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Kick-Start Your Modeling Portfolio – 10 Ways to Look Better in Photos

Modeling is all about the look. In order to get that highly-coveted job as a print or fashion model, it is important that the modeling portfolio you present can impress agents. A good portfolio can launch your modeling career, while a bad one could make you lose out on the coveted jobs.

This is why before you pull out all the stops in getting that expensive photographer, you have to know what makes a good picture—or how you can make your look work best for you. Look up some tips on how to show off your best assets in photos. Here are some tips to start you off:

10 Modeling Tips: How to Pose in Photos

  • Fake a tummy tuck by twisting your torso, with one shoulder away positioned toward the camera, and the other away from it. This quick trick can instantly make you look slender. This is a red carpet pose, so you know that this really works!

Kendall Jenner

  • Use berry-colored lips with a hint of sheen because these translate well to the camera. Nudes and neutrals, on the other hand, can make you look like a corpse, and is very unflattering to your lovely face. Meanwhile, dark lippies have a minimizing effect on the lips, so dark mattes are a no-no either.
  • Mind your posture by pulling your shoulders back away from your ears. Focus on the length of your spine, stand tall. Turn your head back and forth toward and away from the camera so that you will look relaxed in your photos.
  • Avoid that double chin by elongating your neck and pushing your face forward. Think of this as sticking your forehead outward and then tipping your chin down slightly. Don’t worry if this looks awkward, even the highest-paid models do this. It’s going to look great in the photo.
  • Make sure your makeup matches perfectly—that’s to say, the right match for your skin tone. A foundation that is too pale for your skin tone becomes very obvious when the flash goes off, so make sure that your foundation and concealer match the skin to your chest and neck.

Modeling - Cara Delevigne

  • Play to your strengths. Curl your lashes and apply mascara, as this will open up your eyes, and they are usually the focal points of photos. The more open they are, the more the lights hit them and that’s how they twinkle.
  • Don’t overdo on the glow. Too much shine on your skin can be distracting, so it is best to apply matte finishing products to neutralize shine instantly. Anything too shimmery on the skin can also be too much in a photo, so if you’re really addicted to shimmers, keep it light to just the tips of your cheekbones and bridge of your nose with a powder highlighter.
  • Check your best pictures to check a pattern. Which angle is your best? Is there a specific smile that flatters you? Try to replicate your best photos when modeling.

Modeling Photo

  • Don’t forget your hair. Sleek and shiny hair always look better, and you look more pulled-together. Use a good pomade or dry oil to control fizz. Modeling photos tend to pick up flyaways, so make sure that your hair is in place, or at least properly tousled.
  • Forget saying cheese, a forced look makes you seem stiff and unapproachable. Think of something funny or joke around with your photographer, a natural smile will make you look naturally pretty in photos, so stay calm and relaxed. You’re beautiful!

Have fun and let your personality shine through. Your versatility as a model should be apparent from the selection of photos you present. Modeling is all about the right looks—remember that even the prettiest of faces need a little bit of personality and character to make their photos stand out. So go out there and shine.

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