Model Folios are different to
Actor Folios. We describe Model folios in depth below. Actor folios
include some of the same elements but need to additionally include more
We produce many folios for models
- both for new aspiring models and for experienced models - male and
Many models who have a folio
done do not do themselves any justice. Having a proof sheet of a roll
of film showing poses in jeans and T-shirt doesn't cut it.
If your intention is to be a
glamour model and do swimwear, lingerie and or centrefold type pictorials
then height is not as critical but the right figure is important.
Also, you probably don't need to pay for a folio. Most magazines will
need to see some appropiate photos of you and most photographers will
photograph you and submit a few photos of you to see if the Art Director
of the magazine is interested in using you. In this way, by collecting
some of these photos, you gradually put a folio together. This brings
up another matter - photos you submit to magazines, etc, must be relevant.
There is no point in submitting glamour if you stricktly looking for
fashion or bikini shots if you want to be a centrefold - you will only
have the photos returned with a request for additional material. In
a situation like this make sure the hair is done, the make-up is right,
the photos do you justice and make you look glamourous and if you are
wearing much more than a smile then you are overdressed.
If your ambition is to be a fashion
and/or catwalk model then height is an issue. As one owner of
a modelling agency once put it to me "The difference between a
beautiful girl and a model - is a model is tall". Unless you're
almost tall enough to play in the ruck in Aussie Rules then forget it.
The best way to know what a model
needs in her folio is to look at magazines such as 'Vogue', 'Marie Claire',
'Cleo' and 'Cosmo' and look at the full page ads. This is bread and
butter work for photographic models. While some of these advertising
campaigns are mega-dollar affairs which is going to be beyond your budget,
it gives you an example of the looks and ability required of you.
If you have Cable TV then take
a look at the 'Fashion TV' channel or find them on You Tube. In particular
the 'Models', 'Photographers' and 'Midnight Hot' segments. You can learn
a lot about what is expected from you. We have a lot of this on video
and dvd and we go over these with potential clients. We try to accomplish
similar quality in our folios of models.
Try not to submit anyone photos
that look like they belong in 'Black & White Magazine' or similar
arty publications. These are great publications but demonstrate how
good the photographer is - not how good the model is. Fancy fish-eye
lens photos of models does nothing for the model.
Within a realistic budget, you
need changes of clothes, hair styles and make-up. Very different looks.
You need something formal, something casual, swimwear, lingerie, studio,
location, colour and black & white, or your own and with an other
model. This is what we produce in our model folios. We work with and
for the model to achieve the ideal result - you are our client just
the same as an advertising agency or magazine would be. You also should
include a photo(s) with another model, male and/or female, to show how
you can react with others.
One of the advantages of the
digital revolution is that film, film processing and proofing costs
no longer exist. While it may involve more computer time for the studio
it is possible to shoot much more material and give back to the model
a CD or DVD of many excellent images. The best of these can be enlarged
by the studio or simply taking the CD to a digital photo shop and getting
inexpensive A4 size enlargements. This is our recommendation. We have
few examples of our work here as, while the images are meant to to be
seen to promote the model, they are not really meant to be exposed on
a web-site. We always ask permission before using anyone's photos.
It is essential that models consider
getting a video done as part of their marketing. A video shows that
you not only 'look pretty' but can actually model/act and can correctly
walk down a catwalk/runway. We don't do video but have associates who
excell at this art. We no longer supply VCR cassettes but CDs and DVDs
complete with chapter navigation if needed.
We can organize hair & makeup
and have half-day and full-day competitive rates. We also try to find
new models suitable work and inform them of agencies they should join.