People are often told that to become a model you need a portfolio, but before you rush out and spend thousands of pounds take time to think about what a model's portfolio actually is.
A model's portfolio is basically their CV.
A model's portfolio should always be a pictorial description of work that the model has not only done already, but be capable of reproducing time and time again. Given the same location, outfit and lighting conditions, a good model should be able to reproduce any photo in their portfolio at a moment's notice. What's more a good model will also know the difference between a good photo and a bad one so as not to waste valuable time shooting shots that just don't work.
A word of warning!
We have heard many stories of new models spending quite literally thousands of pounds on what is nothing more than an expensive photo shoot. Do NOT do this unless you have money to throw away.
How do you build your portfolio?
Quite simply to get a good portfolio you need experience. The way to get this experience is through training. While you are training you will naturally have many hundreds of photographs taken, both good and bad, and it's from the very best of these shots that you should create your portfolio. What we say here at 12 to 18 is...
Get the experience, and the portfolio will look after itself.
Once you have taken part in the various shoots and workshops that we put our models through you will have developed a great deal of skill and experience. Almost as a side effect of that you will have a huge library of photographs to draw from to create your portfolio.
As you progress from a trainee, through to a Rising Star and the ultimately an Elite model, your portfolio will grow with you. At each stage it gets more and more detailed. We also encourage you to update and refresh your portfolio as often as you can from your photo library as this keeps your on-line presence as fresh as possible.
The trainee and Rising Star portfolio are free. The only time you will pay for your portfolio is when you become an Elite model, and even then it's a one off payment. After that you can enjoy as many refreshes as you wish. It's all at your control via our web site. It really couldn't be easier.
How do I include my videos?
When you take part in a video training session or perhaps a catwalk we often produce a final edited version for you to see. To enable this we upload it to our YouTube channel where there is a playlist in your name. All videos on this playlist will then show through your portfolio page for potential clients to see.
What if I have other photos I want to include?
Sometimes a new model will have other photos that they would like to include in their portfolio. This is perfectly acceptable and there is a web page where you can upload these photos. You do have to make sure that you have the copyright owner's permission to include them and will need to get a consent form signed to this effect.