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Monday, January 22, 2007
What Photos Do Agencies Look For?
Sure, each modeling agency is going to have its own requirements but when it comes to photos, these are the ones that count (some may ask for full body profiles, which is basically the same as a full body frontal shot but taken from the side):
1) Headshot: This picture is taken from the shoulders up. You should have two headshots, one smiling showing your teeth and one without you smiling. Wear no makeup in this shot. If you're dealing with a problem zit or are breaking out, clear up your complexion first and then take your snapshots. Wear your hair down or up in a ponytail--as long as it is out of your face.
2) 3/4 Body Shot: This photo is taken from mid-thigh up and is not a profile. Your body should be turned slightly. Still not getting it? Think of how contestants in pageants pose when they get to the end of the catwalk--that's a 3/4 stance. This pose helps slim your body and allows the agent to see the dimensions of your shape. For a more natural look, put one of your arms on your hip. Make sure your arms do not block your body--this could cause you to look wider in the torso than you really are.
3) Full Body Shot: When they say "full body", that's what they mean, so do your best to not completely chop off your feet in the picture. This shot is best done in a bathing suit, one or two piece is fine. And please wear a bathing suit that caters to your age group. No agent wants to see a 14-year-old decked out in a Victoria's Secret string bikini.
For all of these photos, as well as many others you take, remember to wear solid colors that complement your skin tone. Stay away from busy patterns, stripes, plaid, and don't wear anything that has a noticeable logo or brand name on it. Additionally, these photos should be taken against a plain white background indoors with good lighting. No pictures, clothes, posters or other objects should appear in the background. No shoes or socks in any of the pictures either.