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What are the different looks that are included in a good Modelling portfolio? It's not always necessary to do every different look. We can discuss and plan, what looks go best with your personality and what kind of work you intend to seek. some of the options are - Western casuals- jeans/shorts /tops etc, western formals/evening gown or a dress, Indian traditional or Indo western - Saree or a lehanga, closeups and beauty shots, Executive / Business look. Based on your fitness you may also go for sportswear or Lingerie / Bikini.
ofcourse CLOSEUPS are the most important shot of your portfolio. This should be the first page of your book. Closeups can be deceptive for the clients as they do not show the full body. If you are not tall or slim, you can still look stunning and beautiful as it's only a close face shot. So, if the client is primarily interested in just the face shots for his advertising campaign, then it should not really matter to him but it does restrict him if ever plans to do a wider frame for his shoot. Also, not everyone who is not slim looks slim just from the face. many faces are broader on the other hand but they have an excellent figure. Anyways, Its all in the face of the Model to begin with !
INDIAN TRADITIONAL is the look that is a must if you plan to approach fashion designers who do Indian wear or Jewelery and Saree brands are on the list of your prospective clients. If you are aiming to do a typical indian television serial, this is again one look which you may not really want to miss. However, do not go for it if you are not comfortable in Indian wear and you are not the type who would aim at doing anything Indian traditional. You may explore doing the Indian wear in a more unconventional manner.
OUTDOORS gives you a lot of options to be very natural and play around with what ever elements are naturally available around. It's much easier to adapt to the naturally available environment as compared to the studio. However, depending upon the location it may also not be devoid of onlookers and passerby unless you are shooting in some private space. generally for portfolios we prefer shooting around the studio as it saves time in commuting to the place and the same time can be well utisilzed towards the actual shooting.
Adding GLAMOUR to your photographs does not always mean that you have to expose a lot. While you wear low cuts, it adds to the Glamour yet keeping it very subtle.
INDO WESTERN - When we talk about Indian outfits, these do not have to be worn in a very conventional indian manner. A more westernised look can also be achieved and it can be made to look quite sexy without being indecent.
WESTERN outfits allow you a lot of flexibility in portraying your body language as well as expressions and possibilities of posing are a lot more as compared to Indian formal outfits. Body language does matter a lot in modelling. Also, one can shoot faster with western outfits allowing one to do more number of outfits for the portfolio. Depending upon your body type you may go for full or short well fitted dresses.
You may go for BOLD looks if you plan to get into modelling or acting roles which have such requirements. On the other hand you may do it just for yourself. You portfolio is in parts and you do not have to distribute all the photographs to everyone. Send across such photographs to clients and casting directors who may need them for a specific role or campaign. You do not need to circulate them to everyone.
or You may go for a more subtle BIKINI look. This is the look which will work well for swimwear or sportswear as it shows your toned and athletic body, most sports brands look for. In many countries it's almost a prerequisite to have one shot in the bikini as it shows your body type very clearly. None of the options mentioned above is mandatory to create a complete modelling portfolio. To show your versatility you may express yourself in different looks which could be very varied if you have the potential. It could be a narrow range of looks if you are excluding certain looks you are not comfortable with. The whole idea is to show your best in the photographs and be what you are what you aspire to be.
Munish Khanna is an Advertising and Fashion Photographer who has specially created one of the best online photography courses with a vast experience of teaching photography at his photography academy in Delhi. He has been running his Photography course in Delhi since 1993. Munish also specializes in helping young (or any age ) aspiring models to build up a career in the world of modelling and Acting. Do check out more details about the Modelling portfolios which he offers in Delhi.