Model Portfolio Photography

Portfolio Photography for Models and Dancers   ✦    Crescent Head and Mid North Coast

Whether you are an experienced model or dancer looking to update your portfolio, or an aspiring model starting out in the industry, I will work with you in a professional, fun and comfortable photo shoot to create a stunning collection of photos that will help you stand out.  Studio and Location photography available. 

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Professional Models

I have been photographing model portfolios for over a decade, and have worked with models from some of the top model agencies in Sydney and Tokyo.  With a background in fashion photography, I know that fashion brands, magazines and agencies aren’t just searching for a good looking model – the pose and the expression of the model are so important, and the clothing or product is the hero.

The model and photographer must work together to show the garments and accessories in their best light.  I will guide you through every step of the shoot to ensure all these essential elements are covered.

It is important to update your portfolio when trends change, if you want to explore a new direction in your modelling, or your look changes, eg. hair cut or colour.

Aspiring Models

Many people, when starting their modelling career, need assistance with how to work in front of the camera.  I have photographed many girls and guys starting out in modelling, guiding them with their expressions, and poses to suit their body type.  This kind of guidance is invaluable and is something you probably won’t find in studios where photographers don’t have a fashion/model background.  Without the right guidance, photos can look too “posey”, “cheesy” and “amateur”, which can be a big set back at the beginning of your modelling career.  We support diversity in the model industry.

Before you come to the photo shoot it is a good idea to spend time thinking about the kind of modelling you would like to do.  Options include editorial, high fashion, commercial, swimwear, lingerie, catwalk and promotional.  Create an inspiration board and study the expressions and poses of models you admire and have a similar look to.

Hair and Makeup For Your Model Portfolio Photo Shoot

It is important that your hair and make up is styled for your Model Portfolio Shoot.  This shoot is a big deal and could be the thing that really kick starts your career as a model.  We will be shooting a number of different looks, to show agencies what kind of photo shoots you are capable of modelling in.  The more variety, the better as clients usually book models who have photos showing looks very similar to the look they want for their upcoming shoot.  If you have only one look this may reduce your chances of being cast.

Locations For Your Model Portfolio Photo Shoot

You can choose to have your Model Portfolio shot of on location or in a studio setup.  I have a mobile studio which I set up in the comfort of your own home or hired space, or we can shoot on location at a time of day when lighting and weather is optimal.  I am happy to discuss the options with you.  We will talk through all your ideas and dreams for your shoot and will incorporate these where possible.

What Clothing To Wear For Your Model Portfolio Photo Shoot

Prior to the photo shoot I will send you information about the kind of clothing to bring to your shoot to help you get the most out of your experience.  Please send me a few photos of yourself or a social media link when booking, so I can tailor the advice to suit you.

Selecting Your Photos

I will work with you to select the stand-out photos from your shoot.  Your portfolio is often the first point of contact with an agency so it must show your best features.  Agencies and magazines don’t have a lot of time, and often look through hundreds of comp cards when choosing a model for a photo shoot.  For this reason your portfolio must stand out if you’re going to get invited to a casting.

It is best to have a curated selection of high quality photographs, rather than a large collection of mediocre photos.  But as mentioned above, it is important that your photos show your versatility.  I recommend selecting at least one headshot, half body shot and full length shot; as well as a range of different outfits, poses and expressions.  If you have specific Agencies that you plan to approach, contact them to ask exactly what they require from you.

Your photos will arrive as high resolution digital copies, which you can print, send to agencies and upload online.  Depending on your package you will also receive professionally printed 8×10 inch prints in a hand crafted photo box.  If you would like me to arrange professional photo printing for your portfolio book, this can be arranged at an additional cost.

Turn-Around Time

Your digital proof files are usually ready to view within ten business days of your shoot.  Once you have chosen your collection of images from these, I will complete final retouching and deliver the high resolution files within approximately ten business days.   Printing may take longer depending on time of year due to printer turnaround and Australia Post delivery times.  If you need your photographers sooner, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen.  A rush fee may be required.

Model Castings

If you would like me to keep your details on file to present to my clients for upcoming fashion shoots, just let me know.

Pricing for Model Portfolio Shoots

  Deluxe Portfolio  

  $2245 on location and studio 

-Pre-shoot preparation assistance

-On camera direction

-Up to 10 looks or variations

-Professional Hair and Makeup

-Professional Retouching

-25 High Resolution Photos

-Stylish Protective Photo Box holding 25 professional photo prints


Premium Portfolio

  $1045 on location or at your location with our studio set up

-Pre-shoot preparation assistance

-On camera direction

-Up to 6 looks or variations

-Professional Retouching

-15 High Resolution Photos

-Stylish Protective Photo Box holding 15 professional photo prints


  Basic Portfolio

  $925 on location or at your location with our mobile studio set up

-Pre-shoot preparation assistance

-On camera direction

-Up to 4 looks or variations

-Digital Proof Sheets

-Professional Retouching

-12 High Resolution Photos

-Stylish Protective Photo Box holding 12 professional photo prints


  Portfolio Update

  $795 on location (outdoors)

-Pre-shoot preparation assistance

-On camera direction

-2 to 3 looks or variations

-Digital Proof Sheets

-Professional Retouching

-8 High Resolution Photos

-Stylish Protective Photo Box holding 8 professional photo prints


*  Prices include travel within 40km (of Crescent Head).  Outside of this area, additional fees apply

♥ If you fall in love with more photos than expected, extra photos can be added on to your package at an additional cost.

Booking Your Model Portfolio Shoot

To book your photo shoot email Alicia on or call 0429 211 567.  We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your exciting journey.  For more information please check out our Portfolio Gallery.

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