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What is portfolio and why you might want it

Date of publication: 12 May 2019 | Updated: 19 Mar 2024

Today, everyone has the opportunity to take photos on their own, each of us has our own amateur – a family photo album. Mostly, these are photos that reflect the brightest, joyful, funny, and curious moments of our life. We all start our photo session in early childhood and participate in it all our lives. We all love to take pictures "for memory," for ourselves or as a gift to someone – this way, we keep in memory all the best that happens to us.

So, why do we need professional photographers?

If you want to get a really high-quality photo, then turning to a professional is the only way out. From the point of view of an ordinary person, a portfolio is just a set of professional artistic photographs. But the goal of different portfolios varies.

Professional Portfolio

A modeling portfolio is an integral part of the professional path for people for whom appearance plays a key role in their career. These are actors, models, TV hosts, and other specialists whose work is closely related to their visual representation. For them, a portfolio is not just a collection of photos but a carefully selected collection of works that demonstrates their versatility, the ability to embody various images and styles, as well as their unique physical data and charisma.

A quality modeling portfolio includes a variety of shots: from standard portraits to creative images executed in different genres and styles. It should show the model from various angles and in different lighting, so potential employers can assess the full spectrum of her appearance and expressiveness.

To create an impressive portfolio, it is recommended to work with professional photographers who have experience in creating portfolios for models. Work with different photographers choosing the best shots from various styles. The goal of an artistic portfolio is to present you in the most favorable light in terms of photogenicity, physical data, emotional state, plasticity, images, highlight individuality, reveal you as a person.

Do you need to be a model?

Not only professional models but also anyone of various ages can order artistic photography from a professional – model data are not necessarily required. Any person can participate in a photo session. This gives an opportunity to experiment with your image, change yourself, open up, get rid of complexes, try yourself as a photo model, capture your beauty and, finally, just enjoy the shooting.

"I'm shy!"

Don't worry, it's perfectly normal. Your age, build, or type of appearance do not play a decisive role. Whether you are 5 or 65, slim or full-bodied, have a model appearance or the most ordinary one – the main thing is your desire to be beautiful, feminine, sexy, unique, and extraordinary. And it is this desire that is the key to success. And believe me, experience is not required here.

It's also important to approach the choice of a photographer for your first photo session correctly. To have a positive experience, turn to a specialist who has experience working with inexperienced models. Do not immediately go to a photographer who shoots for magazines or advertising campaigns. Choose a professional who can create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, which will help you open up and feel more confident.

Experience begins with the first step

If you consider yourself to be not photogenic, remember that this is not a reason to refuse a photo session. Photogenicity is not an innate trait but a skill that can be developed with the help of a professional photographer. The key to successful photography lies not only in your appearance but also in the ability to relax in front of the camera, adopt the right pose, and express your true emotions. A professional photographer will help you with this, advising on how best to position yourself, how to use lighting and surroundings to create the perfect shot.

Try it – and you will surprise yourself first of all

It is important to remember that every person is unique, and there is something beautiful in everyone. A professional photo session can help you see this beauty in yourself, open up new horizons, and even overcome shyness. Do not let doubts about your photogenicity become an obstacle to creating beautiful memories and expressing yourself through the art of photography.

photo: Dimas Frolov
About the Author

Portrait photographer based on Samui, Thailand.
Originally from Ukraine, he has over 15 years of photography experience taking pictures around Europe and Asia. Multi-Award winner and author of many articles about photography.
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