Put the cellphone down!
I get it, we are all great photographers when we have amazing technology in our back pocket and it’s so much easier to just snap a few photos.
Just trust me when I tell you this…
The agents know the difference, the casting director can tell you used a filter and your portfolio just wont print the same.
Hire a professional photographer:
When searching for a professional photographer make sure you look at their work, ask them if they have ever been published and take time to get to know them.
Never put yourself in the position to just take the first TFP shoot you come across. These photos will be in your portfolio and all over the internet…So make sure they reflect the model you are wanting to be.
Work with locals, you want to make sure you can work with someone that will give you the most reach. If you are working with a local photographer they will have great connects for you.
Quality images are key! With better equipment comes higher quality images. Even entry level DSLR cameras are packing at least a 24 MP resolution. While your smart phone is capable of capturing an image at 72dpi (resolution needed for web) there are still so many limitations with settings. A professional knows how to use their camera. They can look at the environment they are shooting in and from there determine where to set their settings on their camera to ensure an almost perfect shot. This will make for images that are more pleasing to the eye rather than an iPhone photo which can often look grainy.
A professional photographer will have a creative eye that others may not have. Most have the ability to see different angles that the average person may not think of when taking a photo.