Professionnal photoshoot : any advices ?

  • disasterpiece

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    Oct 12, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    Hey guys ! I just got signed by a modeling agency (don't ask, they're probably blind) and they asked me for a portfolio-photoshoot this saturday.

    I've never did a photoshoot, now I gotta prepare a whole lot of clothings but more important, I gotta prepare myself !

    I'm heading to the gym now (heh !), and will probably be there until saturday, but would you have any advice for a poor beginner like me ?

    What should I do to prepare myself ? How's it gonna be ? What should I ask/be looking for in the photographer ?

    Thanks in advance !
  • disasterpiece

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    Oct 12, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    Don't get me wrong, it's print/commercial modeling, I'm only 5'9 after all.

    No catwalk for me. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Timbales

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    Oct 13, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    A photographer will have a portfolio you can review.

    As far as clothing, keep it fairly simple and straightforward - go with classics and make sure that they are well pressed.
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    Oct 13, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Be careful. A lot of modeling agencies will have you sign up with them. Ask you to pay them a lot of money for a photo shoot. Give you a photo shoot and you'll never hear from them again.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 13, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    When putting a portfolio together you will need certain things to be there

    You will need a headshot .... face

    Full body clothes ........ high end fashion

    Casual.... think A&F

    Something Catalogue-y ... tricky you need it NOT to look like a catalogue

    an Action shot

    and a Body shot ... Not naked icon_eek.gif

    .and it should be a mix of color and B&W
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    Oct 13, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    Do chest, bicep and ab work out in the morning right before the shoot so you look pumped.
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    Oct 13, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    Hard to give specific advice without knowing more details, especially the type of modeling involved, such as fashion or fitness modeling. If you google "types of modeling" you'll find links with advice that is specific to what you are getting into.

    Good luck and have fun with it.
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    Oct 13, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    SFYogi saidBe careful. A lot of modeling agencies will have you sign up with them. Ask you to pay them a lot of money for a photo shoot. Give you a photo shoot and you'll never hear from them again.


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    Oct 13, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
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    SFYogi saidBe careful. A lot of modeling agencies will have you sign up with them. Ask you to pay them a lot of money for a photo shoot. Give you a photo shoot and you'll never hear from them again.


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  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Oct 13, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    I'm a photographer myself with a little comercial experience.You can see a -kinda outdated- sample of my port at http://www.modelmayhem.com/740879

    For someone starting out this would be my pointers:
    - Practice some poses in front of the mirror, get someone to snap some photos (even with a cell phone) to see how those poses look on you.
    - I'll say it again, learn a handful of poses. I've dealt with models that only have a single automatic pose. Like those people that have the same pose on their facebook albums. Really irritating.
    - Don't worry too much about the clothing. Just make sure it is on good condition and without any big logo or brand. Do make sure it fits you. There are trick the photographer can do to improve the fitting of loose clothings, but there shouldn't be the need for that.
    - Mix it up, sport, casual, even underwear if you are confident enough with your body -I've seen your profile here, you should be more than confident. icon_wink.gif
    - Ask the photographer/agency beforehand about shaving and haircut.
    - Relax, the first shots are most likely to be awful, then things kind of follow into rhythm.
    - Mind your step, some of us tend to loose the nerves with models knocking over lighting stands and unnecessary stepping on the backgrounds.
    - DON'T DO ANY TYPE OF PICTURE you feel uncomfortable doing (like impromptu nudes, for example).
    - Your face just ask for a natural light portrait. Don't be afraid to ask -asking isn't the same as demanding- the photographer to highlight your eyes with the lights-n-shadows.
    - Read the model release form and keep a copy for yourself.
    - Get some sleep the night/days before, no one likes spending hours in photoshop fixing red eye-whites and puffy eyes.
    - This one doesn't really apply to you, but if you got skin problems, cleaning up your diet -in with the fruits, out with the soda/spicy/junk food the week before really does makes wonders for your skin. Same goes for diet/nutrition supplements that you know cause you acne, stop them till after the shoot.
  • disasterpiece

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    Oct 13, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    FriendsOnly said
    RiverRising said
    SFYogi saidBe careful. A lot of modeling agencies will have you sign up with them. Ask you to pay them a lot of money for a photo shoot. Give you a photo shoot and you'll never hear from them again.


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    Well, the interview went so good, it was the first thing that came to my mind. I did a little research over the web, and I find both scam alerts and positive comments about this company, though most of them concerned the Toronto branch of the company (called Orange Model Management).

    I think I'm gonna call the photoshoot off and ask some question before going on with them. They're paying for the shoot, but they ask me to pay for the comp-cards (3$ x 100 cards = 300$) as a guarantee that I won't just take adavantage of the paid-photoshoot and run away.

    At first, I thought that was logical, they want a guarantee that I will work for them since I want to get the money that I paid back. But then I realized that 3$ for a carton card is quite expansive, even if it's coloured and everything. At the same time, they do pay for the photographer (which seems to have a good reputation).

    I'm just not sure, I have a bad feeling about this, but at the same time, the company seem legit. It really looks like tossing up heads or tails but with 300$ involved...

    Anyways, I don't really believe I could really make a lot of money in this industry, I'm not quite the supermodel and I'm aware of how competitive this industry can be.

    Ugggggggh I hate dilemmas !
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    Oct 13, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    I just did runway. But I got tired of the circuit and had to quit. God that Tom Ford can be a bitch.
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    Oct 13, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    will you still love me when you're famous? icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 13, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    ur profile pic is good u shud do sumtin like tht wen u pose
  • disasterpiece

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    Ok, so yes, they charged me for the comp cards, but I made an agreement with them that they'd take the money out of my first contract and not directly from my pocket. That way, I make sure that a first contract there will be ;)

    Ok, I'm off to the gym, gotta get ripped for that first photoshoot ! Thanks for the help guys !

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    Congrats dude, you very great looking, no woories about it!
  • Latenight30

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:39 PM GMT
    SFYogi saidBe careful. A lot of modeling agencies will have you sign up with them. Ask you to pay them a lot of money for a photo shoot. Give you a photo shoot and you'll never hear from them again.

    do cardio the night before, then sleep. it will burn calories and keep you looking trim in the am.
  • xKorix

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    Oct 13, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    Have lots of poses ready. Think of what would look appealing in a catalog or will sell you to a broad variety of clients. Mix high fashion/commercial poses. It's a good idea to look through catalog's and other model's portfolios and if you see any poses or looks that you would like to emulate or that feel good to you, do them icon_smile.gif For men the main looks and styles for models is; casual(nightlife to student), sporty, business, edgy(high fashion)and body.

    It's also a good idea to practice taking pictures of yourself and learn/feel how you look on camera and to find which angles/looks(good side of your face etc.) work for you. It's always best to know those angles intuitively, so you don't have to think about it.

    Also do not eat anything starchy or salty the night before(for your eyes and skin) as well make sure you're hydrated. It's common to say "Be well-rested" but you might be a little excited and may have trouble falling asleep, but don't worry about it, that's pretty common for lots of people they still get through it just fine.

    How's it gonna be? The camera will be flashing every 5-10 seconds, just be prepared that it might be going at a quick speed. They'll want lots of poses/variety. You'll probably do a few changes/looks(3-4); casual, business, high-fashion, body, etc. (best to bring lots of clothes/looks icon_smile.gif) Just be sure to follow the direction of the photographer(if they want you to hold a pose etc.)

    That should cover it I think, that's all I can think of. It is actually a bit of work yes. But also make sure to relax, I'm sure it'll go fine. Yours will probably a lot less intense than this icon_smile.gif
  • Iakona

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    Oct 13, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    If you are doing commercial print stuff, make sure that you have shots with smiles....catalogue and commercial print always want nice smile, very natural, and casual. If you are doing body modeling, make sure that you have a natural face, don't look like you are flexing. A good way to do that is to make sure that your lips are not pursed together.
    Be careful with scam agencies.... the "Orange" modeling agency in Toronto is a big scam agency. If you want better details, message me, and I'll give you names of legit places. You are too short for high fashion/runway but there are some commercial agents out there that are reputable and there are some that specialize in body models.