This article is for models and makeup artists who are looking to avoid the stress of losing important files and high-resolution pictures. There are a number of simple things you can do to keep your PC and digital portfolio organized, and you don’t have to be a computer techie to get it done.
It is not a shame to be over 40, and it is certainly not a shame to have your photographs out there. Be realistic about your ambition though— just do it when you want too.
As for being realistic, no agency or client wants a 40 year old for a high fashion or lingerie shoot, unless you are really famous or a brand-face model. (Or if it is a specifically “40+” advertisement shoot). Try to learn about the various types of work available.
Photoshop or photomanipulations:
There is nothing wrong with a photoshopped or photo-manipulation picture. Most of the pictures are 'photoshopped' before they are published anyway. Photo's are made perfect by correcting the light, maybe removing disturbing objects in the picture or changing background. Or maybe the model is 'photoshopped' so the skin looks better, the clothes are better fitting or maybe even made a bit taller, smaller or stronger.
You need to have polaroids and castingpictures in your portfolio to show your natural performance. But it is also great to have some pictures which are flabbergasting good or just very unique.
A few photo-manipulations in your modelportfolio will show the world you are able to be a great divers model.
Read all about photoshop, basic-retouch, photo-manipulations
Yessss! You have contact with a modelagency, but now they are asking for 'polaroids'. But what do they mean? Polaroids are very old-fashioned and nobdy has polaroids-camera's anymore.
They just mean:
un-edited pictures, handy-pictures to show the real YOU without too much going on.
Read all about the rules and tips & tricks!
How to be your own Make-up artist and styliste !
To create an impressive portfolio, it’s wise to include pictures with a variety of make-up styles. So when there is no MUA around, you should not only leave your daily routine about your make-up & styling at home.
Try something else, but follow these rules for photo shoot makeup, eventhough they may be against your own “routine” feelings.
Ten tips and tricks to 'do' your own make-up for a photoshoot.
When you start modelling it is necessary to think about your own management. The best thing to can do, from the start, is to stay organized. As soon as you are going to do fotoshoot, whether TFP or paid jobd, you will get a lot of pictures. Some are for publishing on the internet, some are just for your eyes only or others are pictures in high resoltion which needs to be edited first.
Your pictures probably need to be framed, re-sized or selected before you start to upload them on your own Social Media.
You might want to think about where you want to storage your pictures. Do not take any risk to loose or your pictures because you only save them on your mobil or pc. A mobile can get lost, a personal computer might get a crash some day.
Make sure you copy and save a back-up on a storage website that works for you and has options to save them for your eyes only.
read more: The ten best photo storage websites on the Internet
and in Dutch: De tien beste foto opslag websites op Internet
How does the (model-)world and the photographers call a model who is over 40 years old? There are many different terms which are used worldwide.
Bestagers, classic models, characters, people models, greyhair models..... what's in the name?
Let's take a closer look:
In the interview "How to become a model after 40", there is a question and an anwer I would like to explain:
What is your advice for other women over 40 who would like to start a modelling career?
I would like to point out that you will need good pictures to get started. Go to a very good photographer who is willing to help you out with some great portraits and full-body pictures (on which you are shown from toe till head). You can also setup profiles on modelling-forums like Modelmayhem, one-model-place etc. Here you can meet photographers and learn a lot more about the business.
On Modelforums (and even on Instagram and Facebook) you will read a lot of times "TFP".
But what is TFP meaning?
TFP is explained as "Time for print" in these words you can read literally that it is a deal with time and with prints.
The prints are the pictures from a photographer.
The time is the time spent for the model.
In other words: the model is willing to model for free, but she will get pictures (to print) from the photographer. The photographer is willing to make pictures for free.
TFP simply means: no money involved. The model will not pay the photographer, the photographer will not pay the model.
It all started with the interview on 40plusStyle.com.
No, actually it started a few years earlier...
One fine day, I decided it would be great to be a model. But I was 43 years old, did not had any contacts, experience and knownledge about the business.
Eather way, I just started and ten years later, I am still modelling (and learning!)
This website is for you to get some inspiration, to get a lot of information and to get a jumpstart!
I will share my stories, my knownledge and you might want do the same. Just contact me and we will talk.
But first read the interview, because if I can do it, you can do it too !
Marga van der Vet is a model, blogger and content specialist. But mostly she is just a woman; living and loving her family, dog and horses. She lives on the countryside of the Netherlands and 'models' mainly in Europe.
You are never too old to learn.
Your website here?
Just send contact me.
The term "best ager" forms a link in the series "Youngster" - "Mid Ager" - "Best Ager" - "Senior" in marketing, social and modelling-world