When you're first starting out (and from that point on!), good photography is important. It baffles me to see what some models use to market themselves. Just a quick scan of many of the portfolios on modeling sites will reveal an abundance of poorly lit, poorly exposed, uncropped, out-of-focus, and badly composed photos. Photos that would look bad in a photo album, let alone a model's portfolio!
If you were an agent or a model scout looking for talent, who would you pick, the aspiring model with mediocre snapshot photos done with a camera phone or amateur photographers or the model whose images are professionally done and really catch your eye? Never lose sight that this is a business. Would you go to a job interview in shorts and a T-Shirt? Then why not represent looking your best when you submit to a casting call especially seeing that you are being judged on your looks? Putting "snapshots" online does not make you a model. Be critical. Get good photos. Avoid representing yourself with photos that do not accurately reflect your potential and level of expertise.
Your photos are your selling point. They most often create the first impression. A viewer will make judgements about your personality, your professionalism, your eye for detail, and your level of expertise based on what they see in your photos. You owe it to yourself to only put up your very best.
If your business is to be a model, then you will need to put in the time, money, and effort in order to be successful. Modeling is work and business is an investment. If this means having to pay a photographer to in order to get attention grabbing photos, then it is something you should absolutely consider. As with any investment, it is important to think long-term and to plan out the steps of your career carefully. And in many cases, it pays to pay. And it pays to be prepared.
You will need a strong portfolio. The more experience you gain as a model and the better your portfolio looks, the more legitimate and more seriously you will be taken by clients and casting directors.
Portfolio Building Rates
General Policies and Information
* All clients are subjected to put down a 50% Deposit via our PayPal business account prior to scheduling a photo shoot date. This 50% deposit towards your photo shoot secures a date and time on the photographer’s calendar and is nonrefundable. The rest of the 50% of the payment will be collected at the scheduled shoot date and counted as the "Final Payment".
* There will be a rescheduling fee of $35 if in the event less than 48 hours of the scheduled date you notify the Photographer, via email to email@example.com, that you need to reschedule your production date. Deposits and Additional Surcharges are Non-Refundable.
* Shoot pricing does not include make up artist and/or wardrobe unless otherwise indicated.
* All models must sign a model release at the time of shoot.
* All shoots require a two week processing time from date of completion of shooting. (Does not include shipping/delivery time)
All digital edited images come with a Look At You ATL watermark in the lower right hand corner. You can remove this watermark on all your pictures by either ordering prints which come watermark free and/or pay the $75 watermark removal fee to remove it from the digital copies.
Additional Edited Images
All photography packages come with a specified number of high quality digitally edited images that you will either pick from an online proof page of all the images from the shoot and/or the images that the photographer suggests. If you want any additional edits you can pick extra images at the rate of only $5 per edit.
All Unedited Images
You can get a DVD of all the unedited images from your shoot by paying an additional $150 fee otherwise you will get a DVD of just the edited images from your shoot.
For the signing of model releases, I require a copy of your government-issued photo ID. Please have them handy at the time of the shoot or at the time of signing. I must have legible copies for my records. These documents are vital in this industry.
Feel free to call me at (800) 910-1833 ext.2 to discuss scheduling a consultation.