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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #236

Kat Wrote:

hey Dania i was wondering would you be willing to look at my amateur online portfolio and could you give me advise on what to improve for my pictures and my overall look that would be greatly appreciated.

Hey, Kat! For your privacy I removed the links you included with your comment here, although they were published when I accepted your comment on the post you put it on (I can't edit anyone's comments on there).

In terms of ways you can improve your pictures, I would recommend choosing outfits that flatter your skin tone and figure. Since you have a darker complexion you want to stay away from colors like reds, yellows and oranges. Pastel colors in blues, greens and shades like heather gray will be more flattering to your complexion. You also want to make sure that you use powder to take care of "hot spots" on your face, which is industry lingo for shine. A shiny complexion never photographs well. So always keep that powder handy...not only does it take care of shine, it also creates a more uniform/even skin tone.

You look great with a smile! Commercial/print models are all about expressions so use that to your advantage. The photos with you smiling naturally are your best shots. It's also good to practice your full body posing more. Aside from your snapshots where you aren't posing (which is good because you aren't supposed to for those types of pictures), your other images are posed in ways that don't really showcase your figure in the best way. Definitely make sure to practice posing in the mirror so that you can see for yourself which poses work for your body type and which ones don't. Not all models can pull off the same poses, especially if they aren't built the same way physically. To take your portfolio up a notch, you may want to look into doing a test shoot with a professional photographer who can give you the right quality and setup that will produce the best images.

I hope that helps!


Kat:) said...

Thank you so much Dania I really appreciate you answering my question especially because of the holiday. I'm curious though what do you think makes a pretty smile in a man or a woman. Is a pretty smile genetic or can someone be taught how to smile pretty I'm just wondering.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kat! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #238." Thanks for reading!