities. This is what will set you apart from all the other models. Develop your ability to portray characters.
Black and white. Do not be afraid to include black and white photos in your portfolio. Your book is your expression of artistry as a model. So if you want to have black and white, go ahead.

An outstanding modelling portfolio is your one-way ticket to modelling success. Start making your portfolio now and make an impression!

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.