How To Take Proper Digitals

Digitals are a way for clients, agents, photographers, casting directors, etc. to know what YOU look like. A lot of modeling photos have a good amount of makeup and hair styling involved. Then, they get photoshopped/edited, so the final images can end up looking nothing like the model does in-person.

Obviously, people like to know who's going to be walking through their door for a casting/go-see/photoshoot/meeting...

Here's an example of what a good set of digitals looks like:

http://www.nextmanagement.com/new-york/profile/michelle-dantas/polaroids/polaroids

As you can see, you should try to get a lot of different shots. Some up close headshots, some waist up, some full-body. Some straight on, some profile, some at a 1/4 turn (between straight on and profile). Some smiling, some not. Models with long hair should pull it back for the 1/4 turn/profile shots to keep their jaw line exposed.

You can have someone take them on your camera phone (provided it’s of “decent quality”). Try to find a room with a lot of natural light and a non-distracting background. Include as many shots as you can, and I'll select the proper images to form a quality set with variety.

For women:

You should wear no makeup and have your hair down and natural.

Take...

  1. one set of images clothed in a fitted top (typically a tank), fitted dark/black jeans, and heels

AND

  1. one set of images in a bikini/bra and underwear and heels—try to pick something without distracting patterns—if you’re not comfortable with jobs showcasing your body (swimwear, athletic wear, underwear, this set isn’t necessary)

For men:

Do not over-style your hair. Less is more.

Take...

  1. one set of images clothed in a fitted top (a solid-colored V-neck), fitted dark/black jeans, and chucks (or a similar, non-distracting shoe/boot—no patterned sneakers/basketball shoes)

AND

  1. one set of images in the same as above, but shirtless—if you’re not comfortable with jobs showcasing your body (swimwear, athletic wear, underwear, this set isn’t necessary)