JOHANNESBURG models PHOTOGRAPHY
I'm a Johannesburg photographer, creating killer portfolio photos for models to knock out agencies and scouts since 2005.
Aspiring models need an online portfolio, so your first meeting with an agency or scout must be a high-quality photo showcasing your talents.
It is a value-for-value exchange and an incredible investment.
I charge a professional rate of R2500 for my time, equipment and creative juices.
From an incredible selection of images, you will buy those you love.
What you purchase is entirely up to you.
Images are sold individually and are R750 each.
These are the nine essential photos for a modelling portfolio:
- Clean headshot
- Full-length body shot
- Swimsuit shot
- Creative shot
- Emotive shot
- Black and white shot
- Smiling shot
- Location shot
- Closing shot
I pay close attention to the seven posing rules - chin, shoulders, hands, hourglass, body language, asymmetry and connection.
Black & White Shot
Models need photos with a friendly smile, emotive look, and moody expression; I will capture that of you; it is my superpower.
You will leave knowing I work hard at achieving these expressions, with plenty of laughter thrown in.
Less is more. I specialise in the most comprehensive and detailed editing but focus on a natural retouching method.
A headshot is strictly a head-and-shoulders portrait. I like to shoot a more flexible three-quarter image - a 4:6 ratio- which gives cropping flexibility.
I produce eye-catching portrait Z-cards for acting and modelling applications.
In today's business world, much of our networking is online.
Your headshots will be prepared for social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp, YouTube and Tinder.
Choosing a model portfolio-building photographer whose style resonates with you is crucial. My style is simple - not overpowered with props or unnatural posing - and never trendy.
If you've fallen in love with my work, it's because you love how it makes you feel.
I never outsource to another. If I can't take your photos, I will reschedule your session.
Choose a professional photographer with a gallery of consistent quality model images, making me the perfect choice.
What to wear
Keep clothing simple and in good taste.
A simple pair of well-fitted jeans and a T-shirt are great.
Agents and scouts look at you and your body proportions, not your clothing.
Bring your wardrobe on hangers to prevent it from getting creased - don't wear it.
You can do as many wardrobe changes as you like - time permitting.
Keep hairstyles simple.
If you have long hair, then take photos of your hair down and pull it back.
Agents and scouts want to see the length and condition of your hair, so it's important to keep your hairstyle simple and well-groomed.
Hands and Nails
So often overlooked, ensure you trim your nails. If you colour your fingernails, choose a neutral or clear tone.
Keep makeup to a minimum.
Think of your face as a template. A little foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and lip gloss are all you need.
Male models generally should not wear makeup.
If your face gets oily, wearing translucent powder to remove any sheen is okay.
I want your photos to stand out from the average model portfolio photos.
I use a simple one-light setup on black backgrounds, silhouette images, and high-key lighting for white backgrounds.
My standards are high - let me capture an award-winning portrait of you for your modelling portfolio.
I am thrilled to be among only two photographers in Africa awarded a Master's portrait accreditation from the Portrait Masters.
How To Book Me
Plan your modelling session two weeks ahead. I will happily work with you if this time doesn't work for you.
Your photo session includes a pre-shoot telephone consultation; we will discuss wardrobe, lighting and posing styles.
I want to meet your expectations, so I will ask you to send me examples you like.
Even if it is your first time in front of the camera, and you don't know how to pose, I will direct and guide you - that is my superpower. My goal is to ensure you look connected and relaxed. Together, we will go through your images after your session. I will guide you to help select the very best. You purchase the photos you love. What you buy is entirely up to you.