What kind of images do modeling agencies want?
If you are really passionate about modeling and want to impress a modeling agency, the best way to do it is undoubtedly by sending the best photos. We reveal some important photography tips that modeling agencies are looking for and some guidelines to follow.
Simplicity is not boredom
Contrary to what may be your instinctual idea, modeling agencies do not look for extraordinary photos or fancy clothes. This can actually work against you. First of all, the agency might think that you are an inflexible person who is only interested in a particular style of fashion and modeling. They may also perceive your effort as arrogance. Agencies are looking for fresh material that they can mold and, most importantly, a humble person that they can cooperate with and work with. No agency wants to hire someone with whom they feel it might be difficult to work in harmony.
Therefore, always send photos with simple clothes and minimal makeup. Solid, dark colors like maroon and blue would avoid too many distractions and focus more attention on you, your body, and your facial features in the photo.
Avoid clutter and noise in background photos. Your experience should be as simple as possible. Remember that modeling agencies are taking care of YOU and not anyone else, so only you should be in your photographs, and if all else fails, find a simple white wall and use it as a background.
Modeling agencies are full of staff and staff who are photoshop gurus due to the nature of the industry. They will detect your edit in a photo from miles away. So don’t try your luck with Photoshop or any other software. In any case, editing shouldn’t be necessary to make it look good in a photo. Also, if you edit and get a call for an interview, imagine the disappointment you will give the agency on your first day. The best way is to be natural and to be known for your authentic appearance and confident personality. A credible agency will have the creative brain to envision you with makeup and clothing of varying degrees and complexities without you physically wearing them.
If you are really interested in modeling and want to dedicate your life to it, the way you post on social media is also very important. Model agencies are often online and have digital knowledge to keep their agency relevant over time. They will likely do a background check on you if they are interested in you. Said that; Don’t post studio-quality shots or photos online. Modeling agencies don’t want you to portray your social life as a professional network. Post casual photos and selfies that show that you can look good without trying too hard. Show that you know how to have a good time and have a vibrant personality.
There you have it, the best qualities photography agencies look for. Also, be sure to check the photo submission guidelines and make sure you adhere to them. Typically, agencies will need at least one photo of the face and body, and may have other specific requirements as well. Ask a trusted friend or family member you know to take the photos for you. Submit clear, simple and well-taken photos, and you’ve surely gotten your modeling ticket!