why training?

Your modelling workshop gives you the core skills you need.

If we liked what you showed us during your test shoot the next step is to take part in a modelling workshop. The Modelling Workshop is the only compulsory shoot that you must do as a part of your training. This is because it's this session that gives you the core skills you will need to take forward and develop throughout the rest of the Model Portfolio Program.

How it works.

The Modelling Workshop is a session with the model, a photographer, and most importantly our leading model coach, Miss Callie Watts. The purpose of the session is to take the skills we observed during your test shoot and use our experience to enhance and develop them. At the start of the session it's quite likely that you will be copying the poses demonstrated to you by our model coach, however by the end of the workshop you should be able to pose for several shots unaided.


For your modelling workshop you will need to bring with you approximately seven or eight outfits. These should cover a variety of styles from casual right the way through to glamorous party style outfits as shown in the examples on this page. If you wish you can even include outfits based on a cultural theme or perhaps a sporting or dance interest, the choice is up to you.

We do like a mixture of styles and outfits though and frequently start with a simple outfit such as shorts and a T-shirt. In this outfit you will warm up and start to learn some core poses.

Outfits you might like to bring with you could include jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts; a variety of tops of different fabrics and colours. Try not to bring excessive amounts of black or white outfits. These can look effective but can also get a little repetitive after a while. Dresses of all styles are good. A little black dress is a must, but don't discount a nice summery flowing dress that could be blown around with a wind machine.

Make sure you bring a boob tube or bandeau with you for beauty shots, an unbranded white T-shirt for your first cover shot, and don't forget things like various shoes including high heels. Heels are a must for your shoots and you will need a black pair that fit well and possibly a nude coloured pair in the future.

Accessories such as bags, hats and jackets work well and give you something to do with your hands. Jewellery is also useful and can be used as a prop as well as simply looking nice.

Being professional.

The whole purpose of the Model Portfolio Program is to create a professional teenage model out of you and as such we will start as we mean to go on. Your appearance is everything, so hair and makeup are very important, as are the clothes you wear. This doesn't mean that your clothes need to be expensive, and neither does it mean that you need a new hair style every time you come to us. What it does mean however is that you take as much care as possible both in preparation and during your shoot.

We are keen that all our models have a good appearance, so there are a few things you would do well to avoid from the start, such as:

  • Hair bands on wrists.
  • Wrong colour hair bands for your hair.
  • Similarly, hair clips, make sure they are the right colour for your hair.
  • Bitten finger nails. Don't bite them, or at very least get some good false nails.
  • Painted nails are a no. They must be nude or French manicured. Colours are not allowed apart from exceptional circumstances.
  • Underwear, or more specifically seeing underwear through your clothing.
  • Make sure you have the right coloured bra for your outfit. Black bras under white tops is not a good look.
  • Similarly, bra straps with strapless tops, don't do it! Bring a strapless bra.
  • Patterned knickers under tight leggings.
  • Creased clothing. Prepare for your shoot and hang things up so they don't crease.
  • Washed out clothing. Tops that have been washed so many times they are fading don't look good on camera.
Layla Wood

“I really enjoyed my modelling workshop. I was quite nervous to begin with as I have never had a shoot before. It was all new to me and took me straight out of my comfort zone, but because of the help from the Elite model Callie Watts and the photographer Nick Beckley I soon relaxed and gained in confidence.”

“Working with Callie Watts was such a great experience as she helped me with my poses and gave me small tips on how to stand and how to move my hands in a certain way. Callie has such great experience in modelling and is a great mentor.”

“I modelled nine different outfits, plus we have a portfolio cover shot and a beauty shoot. I loved being able to wear what I liked and being able to take photos in my favourite outfits was the best.”

“The photographer Nick Beckley also gave me helpful advice about what clothes go right with the correct shoes. Overall I gained so much experience and I felt more confident in myself and my photos.”

— Layla Wood, Elite Model, 12 to 18 Management Ltd.

As the session progresses.

In between each outfit our model coach will help you with your outfit selection and also assist you with some makeup and hair styling. Bring your hair and makeup kit with you so you can make these adjustments on the day. If you don't have much don't worry, it's not essential at the start, styling comes later in our Makeup Workshops.

At the start of the session the model coach poses alongside the photographer in the same way the Elite model did at your test shoot, only this time you will get a lot more verbal instruction on your posing as well. As you progress through your outfits your confidence and skill will grow right up until your very last set.

The last photo set.

The last photo set is something of a special one. It will be your very first shoot session where you are posing unaided and on your own. For this session the model coach will step aside and keep quiet while you demonstrate what you've learnt by way of a sequence of poses. For this set you will be given a several number of poses you are expected to do in rapid succession. This can be anywhere from fifty onwards.

What will you learn?

At the end of the session you will have learnt many skills to do with a stills photo shoot. You will have a core sequence of poses that you can use for each shoot you do and start to develop, as well as some quality presentation skills. You will have started to learn how to take direction from a professional photographer and will have a basic understanding of how a photo studio works.

The workshop cost for this type of workshop are shown below.
Workshop typeDuration (minutes)DepositCost
Junior modelling workshop120£60.00*1£140.00*2
Boys modelling workshop120£60.00*1£180.00*2
Shared siblings modelling workshop240£60.00*1£220.00*2
Girls modelling workshop180£60.00*1£240.00*2

*1The workshop deposit, if any, is payable at the time of booking, with the balance (cost minus deposit paid) being payable on the workshop due date, which is usually 7 days before the actual workshop session.

*2Included in the cost of this workshop is the right to use of all media recorded, still images, or video, while represented as a model by 12 to 18 Management Ltd. This includes the downloading of images for personal use. The only limitation is that you cannot use any media from these workshops for representation by other agencies, and should you leave 12 to 18 Management all right to the media recorded ceases immediately.

The Model Portfolio Program is a professional training course drawing on the skills of many industry professionals such as top international models, model coaches, makeup artists, and photographers. As such it does have a cost, however we have tried our best to make it affordable for as many potential new models as we can.

Where possible we like our models to book a three-hour modelling workshop to start with. You can get a lot done in three hours which in turn means you will learn a lot.