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How to make a great portfolio and become a model

In this blog were going to talk about how to become a model, or updating an existing portfolio. Having a great modelling portfolio is essential if you want to make it in the modelling industry. It’s a visual CV, showcasing your unique look and abilities. With the right photographer and professional studio facilities, you can create an impressive portfolio that stands out from the crowd. We will explore how to choose the right photographer, what to include in your modelling portfolio, and how Alise Black Photographic Studios can help you create the perfect look for your modelling career. Read on to learn more about creating a successful modelling portfolio!

female model with curly hair in professional photoshoot

Looking to become a model? Or update your model portfolio?

Aspiring models need an extensive portfolio of images that showcase their unique skills and talents. It is important to have a range of looks in your portfolio, from close-up shots to full body shots to headshots. Your modelling portfolio should be professional and consistent in terms of lighting, posing, and styling. This is why finding the right photographer who understands your vision for your portfolio is essential.

Alise Black Photographic Studios will provide you with the expertise and state-of-the-art studio facilities to ensure that your portfolio will be both professional and show off your unique look. We understand the importance of creating an impressive modelling portfolio which reflects who you are as a model. Our team will work with you to create the perfect look for your modelling career. We offer creative direction and styling advice so that every image has its own unique story - one that showcases what makes you special as a model.

Our studios feature modern lighting equipment, backdrops, props, and more - all designed to make sure each shot captures the very best version of yourself. With Alise Black's help, you can create stunning images that capture not just your beauty but also tell stories about yourself as an individual. You can trust us to help you create an outstanding modelling portfolio that will put you ahead of the competition!

Alise Black has photographed thousands of model portfolios

For over two decades, Alise Black has been perfecting her craft as a renowned photographer. She has photographed thousands of models - from amateurs to seasoned professionals - and captured each individual's unique essence and personality in stunning images. Alise Black strives to create an atmosphere of comfort in the studio which allows her clients to feel relaxed, confident and best represent themselves in their portfolio shots.

Our studios offer a one-stop shop for all the elements necessary for a successful photoshoot: hair and makeup services, large makeup room, private bathroom, modern lighting equipment, backdrops and props. Each model photoshoot session in our studios is completely private.

Alise Black is passionate about fashion photography and committed to bringing out the best features of each model she photographs. She offers creative direction and styling advice throughout the whole process in order to make sure that you get the perfect shots that reflect your unique look and style. Whether you are an aspiring amateur or experienced professional looking for a photographer who can help you achieve your modelling goals then Alise Black Photographic Studios should be at the top of your list!

Your modelling portfolio is your visual CV

Your portfolio is an essential tool for any aspiring model, and it needs to showcase the best version of you. When creating a portfolio, it is important to include a wide variety of images that demonstrate different looks and styles, as well as your ability to take direction from photographers and display different emotions.

When creating portfolios, models should avoid including too many photos of themselves in the same outfit or in similar poses – this can be off putting for potential employers who are looking for models with range. Models should also aim to include headshots, full-length shots, and dynamic poses to show the breadth of their capabilities.

It is also important to keep your portfolio updated with new images as your look or style changes over time. Incorporating modern lighting equipment, backdrops, props, and styling advice from Alise Black Photographic Studios can help create a professional look ready for potential employers. Alise Black’s expertise and state-of-the-art studio facilities allow her to bring out the best features in any model’s look while making sure each image captures them at their most unique.

Modelling portfolios are no longer just printed portfolios - they have become digital media platforms where models can share their work directly with potential employers through websites such as Instagram or YouTube. Models need to ensure that they curate their social media channels professionally by ensuring all content is appropriate for the industry they are aiming to join. Uploading photos taken on mobile phones without proper lighting or styling will not do justice to what you have achieved professionally; so make sure you put some thought into how you present yourself online before applying for roles or casting calls.

How Alise Black Photographic Studios creates model portfolios

From the moment you step into Alise Black Studios, you will be in the hands of experienced professionals who will guide you through every step of creating your portfolio. We provide access to modern lighting equipment, backdrops and props for your photoshoot and have a team of qualified makeup artists on hand to make sure each look is perfect. Furthermore, we have stunning locations across both Sydney and Melbourne where you can capture beautiful land and streetscapes to add diversity.

The key steps to creating a professional model portfolio:

You will work with Treia, a highly experienced Stylist. Styling expertise, a colour consult, clothing consultation and lots of shoot preparation is provided. She will help you plan what to bring with you to your modelling photoshoot, so your portfolio is diverse and stands out.

The team will design 3, 4 or 6 different photo shoots including changes to your clothing, photo style and locations depending on the Session you book. Alise Black Studios will create a strong model portfolio that agencies and prospective clients want to see. Treia will assist you every step of the way.

Professional modelling portfolios require expert hair and makeup styling. It is important to bring the photographic lighting, styling and makeup together. Alise Black Photographic Studios uses Kryolan photographic high definition makeup, to achieve a flawless look.

Editorial makeup styling is really important to prepare the skin correctly for high calibre cameras. Talent managers and clients will want a range of no makeup, natural, fashion and editorial looks, which is achieved in the one Session.

Alise Black trained at S.I.T & R.M.I.T to become a professional photographer and has more than 20 years' experience. Alise will show you how to position yourself in front of the camera and coach you through a range of facial expressions to complement the photoshoot styles.

As Alise photographs each shoot, she edits your portfolio of shots to your best images. This allows her to direct your photoshoot for maximum diversity. Your model portfolio shoots will include headshots, half and full body images in a range of settings; studio, natural light, lifestyle and if booked also location.

Alise is so highly skilled she downloads, digitally edits and curates your best images during your Session. At Alise Black Photographic Studios, you won't see hundreds of unedited images. Being so highly experienced, Alise knows when the image works and will select your absolute best model shots.

Natural skin softening and removal of body marks is complimentary and a retouching menu is available for personalised requests. It's important that the images have an editorial quality. Your portfolio needs to be polished and professional for websites and potential clients to view.

Once your photoshoot is complete, Alise Black Photographic Studios offers a same day viewing and order, personal guidance on how to use your images to create an effective portfolio, as well as what steps to take after your portfolio is delivered. With decades of experience in fashion photography and expertise in helping models reach their goals, aspiring models are guaranteed to produce a professional portfolio that reflects all of their unique talents.

By choosing Alise Black Photographic Studios, you can be assured you'll receive the right look

For aspiring models looking to get the perfect portfolio, Alise Black Photographic Studios has the experience and expertise to help you reach your goals. With professional makeup artistry, hair styling, wardrobe styling and digital retouching services, as well as natural and studio lighting options for versatile model shoots, we guarantee an eye-catching finished product that captures your individual style. Creative direction and post-shoot editing services provide a final touch of polish that ensures you will receive the right look. From fashion to lifestyle photography – whatever style you’re aiming for – Alise Black Photographic Studios is dedicated to providing quality images so you can stand out from the crowd.


"I cannot even describe my gratidute to Alise and her team especially Treia from creating my perfect Portfolio, Alise professionalism is second to none. Alise and her team made my photoshoot experience so enjoyable and effortless, from the first phone call I received from Treia till the moment I received my photos, I felt genuine care and joy in what they do. The Studio is beautiful, warm spacious and perfect for any theme a person is looking for, it is covid safe and spotless. My hair and makeup was done by Alise herself and it was beautiful and natural. I cannot recommend Alise enough, and I am already looking forward to my next photoshoot. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU." Batoul Yazbeck - Google 5 Star Review

"I cannot recommend Alise highly enough! Beautiful ambiance from the moment I stepped into the boutique studio. Transparent pricing from the get-go. Alise and Treia were amazing; they were so helpful from the very moment I expressed interest. They answered all of my questions and dealt out helpful advice when I was picking out things to wear. They’re lovely and friendly people and I felt comfortable throughout the shoot (besides standing in heels, ha!). Alise gives advice throughout the photo shoot on what to do with your body, so you’re never left to awkwardly pose on your own. If you’re thinking about it at all, I’d recommend getting in contact with them and taking the leap. You won’t regret it!" Kobe Layton - Google 5 Star Review

"I wish I could give more then 5 stars.. I honestly was so nervous going into this and I couldn't have had a better experience. Alise was super friendly and had me laughing the whole time..the best part though, my photos came out insane. Honesty, im still in disbelief with a few of them. Just incredible." David Di Tonto - Google 5 Star Review

male model on location with hand to face in black and white photography
Male Model Portfolio by Alise Black Photographic Studios


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