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How to Make a Modeling Portfolio that Succeeds

Glamour/Pin-UpIf you’ve ever considered becoming a model, a professionally-prepared modeling portfolio is, of  course, a critically important tool to get yourself in front of modeling agencies and potential clients.

We shoot model portfolios for many aspiring models, including models in our Aspiring Models Program and even some of our boudoir clients who enjoyed their photo shoot so much they decided to try their hand at modeling (and we’re proud to say, many have succeeded)! We also work with professional models to update their portfolios. Professionals understand that keeping their portfolios fresh and up-to-date is essential, not only to ensure your photos remain current, but also to continually build a range of looks.

If you’ve never modeled, your first professional photo shoot is an opportunity to explore your modeling strengths, perhaps for the first time. Many of our clients seeking to build their portfolios are initially fixated on glamour modeling. We work to take them beyond simple glamour/pin-up-style modeling to explore other genres, including the more artistic genres of boudoir and fine art photography. Our clients are often stunned to see how they look in such lighting and discover talents they never realized they had. As a result, they end up with portfolios that show a diversity of looks and can present themselves to prospective clients or agencies as models with exceptional versatility. Below is a sample of a comp card (essentially a model’s business card, described below) we created for our Aspiring Model, Maura Plause. Note how it portrays her in a wide range of photographic genres, lighting, wardrobe, etc., demonstrating her versatility as a model (and increasing her marketability).

The Process

In a shoot designed to build your modeling portfolio, we’ll plan the shoot ahead of time, discussing your goals, strengths and interests. The shoot itself has two main components:

  1. First, we’ll take headshots, full-length shots, etc. with you dressed in a neutral color (usually black). These are obligatory shots required by many modeling agencies and potential clients. We’ll then change your wardrobe and proceed with glamour/pin-up-style photos that are typically found in modeling portfolios.
  2. The second component is a process of exploring different lighting techniques, wardrobes and photographic genres to provide your portfolio with additional diversity (demonstrating your versatility as a model) but also allowing you to see yourself in a way you may never have seen yourself before while discovering modeling strengths you never knew you had. If there are particular types of modeling you’ve always wanted to try or feel that are your strengths, this is the part of the photo shoot to explore and develop those.

At the end of the process we’ll help you select the best imagery for a compelling and diverse portfolio. We’ll put together a comp card for you like the one above for Maura (also called composite card, z card, zed card or sed card – a marketing tool that features the latest and best of a model’s portfolio and is often also used as a business card). With our partner photo lab, we’ll print a professional modeling portfolio book that you can show agencies and potential clients and can also help you set up an online portfolio as well. Finally, we are happy to provide advice and networking opportunities.

Model Portfolio Photography

About Us

Appeal Photography, LLC is an award-winning boutique boudoir and fine art photography studio in Washington, DC. Our work has been internationally recognized and we have earned exemplary reviews with exclusively 5-star ratings on Google and Yelp.

What Distinguishes Us from Other Studios

We differ from typical photography studios in a number of ways. We master a much broader set of photographic genres, including creative, striking and often unconventional lighting techniques, resulting in imagery that is much more compelling, impactful and personal. Every photo shoot is fully customized for each client to provide her with exactly the type of imagery she wants and to capture her true essence; we consider our shoots an “artistic collaboration” with our clients! Other studios provide imagery that can look staged, overposed, less natural, and less you. And we guarantee your satisfaction in writing, in your contract!

No modeling experience? Never did a photo shoot? Don’t worry! Ninety percent of our clients have never modeled before. We’ll guide you through the process for a great shoot!

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There is photography and then there is art. What David and Appeal Photography provide is nothing short of pure art. I used David as a gift for my husband to be delivered the morning of our wedding. I am a VERY shy person and I have never done anything like this. David not only made me feel completely safe, was professional throughout, but he really embraced my vision for the shoot. He very patiently moved from scene to scene, and I could tell with every picture photography is art form he truly understands. From the lighting, to the pose, to the angle. At certain points he was either lying on the floor or standing high on a ladder just to ensure the perfect shot was taken. We laughed through the entire shoot, as he did a fabulous job making me feel at ease. The pictures on his website don’t do justice to real talent he has and the pictures he can take for you. I could not have had a better experience. The entire process after the shoot was also extremely easy. His suggestions, and his finishing of the pictures were absolutely amazing! I would use him a thousand times again, you won’t find another fantastic photographer that truly understands the art of photography.

Ms. LittlejohnSouthern Maryland (10/09/2017)

Exceptional Reviews

My experience here was the best photo shoot experience I have ever been a part of. Fran and David are so friendly and I walked in and felt so at home, comfortable, and undeniably happy with the process of the shoot and the outcomes. The makeup, hair, and photoshoot was phenomenal and so much fun! They made me feel so confident! I will definitely work with them again, and they will always be my number one choice for makeup and photography! Love love love!!

Caitlin G.Southern Maryland (5/8/2018)

“I was so nervous but David helped me relax and I had the best time ever! He really brought my vision to life and my husband loves his gift. Very professional and ask if you have any ideas. It was so much fun I would do it again”

Terie C.Mt. Hope, Kansas (4/28/2018)

“My initial expectation was to have some nice swimsuit pictures taken, but the quality of the pictures and the experience I received was really beyond my initial expectation! First, the images were extremely beautiful, much better than I expected. Second, the experience itself was enjoyable, unique, impeccable and flawless, from the preparation to the photo session to post photo session. I had never had swimsuit pictures taken by anyone besides family, but David made me feel very comfortable with his professionalism and outgoing personality. He’s a very interesting person which makes the experience more fun. He went out of his way in every single step of the process to make me happy with the product and the experience. He is one of the finest photographers out there!”

Anonymous M.DC Metro Area (2/24/2018)

5-stars“David was wonderful – disarming, friendly, encouraging, supportive, and highly skillful. You will have a great experience, and a beautiful product when you’re done! “

DanielNorthern Virginia (2/6/2018)

I had the best experience with my boudoir shoot. David G. is an absolute genius with a camera. The studio was fantastic, and David was a consummate professional; I felt completely at ease from the get go, and with David’s help, the shoot was full of laughter, fun, and excitement. I’ve never felt so gorgeous and sexy before. Email communication was great, I always knew what was happening and when. My proofs were sent to me within two days, and after I made my selections, the final prints were delivered to me shortly thereafter. The quality of these prints is outstanding. I will be telling all my friends about David G. and Appeal Photography. My shoot was the best experience I’ve ever had. So much happiness! Thank you, David G!

Suzy S.Herndon, VA (10/11/2017)

There is photography and then there is art. What David and Appeal Photography provide is nothing short of pure art. I used David as a gift for my husband to be delivered the morning of our wedding. I am a VERY shy person and I have never done anything like this. David not only made me feel completely safe, was professional throughout, but he really embraced my vision for the shoot. He very patiently moved from scene to scene, and I could tell with every picture photography is art form he truly understands. From the lighting, to the pose, to the angle. At certain points he was either lying on the floor or standing high on a ladder just to ensure the perfect shot was taken. We laughed through the entire shoot, as he did a fabulous job making me feel at ease. The pictures on his website don’t do justice to real talent he has and the pictures he can take for you. I could not have had a better experience. The entire process after the shoot was also extremely easy. His suggestions, and his finishing of the pictures were absolutely amazing! I would use him a thousand times again, you won’t find another fantastic photographer that truly understands the art of photography.

Ms. LittlejohnSouthern Maryland (10/09/2017)

I booked a shoot for my anniversary with my partner, and I loved every part of the experience. David answered all my questions via email to help me figure out what we wanted out of the experience, and he was so professional and welcoming during the shoot.

I selected a lot of “inspiration” photos from Appeal and other companies, and not only did we end up getting all the photos we wanted, David made so many adjustments and suggestions to make us look our best and try different poses and parts of the studio. We’re so happy with all the gorgeous photos that resulted from this experience, and the memories of putting our album together. I would love to come back and do another shoot in the future!

Andrea C.Seattle, WA (9/11/2017)

My fiancee and I were looking for a photographer that did more than boudoir shoots. We were having a hard time finding what we were looking for until we found David’s nude fine art photos! His gallery was exactly what we had been looking for! After meeting with him in his studio and showing him some of our ideas, we knew he was the perfect photographer for us.

He was very professional and personable throughout our entire experience. He made me feel comfortable during my shoot and very detailed on what to wear (or not wear), type of lotion to use, etc…

We received our proofs in just a few days and once we made our selections, the final photos were sent to us right away. The quality is amazing and the lighting he used made each photo a true work of art. My now husband had one of our favorites enlarged and framed in a 4′ X 2′ setting and now hangs in our bedroom.

If you’re looking for something a little sexier and intimate that traditional boudoir, then David is the photographer for you 🙂

Breyen W.Catonsville, MD (8/12/2017)

I had never done a photo shoot before until seeking out Appeal Photography, and was very nervous. David was incredibly personable and made me feel as comfortable as I could be! The shoot was an incredible experience, and I am more than happy to have worked with such a talented and warm person. I look forward to working with him again in the future. I HIGHLY recommend working with David for any boudoir, pinup, or other photography needs.

Natalie B.Stafford, VA (8/7/2017)

What a professional and artistic experience. David put me at ease and created beautiful art. This was a wonderful, fun and meaningful experience. I would highly recommend Appeal Photography!!!

Susan H.Woodbridge, VA (8/7/2017)

“David is amazing and so much fun to work with! 😉 I’ve done two shoots with him and absolutely love the photos! He gave me exactly the looks I wanted – natural, classic, very sexy, edgy, sassy, and elegant. He is highly skilled with lighting that brings out my best self and selected the perfect background for each outfit and look 😉 I felt so comfortable and natural, and my photos reflect that. I highly recommend him and can’t wait for my next shoot ! 😉 “

Michele F.Arlington, VA (12/19/2016)

“My wife and I came to Appeal Photography for couples photography. We were brand new to this, and nervous, but wanted to try something special for a big anniversary. It turned out wonderful! Now we totally recommend it. Before we even booked, David was very helpful corresponding with us. He answered tons of questions and took care to plan a shoot to meet our hopes…David is clearly passionate about photography, which makes him delightful to work with. He works hard at his art, and at the same time is a low-pressure, incredibly nice person. He arranged a late appointment around our availability, and then spent hours trying for all kinds of cool shots. He was kind and patient, never rushed at all. In fact we got tired but he seemed like he could go on forever! In editing David continued to over-deliver. First, he shocked us with so many proofs — at least 3X as many as we’d expected! He used a convenient, web-based system to let us see them and pick the ones we wanted to order. It was fun to go through them all. He had also done some preliminary edits. It was cool to see where he zoomed, or switched to black and white, etc. He kindly always provided the originals and all edits, giving us full flexibility…David is friendly, professional, extremely skilled, and truly a joy to work with. If you’re thinking about boudoir but are nervous, he will totally put you at ease and leave you blown away by how awesome you look!”

Jay F.Springfield, VA (12/13/2016)

“I cannot say enough positive things about working with David! I had artistic pregnancy photos taken and it was an incredible experience from start to finish. The photos were beautiful, I got them right away, and David was truly a pleasure to work with. He made everything so easy and comfortable. If you are considering taking any photos, I cannot recommend working with David highly enough!”

Randi F.Washington, DC (7/23/2016)

“I am beyond happy with the results of my shoot with Appeal Photography! David is so great to work with. At first, I was hesitant to work with a male photographer because it is a boudoir shoot, but after reading all the great reviews about David’s work I decided to go for it! And I’m so happy I did! David is extremely professional and really puts you at ease. I didn’t really know what I was doing as far poses or anything, and he led me through the whole process, letting me explain what type of looks I was going for and making suggestions based off of that. The images were ready for me to look at two days later and we worked together to put together an album for me. It turned out so beautiful!
I can’t recommend David enough. Fantastic experience all around!”

A. SmithWashington, DC (7/13/2016)

“I was so pleased with the entire experience. David made me feel completely comfortable and I left feeling great. During the whole process David was open to all of my creative ideas and together we were able to collaborate and the results were awesome. I can’t say enough good things about the entire process. I wish I would have done it sooner.”

Allison R.Southern Maryland (7/19/2016)

“OMG David is amazing. I left my photoshoot feeling great. I would recommend him a million times. The convience to schedule, pay, and get my photos was the best ever. He took his time and made me feel amazing!! Please see him before someone else.”

“I decided to to a boudoir photoshoot for my 10 year anniversary and I have never been happier. I went with a friend and David worked with me so much so that we could go the same day and would have no schedule conflicts. He asked for ideas up front so he would know what exactly we wanted. During the photoshoot he built my confidence up so much. I felt beautiful and so great after it was all said and done. I would recommend him a million times. A year ago I went through someone else and had a horrible experience so it was nice to have such a great one this time around. My husband loves the pictures and truly agrees David has an amazing skill and super happy I was able to find him. I would highly recommend him!!!”

JessicaAlexandria, VA (5/28/2016)

5-stars“It really was a pleasure working with you. Thanks for creating such a fun, positive, and empowering environment – it really shows in the pics. Which I love! You capture a certain spirit I didn’t think was possible via camera. Thank you thank you.”

SandraWashington, DC

“David is one of the most professional and talented photographers I have ever met. He makes his clients feel comfortable and is super accommodating. What I really love about David is that he has a PHD in environmental science! There is nothing like working with an equally intelligent and creative photographer. As a makeup artist choosing a photographer to work with is a very hard decision. I actually reached out to David because I kept hearing abouti hs boudior photo shoots. After out first shoot we hit it off and have been working together every month. i highly recommend David if you want to do some sexy nude/boudior shoots for your special someone or just yourself!”

Christin Michelle (Professional Makeup Artist)Washington, DC (1/26/2016)

“David of Appeal Photography is 50% magician and 100% “Perfect Picture” Photographer. His understanding and use of shadow and lighting to provide mood and accent the lines and angles of the human form is extraordinary. His unassuming demeanor immediately puts you at ease and makes your project a 5 star experience you’ll want to repeat!”

GiniNorthern Viriginia (5/7/2016)

“I have always wanted to surprise my husband with my nude/boudoir pictures and am extremely glad I worked with David for this photoshoot. Since our initial communication, David was extremely professional, answered all of my questions, and covered every little detail. He provided a contract for my review, as well as guidance on what to expect on the day of my photoshoot. David also offered to meet me for coffee, which was a great opportunity to discuss additional details and cover any remaining questions.

On the day of the photoshoot, my makeup artist was late, which set us a bit behind schedule, but David did not rush me even for a moment. He truly wanted to ensure I was happy with the end results. And HAPPY I AM! The pictures turned absolutely beautiful; I didn’t even know I could look that good.

David is extremely talented, great listener, and above all a true professional in what he does. I highly recommend you work with him and you will end up with amazing pictures!

TeodoraWashington,

“This was my first time ever doing a couples boudoir photo shoot. Both of us were extremely nervous and not sure what to expect. Upon arrival, we were greeted by David and he spoke to us about what to expect. The first few minutes of the shoot were nerve-wracking to say the least. By the time the shoot was over, we were extremely comfortable with David.

We received our proofs back extremely fast. We were amazed at the quality and David’s photography skills are superb. His photographs are artistic and captured the intimacy that we were trying to achieve.

We are extremely happy with the outcome and will definitely use Appeal Photography again. Beautiful work David! Thank you!!

Stephanie C.Gainesville, VA (9/1/2016)

“My initial expectation was to have some nice swimsuit pictures taken, but the quality of the pictures and the experience I received was really beyond my initial expectation! First, the images were extremely beautiful, much better than I expected. Second, the experience itself was enjoyable, unique, impeccable and flawless, from the preparation to the photo session to post photo session. I had never had swimsuit pictures taken by anyone besides family, but David made me feel very comfortable with his professionalism and outgoing personality. He’s a very interesting person which makes the experience more fun. He went out of his way in every single step of the process to make me happy with the product and the experience. He is one of the finest photographers out there!”

ChauNorthern Virginia (9/16/2015)
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