Norwich, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 22, 2009 -- â¢ Make sure the location is well-lit. If it's sunny, make the most of the natural light and have your photos taken outside. The type of sunlight will change throughout the day. Avoid taking photos in the midday sun, as it will leave more prominent shadows. Instead, go for evening sun, which will make your photos look softer. If you can't get out in the sun, make sure the room you're using is well lit.
â¢ Avoid cluttered backgrounds. We want you to be the main focus of the picture, so make sure the location you choose looks simple and attractive. Avoid taking photos in kitchens or bedrooms that are likely to have items and knick-knacks in the background that direct the viewer's attention from you.
â¢ Keep it simple. When choosing an outfit for the photos, choose something simple. Stick to plain colours and avoid wearing things that obstruct your face such as hats and sunglasses. Also, avoid wearing bold or obvious make-up: the person reviewing the photos is more interested in your bone structure and natural look.
â¢ Pull faces. Practice different facial expressions, we want to see smiles as well as serious shots. On Models Direct's website, you can find some tips on how to change and control your face to achieve different expressions.
â¢ Have fun! We want to see that you are happy and relaxed in front of the camera. Get some shots that show your character, as well as the more posed photos. One of the advantages of having a friend or family member taking your photos is that you will be more comfortable, which will come across in the photos.
Finally, if you have the opportunity to update your photos it is wise to do this regularly. Updating your photos gives you valuable experience in front of the camera to prepare you for modelling assignments. It also means you will be more likely to be offered work, since clients will be happier knowing exactly how their prospective model looks in a recent photograph.