Plus Model Fluvia Lacerda
Plus Model Fluvia Lacerda

Building an effective online portfolio…

When you build an effective online modeling portfolio, you provide yourself with potential opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to you.

Now that the internet has made it easy for agencies and companies to find and book curvy talent online, you can bet that they are looking for specific information to be included, as well as excluded, from your online portfolio.

Give yourself every advantage…

Please take the time to read this short article before starting your portfolio. You will gain valuable information and insight into techniques that will help you to build an effective online modeling portfolio that will capture someone’s attention — in a favorable way 🙂

First of all, let’s take a look at what it really takes to build an effective online modeling portfolio:

What kinds of photos will capture a client’s attention when I build an effective online modeling portfolio?

A flattering first photo that makes them want to see more of your portfolio

Photos that show your beautiful face

A head-to-toe photo that shows the shape of your body

Photos that show your vibrant personality

Photos that show your versatility

Clear and recent photos – Clients need to know what you look like TODAY, not 5 – 10 years ago! When you are hired for a job, you need to be able to show up looking like you did in your portfolio.

What kind of photos should I exclude when I build an effective online modeling portfolio?

If you are looking for legitimate jobs with reputable companies, do not fill your portfolio with overtly sexual photos or ones that are pornographic in nature. These are never appropriate and will never get you legitimate modeling jobs and / or agency representation!

Do not include glamour shots since they do not show the real you

Do not include portrait type shots. These include: school, family, wedding or prom/formal photos

For the most part, do not include photos that have other people in them, they want to see you!

Do not include webcam photos since they will not do you justice. The angle of the shot usually makes people look distorted and the quality is too poor to consider using in your portfolio.

Do not include every photo you have ever taken. Show yourself in the best light by choosing only those shots that do you justice. Clients would rather see 6 great photos than 50 marginal ones! Also, as you take more photos, you will get better. So, remove the older photos that no longer show you in the best light.

When I build an effective online modeling portfolio, what information should I include in the ABOUT section?

The ABOUT section is one of THE most important parts of your online portfolio! When companies are searching for talent, they usually are looking for a specific height, measurements or talent in a certain area of the country. Therefore, it is imperative that your statistics, contact / booking and information be up-to-date and accurate. By excluding information or posting incorrect information, you could be missing out on great job opportunities! (Note: There is no reason to list your weight, just make sure to post accurate measurements.)

What information should I exclude in the ABOUT section of my effective online modeling portfolio?

Do not include your home address, home phone number, social security number, etc. Try to use a free email account (ie. YAHOO) that you set up specifically for your online portfolio.

How often should I update my site for it to be an effective online modeling portfolio?

When you have new, flattering photos (remove any older, non flattering photos)

When you have new tear sheets

When you have any changes to your ABOUT section

Is there anything I should be careful of when I build an effective online modeling portfolio?

Absolutely! This website as well as any portfolio hosting website cannot vouch for the legitimacy of any company contacting you for work. If you have agency representation, you can have potential clients contact your agent to book you. If you are representing yourself, then you will need to do a bit more work. It is always important for you to make sure that jobs are legitimate and potential clients are who they say they are. Ask lots of question (ie. where is the job, what is required of you, what you will be paid, where / how will the photos be used, etc.) Always take a look at their website to see what kind of company they are. If anything seems questionable, walk away! No job is worth your safety or reputation.If you should have any other questions about the ethics or legitimacy of a company, you can always check with the following:

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
The BBB is a private, nonprofit organization with offices all around the country that can provide you with a report on local businesses. You can find the number of your local BBB in the white pages of the phone book or by visiting the BBB online at www.bbb.com

The FTC
They work for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit: www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

State Attorney General
This is the chief legal officer of the state and can tell you if the organization in question has been charged with any crimes involving false advertising, money, drugs or sex. You can find this phone number under “State Government” in the government section of your phone book or you can look up your State representative and contact information at the National Association of Attorneys General or online at www.naag.org.

Where to Build (and not to build) an Online Portfolio
Please do NOT use Myspace for your online portfolio. Companies wishing to hire you would have to be a Myspace member to view your images AND they do not consider this as professional as ModelMayhem or Musecube, etc.

Photo Credits
Plus Model: Fluvia Lacerda
Photographer: Lucas Jones

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