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aileen cockburn

portfolio advice for my son and daughter

my son and daughter are interested in joining a modeling agency, I have wrote to a few asking how we go about this, my friend told they may need to have a portfolio can anyone tell me how I go about this ie what type of shots should I put in it and how many. my son is almost 13 and my daughter is 11.
Thank you

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6/17/2007 11:25:03 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  You don't need to spend any money on a portfolio. Send in a good snapshot with any information like age, height, maybe even hobbies. Or if they allow it, in person inquiries.
Any real modeling agency that feels your kids have potential will have some test shots done for you, that you won't have to pay for, because if they actually have a chance they'll make money for the agency.
The illegit agencies try to blind you with lists of who they've gotten jobs for, a wall full of 8x10s. They'll offer a portfolio package you can buy(maybe even modeling classes) and tell you they'll send the pictures out and let you know if anybody is interested. And add at the end, "remember, these things take time". That keeps you from calling back and checking for any takers.

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6/18/2007 3:02:45 AM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  I agree somewhat with Greg's opinion. I was a menswear model and take portfolio photos for a lot of models and agencies. Since you are a photographer (haven't look at your Port) you should take some quality photos of your kids for their portfolios. 2 casualwear, 1 swimwear, 1 formalwear and 2 good headshots. This should get them started. 2nd no legit agency will let someone that will make them money walk out the door cause they don't have a good portfolio. They have photographers that work for them that help out with their models portfolios. If they're a legit agency they won't try to sell the kids on any Model Classes for a fee.

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6/18/2007 10:37:15 AM

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