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What are Model Digitals


What are modeling digitals?

Modeling digitals is another term for the term we all know, polaroids. According to Mike

McGee photography, they are natural images of what someone currently looks like. Modeling

digitals are taken with a digital camera to get pictures of the model in natural lighting with a

white or neutral background to show their natural look from various angles. In the past, they

were taken with an instant polaroid camera to get pictures at the moment with simple lighting.

These pictures give agencies or clients a good idea of what the model looks like without heavy

makeup or photoshop editing. These pictures are raw versions of the model before the editing.

Sometimes, professional pictures overshadow modeling digitals because people think that

model digitals are intimidating and have to be perfect. This is not the case, as it’s simpler than

you think.

Why modeling digitals?

Modeling industries need unedited pictures to see what the model looks like before the

model magic; they consistently update their modeling digitals to show constant changes in their

look, such as weight gain/loss in hair, etc. Agencies want to see what you look like as you walk

through the door. These pictures can be considered your “mug shots” because these are raw

and natural photos.

Who should take someone’s/my modeling digitals?

Getting them done professionally is okay, but someone can take their modeling digitals

alone. It is not the end of the world if you do not have a professional camera because taking

your modeling digitals with your phone is okay and can get the job done. For women, wearing

black jeans or leggings and a fitted tank or top is ideal; avoid baggy and busy clothing. Neutral

colors are the way to go, showing a realistic figure. The same would go for men; fitted jeans and

a fitted top. Black is always the best color to go for. Some agencies may require a swimsuit

photo, casual clothing, or both—the more simple, the better. My Model Reality suggests not

wearing wedge heels as they make feet look clunky. They also say it’s a huge red flag for an

agency to ask for nude or lingerie pictures.

When should I take modeling digitals?

Every few months would be beneficial to show major and minor changes in your look. It’s

important to update the digitals. As a model submits their photos to the agency, agencies

require updated digitals every quarter (every three months).

How much do they cost?


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The average for modeling headshots ranges from $150-$300, according to Fash. The

price of headshots varies by region or even as specific as zip code—a standard shoot averages

$200. But, there would be limited time for an outfit change as there’s only a set amount of time

for photos. Obviously, the more you pay, the more benefits you’ll get for pictures. Portfolio

headshots would average $300; the package would include time for outfit changes, and 10-40

photos, depending on the company. It would also include Photoshop features for color, clarity,

and brightness. $500 average photoshoots would include indoor and outdoor pictures, light

blemish touch-ups, 3-4 outfit changes, and more, depending on the company.

Where should I take modeling digitals?

If you want modeling digitals, find simple lighting in your home or wherever convenient.

The lighting, posing, and angels are so important. Selfies are unprofessional for modeling

digital. It’s best to have someone else take photos of you, or you could even set up a tripod.

Full-length photos are best. Mike McGee suggests taking pictures on a cloudy day where

natural lighting wouldn’t be as harsh. Find a white wall or light-colored wall with a window

nearby for lighting. Keep the poses natural; the key factor is being yourself while taking photos.

For close-up shots, if your phone has the “telephoto” lens, use this lens states 8elitemodels. For

all other shots, using the regular camera lens is okay.

What else is important to know?

Minor details, such as naming the modeling digital files, are important. This gives the

agencies the ease of knowing your name and finding your digitals. The expressions are just as

important, with no over-the-top poses or expressions. Subtle smiles are OK; keep subdued. If

you’re planning to submit modeling digitals, almost all agencies require a full-body shot, a

quarter-shot from certain angles, and a close-up. Some agencies may require specific per their

submission request, so it’s important to read their requirements. For example, fashion agencies

usually do not want smiling photos; Commercial agencies usually want at least one smiling

photo, according to Kamla-Kay. She also mentions that silly photos are okay to take, but do not

submit them at first to an agency.

Keeping these photos on the side wouldn't hurt to show personality, but don’t go over the

top with the silly faces. Agencies might request these photos later.

How do you put together a modeling portfolio?

Modeling digitals create modeling portfolios. Wix states that the portfolio makes the

model stand out in its uniqueness and differentiates it from everyone else. Before rushing to put

together a portfolio, figure out who you are and what your modeling style is. A portfolio can offer

authenticity through these photos. Clients would be able to place you in the best field based on

your expertise. As much as taking pictures yourself would be cheaper, investing in professional

photoshoots would not hurt. Research the photographer that fits your expertise and that seems

right for you. You could also look into student photographers or those new to the industry to help

them grow in their future endeavors. Show versatility in your photos and show that you are good

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in your expertise and in different areas as needed for the agency’s requirements. Or, this allows

other agencies to look for you and reach out. Also, have fun with it! Even if it’s choosing a fun

portfolio template that fits your personality. Wix also states that you can play around with media

in your online portfolio by adding a video or adding a commercial that you were in. Choose the

photos you’re the proudest and confident about for the agencies you’re applying to. Also, pay

attention to the first photos that you choose. People will view the first few photos as they

probably won’t have much time to look through your portfolio, so choose the best ones for the

chance to get signed.

Adding a resume to your portfolio might not be as common as Wix suggested. Since you are

applying for a job, submitting or including a resume along with your submissions is still

important. But it’s different from a standard resume, such as body measurements, hair, and eye

color. Add any other information that might make you stand out or something distinctive, such

as tattoos.

What are the takeaways?

Taking modeling digitals and doing them correctly can lead to modeling contracts and

quickly booking modeling jobs, so make sure you keep up with it and never fall behind or give

up. Practice in front of a mirror and keep a healthy figure. Pictures can make a huge difference.

What are examples of modeling digitals?


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According to Oren Siddo photography, good tips for taking modeling digitals would include:

● In natural lighting

● Having a clean face with no makeup

● Hair pulled back

● Have black undergarments and swimwear ready while men are shirtless

● Agencies need to see your body shape

● Women should wear black heels, and men wear black boots.

Agencies would rather see untouched photos of you, so pictures are not often retouched.

What are Model Digitals?

Modeling digitals are photographs that show a model’s current appearance in simple lighting and without editing. Multiple shots of the model are taken to show her entire look with accurate, natural light for an agency or client. A model can take multiple shots from different angles to give their clients or agency an authentic representation of their current look.

Shots require for digital model;

Digital modeling images were once taken with polaroid camera, but today they are taken with digital camera ideally with a plain white or solid neutral background. Digital model photographs are unstyled and unedited images of models. These types of photographs are standard for any modeling portfolio: which includes full body frontal views, full body back view, headshot with hair up, headshots with hair down, ¾ frontal view with hair up, ¾ frontal view with hair down, ¾ side view with hair up, ¾ side view with hair down, mid length shot, close up profile shot. Each company or agency has different requirements for digital model photographs, but these are the basic specifications accepted by most companies and agencies.

Importance of digital model in Modeling career:

You are a model, and you’ve got to prove it. Digital models/ polaroid’s have become a standard in the modeling industry. As a new model, it is important to have “good” polaroid that agencies will want to use for promotional material. As with everything else in the business, you need to make the best possible first impressions, which shows your look, personality, and posing abilities. These are absolute must for a modeling job. It is important to get your picture taken periodically to show whether you gain or loss weight, hair changes and even to show tattoos which are visible.

What to wear when taking a model’s polaroid:

To achieve the most professional, clear and attractive photographs that represents you best, it is important to carefully prepare for a model photoshoot. This section will help model to get into a character, wearing the right clothes and make up to create the right atmosphere for your shoot. Model should wear clothes that are comfortable, but of course close fitting. Clothes should never be too big or small and should fit the models’ body shape well. Doing research of a company before hand to take inspiration of their outfits will be very helpful. The goal of a model portfolio is to showcase her face and body, while accentually his/her facial feature. Models usually wear fitted clothes in solid colors without any patterns, avoid unnecessary accessories, minimal to no makeup, natural hair and nails, wear either plain shoes or heels according to agency’s demands. The clothing should not distract from the model’s face.

How to take perfect model digitals/polaroid:

Having a professional photoshoot by a photographer is ideal, but if its out of your budget you can shoot at your home. If you are taking your pictures at home try to use a plain white wall for a background. You should also try to find enough natural light in the room before taking pictures; dim lighting makes for flat photos that lack contrast. Please avoid selfies in front of mirror in bathroom, it is very unprofessional way to present yourself, it might cause agency to believe that you are not serious about your modeling career. It is also crucial to check company or agency’s guidelines you would like to apply.

How to express yourself in modeling digitals:

When shooting for a modeling digital, it is best to keep your expressions more on a natural side. Agencies and clients typically want to see your original appearance so it is better to not go overboard with expressions. Being natural with slightly smile on your face is more than enough to get attention of your potential clients. It is typically best to keep expressions on the restrained or reserved side to appear more professional. 

Modeling digital is an important process for making a portfolio of a model and present it to company a individual like to work with. Modeling digitals are meant to show a model in his or her most natural state, which means to feature little or no makeup, hairstyle or other enhancements. You will need a new one each time you change your appearance so it is important to update your modeling photography in every three and four months.   

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