Your portfolio is the roadmap of your career as a fashion model. It should include photos of all your various looks, updated frequently, and should include samples of your published work.

Jon Pine Photography will help you create a well-rounded portfolio that will get you noticed in the industry, and will get you hired. We can help you create compelling composites, too, and we will do our best to get your face in front of modeling agents and advertisers looking for models.

Here are a few things that you should consider before you come to your portfolio shoot:

Variety is the Spice of Life
Show yourself modeling as many different looks as possible – you never know exactly what your clients will be looking for, and you'll want to show them as much as possible. There are all kinds of modeling opportunities out there, so make yourself as marketable as possible.

Bring six to eight outfits that you – and others who know you well – feel are flattering to you, including at least two swimwear outfits. Avoid clothing with wide stripes, overly bright colors and "wild" patterns. Instead, choose clothing with colors and textures that suit your personality and enhance your natural features – such as your eyes and hair. And speaking of hair...

"Bad hair days" can be controlled. Actually, most people's hair looks better the second day after being washed. Your natural oils and shimmer have had a chance to return, and natural waves and curls have relaxed.

Use a conditioner if your hair is dry, and if time permits, make a visit to your stylist – or better yet, bring your stylist with you! If you like, we can arrange to have one here for you.

If you color your hair, make your portfolio photography appointment a week or more later, to give the color a chance to "mellow" before we take your photos. Bring a soft-bristled hair brush, hairspray and/or gel with you to your session, and be prepared to do your hair several different ways.

When it comes to make-up, the number one rule is: A little goes a long way. This is a close-up art form, and heavy make-up will spoil your natural look. Use a good quality foundation to cover blemishes and to even out your skin tone.

Choose subtle shades of eye shadow, blushers and lipstick to gently emphasize your features without drawing undue attention to them. Oily skin is the worst enemy of the bright lights in the studio. Bring along facial powder and a puff or blotting cloths to soften the shine during your session.

Use eyeliner and mascara for formal or "evening" shots, especially in the studio, but you may wish to skip them for casual and outdoor shoots.

Most important of all, bring along a good mood! Stress and bad attitudes actually change the shape of your face and exaggerate crow's feet and other wrinkles. Get a good night's sleep beforehand, and give yourself plenty of time to get to your appointment.

To help keep your mood bright, bring along a CD of your favorite music, or choose from our selection.

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