Building Your Model Portfolio

Each portfolio shoot starts with a consultation. We will identify what type of modelling work you are interested in and best suited for and set our expectations for the shoot. Once the shoot is booked, we will discuss the various looks, styling, and whether we will be in studio, on location, or both.

If you are new to the world of modeling, I will provide you with some great advice during our session, coaching you on posing dos and don'ts. We'll get the coverage you need for a comp card and, if booked, move on to fill out your book with more looks that will help build your personal brand and tell a more complete story of who you are as a model.

If you are an experienced model looking to update your book, change your look, switch genres, or just up the quality of work in your portfolio, we can lay out the specifics during our consultation and plan a shoot that reflects and nails your needs.

What to Bring to Your Shoot

Below are lists of the wardrobe items you should bring to a typical model test shoot. 


  • jeans (no holes, not too worn looking, black jeans if you've got 'em, no rips)

  • black pants (Cheap Mondays recommended)

  • tank tops (white, grey, black)

  • T-shirts, v-necks, torn tops, loose tops, baggy blouses

  • sunglasses and hats (from fedoras to toques)

  • a little black dress

  • a few skirts (Current style is best, not too short.)

  • scarves and accessories

  • nice black slacks and tan pants

  • 5 or 6 tops (Colors are fine, but no black, no crazy colors or prints, and no logos.)

  • a turtleneck

  • black and tan low-heeled shoes

  • black high heels (not too stripper-looking)

  • shorts

  • strapless bra, nude

  • nude undergarments

  • one-piece bathing suit, and a two-piece if you have the figure for it

  • a jean jacket

  • a blazer, current style

  • push-up bra and cutlets if you are small on top

Male Models

  • a nice suit (not cheap—This is a good investment in your career.)

  • jeans (not too worn-looking)

  • black shoes

  • tan shoes (cognac)

  • tennis shoes (no obvious branding)

  • socks—black, tan, and white

  • dress shirts for suits (4 or 5 in different colors)

  • 2 or 3 ties to coordinate with shirts

  • polo-style shirts (3 or 4 in different colors)

  • Dockers-type pants in navy and khaki belts (dress and casual)

  • swim shorts

  • shorts, cargo in tan or khaki and one dark color

  • T-shirts (white, black, a few colors, no logos)

  • dress slacks, dark and light (no white)

  • turtleneck

  • pullover sweaters in a few colors

  • dress and sports watches

  • ball cap with no logo

  • ball cap with logo


A lot of photographers claim to shoot fashion but very few get paid to do so. When building your portfolio, you need to shoot with someone who works with models on a regular basis, in a professional capacity. I work with multiple models on a weekly basis, from unsigned models to models repped by international agencies. I know which looks are in. I know what images you need in your book for an agent to take you seriously. I know which agencies are looking for which types of models and photos. Put your book in the hands of someone with the experience to know what you and your agencies need.

Comp Card

This shoot will give you everything you need to put on your comp card and and get started in modelling. Shoot includes three finished images: headshot, 3/4 shot, and full-body shot.


Portfolio Builder

This shoot will reflect a campaign lookbook. Shoot includes six finished images of a variety of looks shot in a similar style. Shoot includes five finished images of different looks.


Complete Portfolio

Set aside a long, full day to work with my team of makeup artists, stylists, and assistants. Shoot includes ten finished images, in a variety of looks that clearly highlight your brand.


Digital images are sized for portfolio printing (at 11x14") and for the web (2048px).
A non-refundable retainer of 50% is required to secure your booking.

Samples from Model Portfolio Shoots