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Get noticed with strong impression

Ready to be a model or need to update your look? Or you simply want to do a photoshoot that makes you feel like a model for a day? We'd love to help you build a strong impression of your presence. A modeling portfolio is necessary to open the door to modeling agencies and clients. It should show your looks and ability as a model and get you jobs in print ads, runways, and commercials.

MINI $250
15 MIN

BASIC $350
30 MIN

60 MIN

90 MIN

Additional services
Retouching: $25 per image
Comp cards: 50  ($150) / 100 ($250) / 200 ($300)
8x10 Prints $10 each (qty 1-10) / $5 each (11-49) / $3 each (50+)

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Helpful tips before you come to the photo shoot

Come refreshed and bring several outfits for a variety of looks.
Wear solid color clothing that fits properly, avoid patterns and have a tastful mix of colors and styles.
Don't wear Jewelry. They are distracting and agencies want to see a clean look.
You are welcome to bring your own makeup artist with you to the shoot or use one of our recommended makeup artists.

If you have inspirations or specific shots you liked from magazines, cut them out and bring them with you to get the looks and feel that best suit you.

Bring a friend with you if that will make you feel more comfortable. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Essential Basics to Become a Model
Do you have what it takes to be a model?

Many have dreamed of becoming a model, but only
a handful of the fortunate ones would get a chance to be signed by a modeling agency. The quickest way to fame is to get noticed by a scout. A scout from a legit model agency knows the looks that sell in the industry and can open the door for the game. If you're told by your friends that you have the look of a model, then perhaps you do have the potential to take a chance.

How to be a model?

The first thing is to be realistic. Do you have an attractive look? Do you have the height and the right shape? Are you able to portray different characters? If you meet the qualities above, the first step to becoming a model starts with eye-grabbing photos. You need a model portfolio with 6-12 strong photos to be noticed by a model agency. The photos are your first and most important impression in the business. Hence, don't hire just any photographer. Hire a pro who knows the fashion industry and knows what model agencies look for.

Do you need a comp card?

Many of my clients ask me this question. The short answer is "no".  If you have just started and haven't signed a contract with an agency, save yourself the money on the comp cards. Comp cards are like business cards for clients to keep so they will remember your look and hire you. It is usually distributed by the model agencies to the clients.

Contacting modeling agencies.

So you now have 6-12 striking photos with various looks from headshot to 3/4 length to the full body.  Now it's time to contact model agencies. Just as searching for a job, don't just contact one agency, contact as many as you can! Well-known model agencies are located in big cities - New York, Los Angeles, and of course San Francisco. Some of the reputable model agencies in San Francisco are Star, Look, Boom and Affinity. If you can meet the agent in person, be sure to have your photos printed (standard size is 9x12) and place them in a portfolio which can be purchased at an art supply store or on Amazon. If you are contacting the model agencies on the website, you can simply submit the photos digitally.

Is attending a modeling school necessary?

While it may be worthwhile to have some basic training in posing, expression, and walking, it is not necessary to spend the money on modeling school. Remember, a model agency will give you the contract based on your look, not training.

Are you ready to take your first step in a modeling career? Kurty has photographed models in San Francisco for more than 20 years. Book Kurty Photography now for stunning images that will leave a lasting impression.

Model Agencies in San Francisco

Affinity Models Talent & Promotion
100 1st Street # 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 788-9998

Boom Models & Talent
2325 3rd Street # 223
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 626-6591

Look Model Agency
166 Geary Street # 1400
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 781-2822

Stars, The Agency
777 Davis Street,
San Francisco, CA 9411
(415) 421-6272

Generation Model & Talent Agency
340 Brannan Street, Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 777-9099

San Francisco Top Models and Talen
870 Market Street, Suite 1076
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 391-1800

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