Your first photographs: snapshots and how to make them

If you are a beginner, this is what you need to know about these all-important images.

Snapshots (snaps, polaroids) – photographs representing a natural and most current look of a model. Snaps are very important and have to be redone every time you change your look (haircut, weight gain/loss, etc). These pictures are the first thing photographers and clients see when your agency presents you.

 How to?

All the pictures must be taken in color, no retouching. They can be done with any simple digital camera, even an iPhone. Make sure there is a window in the room where the snaps are taken. It is a source of daylight that you need to look your natural best. Ask the person taking a photograph to stand with their back to the window so that you could face the soft light coming from the window. Remember, for your snaps, you don’t need to go to a professional studio.

Photos should be as natural as possible. Don’t use any make-up, accessories or hats. Hair must be clean.

How many?

You will need about 10-15 images.

How to position yourself?


1 shot with your hair in a bun or a ponytail 1 shot with your hair loose. Looking straight.

(3/4) 2 shots a bit zoomed in with your hair pulled back in a bun or a ponytail 2 shots zoomed out with your hair loose.

(profile) 1 shot each side with your hair pulled back to make sure your ears are visible.


1 shot of you smiling.

Note! Taking snaps with your hair loose, make sure it doesn’t cover your face.

Full-body shots:

Wear two-piece swimsuit or simple black underwear and high heels. Stand straight, your arms on your hips or at your sides, feet together. Made front version, each side, back. You can also make examples wearing simple T-shirt and skinny jeans.

Some examples from TOP MODEL AGENCIES


Bregie Heinen @THE LIONS





Special thanks to Tatiana Dolinina Cherednikova for giving us clear tips.

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