'Become A Model' Author Gives Away Photography Secrets

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Ex-model and author Renee Lauren has added to her guide on becoming a model, by revealing the typical mistakes people make when submitting photographs.

You can be standing right there in person and agencies will still look at your photos instead

Ex-model and author Renee Lauren has added to her guide on becoming a model, by revealing the typical mistakes people make when submitting photographs.

She now includes a photography tips booklet entitled “I Don’t Have a Portfolio Yet!” as a free bonus to her guide “Let’s Model!”

“Those looking to become models of the future need to understand the importance of photographs. You can be standing right there in person and agencies will still look at your photos instead,” Renee said.

The reason is because some people are a lot more “photogenic” (or camera friendly) than others.

That can cause agency staff to be more concerned with your photos than the real you, at least for the first few meetings.

“The situation is actually the opposite of what most people expect,” claimed Renee, pointing out how model agencies are often looking for a “blank canvas”, meaning a plain face they can do their magic with.

“The secret is to show us what you can do or become, with good, clear photographs in your portfolio,” she added.

Submitting photographs to a Model Agency:

It is understood that a new model doesn’t yet have a portfolio when starting out. There are some tips you must follow though:

Send a variety of shots. A model agency is unlikely to be excited by a single photo, no matter how good it is.

Both men and women can send photos with cosmetics but send at least one shot without any make-up whatsoever – and don’t forget to mention that this one is “cleansed”!

No matter how much you may love a shot, if the exposure or focus is less than perfect, do not include it

Include some shots with, and some shots without, your best smile.

Ensure you retain copies because some agencies may never return your photos or will take months to do so.

The booklet “I Don’t Have a Portfolio Yet!” includes 15 pages of such tips, including some simple technical advice on how to capture great shots. For example the use of your camera’s flash indoors is not recommended, unless you follow the special tips given.

Renee added, “Over the years I’ve naturally picked up a lot about photography but turned to some of the best photographers in New York for this booklet. Far from being jealous or secretive they were enthusiastic and we had a lot of fun writing it, though none were willing to take any bad photographs to demonstrate the problems!”

ABOUT Renee Lauren – A successful model who became a recruitment executive after a car accident, Lauren is the owner of Models' Fashion Advice and an executive at the famous Click agency, with 15 years of direct experience. Her book on becoming a model offers advice for new models in all areas, from child models to the glamour of the Paris cat-walk.

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