Session : Katelyn Mussio : Model Portraits
at the beach
Every model knows what a constant task it is to keep their book current - whether you’re just starting out & you’re trying to apply to new agencies, or you’re an already signed model trying to update your book, the need for new images is real & never-ending. A couple of months ago, my friend Katelyn asked me to help her update her modeling portfolio & I was so excited to work with her - these types of sessions are so much fun for me!
We wanted to get plenty of variety in this session, so we decided to split our shoot into two sections - we spent some time at the beach (you can’t have a portrait photoshoot in Santa Barbara without doing at least a few shots on the beach, right?) & afterwards, we headed to the studio to take some more shots in a place where we’d have the ability to work with simpler backgrounds & take headshots, full body images, etc.
First up, the beach - we went to a spot in nearby Carpinteria, & walked around town taking some Lifestyle shots in a few different outfits. Shoutout to Leiko Kauai for providing us with these awesome multi-colored vintage custom jeans! Afterwards, we went to the beach & took some swimsuit shots… both of us got super sandy from trying out different poses & rolling around in the sand for the best angles. Worth it? Of course - #doitforthegram
Not everyone wants to be a bikini model, but it’s often a shot that modeling agencies want their models to have in their books. A recent bikini shot or two (or three) is essential to have on hand, just in case! Outdoor lifestyle shots are important as well - Katelyn didn’t have any recent images of herself that showed her ability to model different styles of clothing, so we spent a few hours trying on different outfits in multiple locations so that she’d have a large variety of shots to choose from after our shoot.
in the studio
santa barbara, california
For the second part of our shoot, we spent some time in the studio experimenting with different looks, backgrounds, & poses. Agencies are generally looking for a combination of things in a model’s portfolio - they love to see shots that show a clean, simple look, but they also want to see some versatility in a book as well.
Katelyn & I did some simple portraits & full-body shots with a clean face & simple hair to show off her natural look (often called “Polaroids” or “Digitals” & are needed for comp cards), & then we moved on to some more fun & creative styles. We shot a few hundred images & tried out multiple concepts, but for this blog I decided to share just a small selection of my personal favorites from both of our shoots.
The great thing about shooting with a friend one-on-one is that you have the freedom to go a little crazy - blast some music, experiment with weird outfit combinations, & try out some concepts that you may not have the time or ability to make happen on a more structured shoot. I often get so caught up in the business & client relationship side of Photography that I forget how much fun it is to just let loose, laugh, & lie on the studio floor together eating snacks mid-shoot.
At the end of the day, Katelyn had multiple images with multiple looks that she can now use to refresh her portfolio, update her modeling book & comp card, & use to apply for upcoming modeling jobs. We may or may not have taken some extra shots (shh...the liquid kind) at the end of the day as well… a girl’s got to celebrate the end of a successful day of work, right?
I hope you all enjoyed this photo blog - check out the links my other blogs below to see more sessions & to learn more about my work! Feel free to leave a comment below as well if you’ve got questions about setting up your own portrait shoot, or check out my BOOKING page for more information about packages & shoot structure! Till next time… - MK