What to bring?
- Black skinny jeans, black boots, and a t-shirt or tank top
It is extremely important to show your body type.
Hair & makeup?
Little to no makeup, natural hair. Bring something to tie your hair up with.
What are polaroids?
Back in the day a “Polaroid” was originally a picture taken with a Polaroid instant camera. Agencies might put you up against a white wall, without much makeup, ask you to pull your hair back, and then grab a few snapshots. The intent was to document what you really look like without all the makeup and hair styling, wardrobe, and fancy studio lighting. Now in today’s digital photography world, Polaroids are also intended to document your look without all the Photoshop wizardry.
The important thing to remember is that it’s not a fashion shoot, and we don’t need crazy poses or art. We just need to see what we really have to work with.
Polaroids are not portfolios
If Polaroids are so important, why should models even bother creating a portfolio with other kinds of imagery? Answer: Because Polaroids are not your portfolio. They’re a good starting point, but only one part of the bigger picture. Some agencies will talk to you based on your Polaroids alone. Others won’t give you the time of day till they see you have proven yourself first with experience and a full portfolio to back it up.
What do they look like?
Here are some samples of digitals taken of models at various major agencies.