Portfolio 101

Often times portfolio is what a resume is called by those not yet fully familiar with the entertainment industries acronyms. A portfolio is similar to a resume or rather does a similar job. However, portfolios are used in the modeling industry. The difference is that a portfolio showcases someone's previous work - photography (or video or designs when it comes to portfolios in other fields of work). In this case, we are talking about portfolios for child models. In this section you can find all about how to create a perfect portfolio for your child!

What to include in a portfolio?

1. Photos

Of course, the main ingredient of a good portfolio is photos. Whether it is work that your child has already done or headshots taken of them that present their look, you will want to include the right photos in their portfolio.

2. Personal info

You will also need to include personal info, such as contact information, physical details (height, weight, clothing size, eye color, hair color, etc.). This information can be summed up in a page that is then added at the end of your portfolio.

3. Type of work preferred

You will also want to mention what type of modeling you are interested in (print modeling, commercials, etc.). If you have a strong interest and experience in a specific modeling type, casting directors and agencies may see your child as specifically fit for the work they can offer.

Choosing photos for your kids portfolio

Standard size

The standard size for portfolio photos is 8x10”. This is the standard photography size for most performance industry headshots.

Rule of thumb - Less is more

Don’t go overboard with the photos. Only put in the photos that stand out the most: no casting director will look through 15 average photos. Focus on quality, not quantity. Casting agents want to be wowed, not bored, so a couple of quality shots that showcase your child’s looks and photogenic abilities will do the trick.

The 3 photos you need to include:

There isn't a specific amount of photos a portfolio should contain. But there are 3 specific photos an agency is going to want to see of your child:

1. Headshot

A headshot is a photo, framed ‘’from chest up’’, that shows off your child’s face. Read more on headshots here

2. Full body shot

Include a photograph in which your child is visible head to toes. Frame the image so that your kid’s whole body is clearly visible standing close in the frame.

3. "Looks" and/or "Character"

This is the photo in which your child is modeling a specifically chosen look or clothing. They can also be simply showcasing their character. It is different from a full body shot as your kid can be sitting or playing in this image. Their whole body doesn’t have to be clearly visible.