How To Model - Digitals & Styling
Hi love bugs!
Welcome back to my How To - Modeling series!
* I will go over everything I wish I knew when I was a beginner in this series. From learning new poses, consistent practice, what type of clothing to get for digitals and model calls, how to take bomb ass digitals, applying to a modeling agency, your model bag, how to prep for model calls, easy DIY home studio, YOU NAME IT! In part two we will be going over what clothing you should have and how it should be styled for taking your digitals and for model calls and interviews. I’ve been modeling since I was 16 so I’ve learned some tricks over the years, but by absolutely no means am I an expert though I am happy to share with you what I have learned, and what has helped me along the way. *
Here we are! It’s time for your DIGITALS!
Get excited! Your digitals are major league important for a multitude of reasons, so you want to make sure that they are as fresh and clean as possible *insert fresh and clean by Outkast*. Whether you are taking digitals for clients, agencies, etc. you want them to be as flawless as possible, you want to be the finest most pure daisy in the field, feel me? A part of your career relies on these images to get work. BUT HEY SIS NO PRESSURE RIGHT? Hahaha but no you’ll kill it, and if you are serious about modeling then you have to get comfortable with taking digitals because you have to submit them quite regularly! <3
Go ahead and grab a pen and pad and write these down. Here we go! You are going to need quite a few clothing staples, some you may already have in your closet, and others you may need to purchase. These staples aren’t just perfect for taking digitals, they are also perfect for model calls and interviews. So here is what you are going to need:
For bottoms, you want a really nice clean slick pair of *dark denim skinny jeans.
Preferably a pair that does not have a visible brand logo or label.
Both need to be plain and simple and fit you like a glove.
Now for the shoes! I like to be comfortable but also have a decent heel height, so I went with a black and nude pair of simple strappy heels that I found at Target! You’ll also need to get really comfortable with wearing nude nail polish! I love Sally Hansen’s Insta - Dry nudes personally, I can paint my nails literally anywhere, I can personally vouch that its great for last minute in your car, on the elevator, in a waiting room, in a bathroom, LOL and they are dry instantly! Great for touch ups before your shoot too!
Now that you have everything you need for taking your digitals, you need to properly style them. Speaking for myself, I prefer to tuck my shirts into my pants, accentuating my waistline and elongating my legs. Make sure your clothing has no wrinkles or any discoloration, because it will show up on camera! For your pants, you want to make sure they fit well, you do not want them to be too tight causing ‘muffin top’ or bulges. If your pants are too long, then roll them under, not over, so they look as if they are the correct length. As for your heels, make sure they are not too small or too tight, they need to have a nice and polished look. Just keep in mind, the more clean or simple it is, the better.
We can’t forget hair and makeup!
So here is the thing, you really don’t want to have on too much makeup for your digitals, nor do you need your hair to look red carpet worthy. The more natural it is, the better! Your skin needs to be soft, bright, and glowy. I personally use a tinted moisturizer and a tiny bit of blush. Your eyes need to look very bright and awake, and clean. No clumpy shedding mascara. You only need a tiny bit. As for your brows, try to keep them as natural looking as possible and well groomed, no unibrow or stray hairs, although fluffy and wild is totally fine and kind of a staple in the modeling industry! So congrats if you have killer brows, I personally do NOT lol. I’M NOT SALTY AT ALL… lol. AnYwAyS… Your lips need a nice natural color and to be moisturized. Don’t you dare roll up with crusty lips mama! I always use a tinted lip balm and it works perfect for keeping my lips moisturized.
Your hair is something that is personal and is really up to you. I’ve seen some models use their natural hair ( I do ) and I also have friends who style theirs for digitals. There really is no right or wrong here. Just make sure your hair is clean, and that it is not frizzy. If your hair is straight then congrats! That’s simple. If you have curls, make sure they are nicely defined or hydrated. Curls are huge right now so if you have them, flaunt them sis! I have a pinterest board for digitals that has examples of poses, styling, hair, and makeup. I'll link it here!
Before you take your digitals, look up the modeling agency you are applying for, and look at
their models digitals. This gives you a major advantage. You can see the poses that agency prefers, and the styling, body language, facial expressions, etc. For example, here is one! You will need to take a front full body image, and a ¾ body front and side shot in your shirt / jeans and then the same thing for your underwear and bikini shots. Last but not least, make sure you have a really nice high quality headshot!
Where you decide to take your digitals is totally up to you, but they need to be taken against a plain background. Whether a white wall, a backdrop, a bed sheet, LOL It’s up to you, just make sure it is plain, and clean. ( notice the reoccurring theme here? ) <3
Also, please ignore my rolled up pants, and how my shirt isn't tucked in. Focus more on the poses!
That’s it! I know I say that as if I didn’t just give you a straight up shopping list haha SORRY!!!
The purchases are so worth it though and it is honestly just your first step investing in yourself and your modeling. You can manifest all damn day baby girl, but nothing will happen until you take action. So take that leap of faith! You may fly babe!
* If you would like help with your posing, angles, etc. then please reach out to me and sign up for my Posing Class. I’ll teach you about angles, what poses are best for your body's shape, and how to play with your clothing, hair, and accessories for more interesting shots. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS feel awkward about what my hands should be doing in a photo, so tugging on your shirt, or your skirt, helps and will make you feel better about your hands LOL. Aside from my Posing Class, I also have a ‘Modeling’ board on my Pinterest that you can check out! It has a few poses and variations of movement so definitely check it out! *
I’m so excited to be bringing this series to you and I can’t wait to see you use these skills and to grow, so grow baby grow! Please tag me in your practice videos and fresh digitals if you decide to post them (@jordanleighcurve), or even send them to me if you want some tips or need any help!