Modelling Portfolio Tutorial


This tutorial gives you some basic guidelines and tips in creating your portfolio. There will be a short quiz at the end, so please read carefully.

What’s the most important thing to do before I start my portfolio?

Firstly, be realistic about the Model Gallery Classification that you fall under.

There are three (3) gallery classifications for Models on the NativeFoto website:

  • Everyday Delightful People (Commercial models):can be any age, any size and any height.  Fantastic! .
  • Fitness Models:Athletic and toned.  Many fitness models started out as athletes or trainers.  Fitness models are often commercial models as well.
  • Fashion / Runway Models: A minimum height of 5' 7".  Runway models must have precise measurements so they are able to fit the clothes that designers are going to be showing to their clients.  Their measurements are usually no greater than 34" - 23" - 34".

What kinds of pictures do I need in my modelling portfolio?

Your portfolio needs a variety of shots, but you must include:

  • One (1) Head Shot, and
  • One (1) Full Body Length Frontal Shot.

Fitness and Fashion/Runway Models should also include at least one (1) swimsuit wear photo or “fitted body shot” within their portfolios; this could be a well fitted pair of jeans and a tank top that shows how you are built.

Should I include any photos with no makeup?

Yes, it’s a good idea to have at least one (1) photo with no makeup. Do not retouch this photo. Make sure the background is simple.

How many photos do I need in my modelling portfolio?

NativeFoto allows you a maximum of ten (10) photos, any additional photos uploaded will be deleted at the discretion of NativeFoto. If you don’t appeal to the potential client in ten (10) photos then additional photos will likely not change this fact.

Do all photos have to be in color?

It is ok if all of your shots are in color.  There is no rule here, but you can have one or two black and white photos in your portfolio to help add an additional dimension.

Do I need to pose in swimsuits?

You are not required to model anything that is in conflict with your cultural or religious beliefs. It is simply a matter of the more things that you are comfortable doing the more opportunities will be available to you.

What about special skills, like dancing?

Special skills are not a requirement, but if you have them, it can help to show them in your portfolio. For example, if you practice Martial Arts, or are a Limbo Dancer then for sure show off a picture of yourself performing your skill that may be relevant to a specific shoot.

Do I need to include my Measurements or “stats”?

If you’re a Fashion/Fitness model, then YES.
It is NOT a requirement for “Everyday Delightful People” Models to include measurements, but, these can be helpful for clients that need to purchase wardrobe attire for persons selected (cast).

What are the Measurements needed for Models?

Female models need 4 measurements: height, bust, waist and hips.

  • Height: In bare feet!
  • Bust: Your bust size is NOT your bra size. It’s actually the fullest part of your bust! Place the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust, at nipple level, then read the measure.
  • Waist:It’s not your jeans size! The waist measurement needs to be taken at the smallest part of your waist.
  • Hips:Many models incorrectly measure around their hipbones, resulting in a much smaller hip measurement. Instead, standing with your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your hips and bum. This is the hip measurement! 

Male models need 5 measurements:  height, neck, chest, waist, and sleeve.

  • Height, and Waist: Same description as with Female Models
  • Neck: Place the tape measure around your lower neck, just below your Adam’s apple and measure.
  • Chest:Wrap the tape measure under your armpits, around the fullest part of your chest and measure. That’s it! Easy. 
  • Sleeve:First, place your hand on your hip. Then, starting the tape measure where your neck meets your shoulders, measure down along your arm and to your wrist. Stop measuring right where the wrist meets the palm of your hand. 

Where do I include my measurement details on the NativeFoto Website?

  • After you have become a NativeFoto member then you can Click on the “Edit Account” button on your Welcome page (See Print Screen Image below).
  • Scroll down to the “BIO” section and then click the “Edit” button on the right side.
  • Type in each of your measurements and then click the “Save” button.



What information should I include within my BIO section?

  • AGE: All Models must include their AGE. Often clients will indicate an age range for specific jobs and guessing ages is not an easy skill.
  • MEASUREMENTS: Fashion/Fitness models must also include their measurements.
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: It’s a good idea to indicate any special skills (eg. Kickboxing).
  • EXPERIENCE: Any prior experience working as a Model can also be mentioned.

Printscreen Example: MALE Model BIO:



Printscreen Example: FEMALE Model BIO:



Will my Portfolio images be available for sale on the NativeFoto Website?

Photos uploaded under the “Modelling Portfolio” Plan are NOT made available for sale. Only images uploaded by Photographers under a “Standard Contributor” or “Known Works” are made available for sale. You can ask your Photographer to register with NativeFoto for free and upload images that you would like to be available for sale. As the Model featured in an image you would be required to sign a Model Release form.

Do I need to Pay NativeFoto for the service of Hosting my Modeling Portfolio?

NO, NativeFoto charges a 20% commission on Modelling Jobs secured via client contact made through our services. This charge is payable by the Client that hires the Model.