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Build Your Portfolio

Over the past year, I have been privileged to be part of creating many modeling portfolios for both starting & mainstream models. Many people of late have approached me & asked a lot about portfolio creation. Well, I would love to share with you some of the knowledge I have learnt over time, and hopefully if you are hoping to create a model portfolio, this would be a great place to start…I added some of the pictures I have taken, just to ensure that you don’t sleep through the post 🙂


First it is important to know what type of modeling you can do; If you do glamour or swim wear, then those are the types of photos you should have in your portfolio. High fashion models should have high fashion images in their books (another term for portfolio). Be realistic. If you are too short for fashion, stick to commercial/print and lifestyle images

Model ::: Evah Lavidah Nzuki on facebook


When selecting a photographer be sure to look at the photographer’s work and choose one who specializes in the type of images you want to include. If you are satisfied with their work, shoot them an email or give them a call to set up a meeting or shoot.

Model ::: Carol Kanyi


Once you have found a photographer you want to work with, meet with him/her before your shoot to discuss the themes, concepts and/or looks you are going for. Explain what types of photos you’d like to try. From here you two can agree on locations, outfits, date, time, etc

Model ::: Serah Waitherah


Make sure you have everything you need packed before your shoot so you don’t forget anything. You should have your hair and makeup professionally done as well to guarantee the best images. Agency represented models often have the comfort of having a makeup, hair and wardrobe stylist present during the portfolio shoot, while freelance models may have to do it themselves or get it done somewhere prior to the shoot.

Model ::: George Ndirangu, Proprietor Fashion 2Die4  FB Profile here


Once you have taken your photos, it’s time to review them and pick the best. Out of the bunch you’ll want to make sure to have the following among your images: headshot, ¾ body shot, full body shot. You’ll want different outfits and locations to show diversity as well. Play with poses and give a variety…if you have the same poses over and over your portfolio will be boring.

Model ::: Vera ‘Vee’ Sidika