HOW TO TAKE & PREPARE FOR MODEL DIGITALS & COMP CARDS

Hello! My name is Shaun (Boston photographer) & I help Boston models book gigs, develop portfolios, & sign with agencies.

Comp cards & digitals are the first steps to making money as a model. They're a quick snapshot for industry professionals to see your anatomy, presence, & posing ability.


INTERESTED PARTIES:

  • Modeling Agencies

  • Casting Directors

  • Client Agencies

  • Photographers

  • Designers

  • Stylists

Pro-Tip:A test shoot is a great way to study your on-camera performance.

WHAT TO WEAR:

Present your baseline appearance, meaning your most natural state/signature style. So when clients book you, they’re not surprised by drastic changes. Hair should be styled, pulled back, or freshly cut. Wear all-black, form-fitting garments. I recommend heels or boots to exaggerate height. Wear no makeup or a minimal no-makeup makeup look. (I do natural retouching)

FEMME:

MASC:

COLORS:

Black

Black

TOP:

Cropped, Tank, T-Shirt

T-Shirt, Tank

BOTTOMS:

Skinny, tights

Skinny, Slim-fit

SHOES:

Heels, Boots

Shoes, Boots

MAKEUP:

None or No Makeup Look

None or No Makeup Look

HOW TO PREPARE:

Grooming:

Everyone’s regime is different so, broadly speaking, your skin should be cleansed & moisturized before shooting. Freshly styled hair or cut. Prepare your garments using a steamer and lint roller.

Pro tip: 
Exfoliate to eliminate dead skin, gently exfoliate lips with a toothbrush to make them plump. Dab (don’t lather) Vaseline or Aquaphor on lips. Use a water gel skin moisturizer.

Practice Posing:

Research comp card poses to find examples you’d like to use. Here’s a Pinterest board I share with my clients. Wear your attire and experiment with different poses in a mirror. You want to avoid running out of poses or relying on the photographer.

Pro tip: 
Search for models with a similar body type and look, if their poses work for them they may work for you. Prop a camera and film yourself constantly moving and posing. 

I always say “shoulder backs, chest forward, legs shoulders width apart, and one foot in front of the other. Avoid balling your fist or curling your finger.

HOW TO SHOOT DIGITALS:

Location:

I shoot all comp cards outdoors on white walls.

Lighting

I shoot natural sunlight only, specifically two hours before sunset or two hours after sunrise. I do this for a Rembrandt effect, which adds depth & sharpness to the subject's facial features.

Aperture

​I set my aperture between 5-7. In this setting, my focus can accommodate more surface area. This is particularly important for the headshots because I want sharpness in all facial features (eacheyes, nose, lips, and head shape).

​Headshots

Body

Composition

I shoot narrowly with enough head space to crop in post-production.

​I shoot wide then crop in post-production.

Focal Length

I shoot fixed at 50mm.

I shoot fixed at 35mm.

Camera Orientation (Position/Tilt)

I position my camera at eye level while maintaining my lens at a 0° angle (no lens tilt), meaning my lens and the subject’s face are exactly parallel. This eliminates lens distortion and the subject’s face is more symmetrical straight on.

I position my camera at the pelvis while tilting my lens upward ~5°. This exaggerates the subject's height by making their lower half 3/4 of the frame and elongating their legs.

HOW TO CREATE A COMP CARD:

Composition:

  • Headshot (Top Left)

  • Profile (Top Right)

  • 3/4 (Bottom Left)

  • Full body (Bottom Right)

Pro-Tip: Make sure the face is pointing toward the center of the comp card. If necessary flip the image.

Measurements:

Femme

  • Height

  • Bust

  • Hips

  • Dress

  • Waist

  • Shoe

  • Hair Color

  • Eye Color

Masc

  • Height

  • Chest

  • Waist

  • Inseam

  • Suit

  • Sleeve

  • Shoe

  • Hair Color

  • Eye Color

Side Note: Sometimes, it's unnecessary to include all measurements. If a comp card is requested, usually they'll tell you what to include.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BOOKING A COMP CARD SESSION, DM ME ON IG @SHAUNTONY OR SUBMIT FORM BELOW WITH:

FIRST NAME: (YOUR FIRST NAME)


LAST NAME: (YOUR LAST NAME)


EMAIL: (YOUR EMAIL)


PURPOSE: COMP CARD


LOCATION: STREET/ON-LOCATION


SPECIAL REQUEST: (INSERT IF NECESSARY)


WILL YOU NEED CREATIVE DIRECTION: NO


WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT...: N/A


RAW IMAGES: CONFIRM