When Margeaux's mom first contacted me she told me that Margeaux needed to have some pictures done so she could create a portfolio to show potential agencies. I assumed at first that she meant that Margeaux needed a portfolio because she was looking for acting opportunities. It turned out that what she needed was the beginning of a model's portfolio. Now you're asking, "Big deal? What's the difference?"
Let me break it down to basics:
- For an actor's portfolio, you want to make sure you are showing casting directors what kind of roles you would be a good fit for.
- For a modeling portfolio, you basically are just showing an agency what you look like and what body type you have.
A modeling portfolio is a little more straightforward and an acting headshot has some subtle differences and needs to reveal more personality. Modeling agencies are looking for all types of body shapes and sizes, for confidence in front of the camera, and they want to see at least a few pictures of you without makeup. They also need to know things like your height, weight and body measurements so they can find you jobs for brands that fit your features.
An acting casting director needs to see an image or two of you that fits their character description. Are you wanting roles that are more dramatic or do you prefer to be considered for more humorous roles? Often, getting type-cast is the first foot in the door and you need to show potential employers some personality in your picture and it needs to grab their attention.
For Margeaux's pictures we did some clean, simple studio-type portraits: up-close beauty shot, 3/4 length shots and full-length shots. We also went into downtown Woodstock to capture a couple different outfits and to show how comfortable she is in front of the camera and that she can produce both serious and fun expressions as well.