How To Create A Modelling Portfolio

  • Amy Bebbington

Modelling portfolio is a term used to describe an evidence of work either in a printed or online format. With a society dominated by technology and the Internet many models choose to create an online version due to ease of use, flexibility and expense yet a printed portfolio will suffice too. Both have benefits yet the most important factor is the presentation and the structure of your modelling portfolio as in many cases it is the first impression that you will make on a future client. Do not rush the process yet build a body of work that you are proud to present. Top models such as Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss will all have a portfolio of work to showcase their experience and talent.

Find some useful tips how to create a portfolio in the video below.


Include images that showcase your capabilities in the best light possible. A range of professional photographs are bound to impress an agent or employer as they are able to witness your talent via a series of well thought out images. Hire a photographer and arrange a shoot if you are an emerging model who has not built a wealth of work just yet. The modelling portfolio will be an ongoing process that you can edit and add to as you so wish. Never include shots that are not captured with a high quality finish as amateur images will hinder your chances considerably.

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Carefully think about the layout of your portfolio to provide a sophisticated and professional look. Do not overload a page with too many images to avoid it looking too cluttered and messy. A slick presentation is much more favoured over a busy one, which looks careless and not considered. Choose a selection of shots that represents your potential in the best light and stick with these choices. An employer does not need to view a portfolio full of unnecessary images crammed in on the same page.

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It is important to include your statistics in an obvious place that the industry professional can spot immediately. Place on the first page of a portfolio as the agent or client will require this information on first glance and may give up if difficult to find. Always state the truth and do not over exaggerate as upon meeting your lies will be instantly revealed. Write in a clear, concise font to avoid a possible error in reading, which could hinder your chances if a digit is understood incorrectly.



A portfolio should be relevant and kept update as you navigate through the industry. Do not leave this vital resource to become out of date as you may miss an opportunity due to lack of organisation. If you deem the photoshoot worthy and to a high standard update your portfolio at your earliest convenience. There may become a time where earlier images look amateur in comparison to your latest work and need to be removed as time evolves. Be selective in your choice to present a high quality, professional evidence of work that you are proud of.

Do you have any top tips about how to create a winning portfolio? Let us know by commenting below.

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