What Is Being Photogenic, and Does It Influence Your Chances in Modeling?

We delve into this phenomenon in this article and give some tips to being more photogenic, and this is also why modeling agencies tend to choose models regardless of whether they’re “good-looking” or not.

Being Photogenic

Being photogenic means having a camera-friendly face. The camera has its downsides; it may not capture a model’s thoughts, feelings, and personality. It captures only the still physical aspect and the features of different facial parts such as angular Jawline, and edges of the nose are all easily captured and become more highlighted in the photograph. Although in real life the human eye doesn’t focus on these aspects in singularity and also determines the beauty of someone through the way they move and carry their body.

There is no surefire way to determine if someone will look good in photos which are also another reason why modeling agencies conduct test shoots and create the best composite cards to analyze if a model looks good on photograph.

How to develop yourself to become more photogenic?

If you weren’t naturally born with photogenic qualities there are still many ways you can improve in your photo look. First is definitely to practice and find the angle or facial position that suits your look the most. You might have to spend some time in front of the mirror looking weird (But, trust me, it will pay off). If you stick to that angle, nine out ten times, your photo is going to come out with you looking your best.

You would also have to work on your smile and give a natural and genuine full smile. One trick is to positively think of someone or something you love. However, don’t over show all your teeth or laugh as it may come off as fake. Keep it real, keep it moderated. Another effective trick is to not directly into the camera lens, look away or on top of the lens. This prevents the red-eye effect.

An important point for the ladies is to keep makeup at a necessary thickness. Too much is very easily observed by viewers. Especially with most popular photo-sharing applications such as Instagram and Facebook having the zooming effect can mean that such oversights are more readily seen.

Photoshop and its usefulness in photography and modeling

Beauty retouching is a concept that you may hear. It is often used to smoothen out the rough details and significantly improve the glamour. In truth many of the top celebrities and stars we see on Television or magazines are as such because of Photoshop or its other partner software applications. It may be deemed an illusion or deception, but it indeed a reality that is altering the entertainment industry and the culture of photo sharing in the world today.

However having known the benefits of Photoshop use it with a tad bit of wisdom. It is quite humiliating when you get caught Photoshopping your image, and if you haven’t done the editing properly. On top of that, never use Photoshop when submitting your photos to a modeling agency. The person viewing your photo submissions is highly likely to be a Photoshop expert themselves.

All in all, some models are born photogenic; others can find many ways to develop it. Start practicing, learning the relevant skills, and get your hands on the best makeup and editing tools. You too can be a star!

Important Terms That Every Model Should Be Familiar With

Any aspiring model has a need or responsibility to know and be familiar with the day-to-day terms and Jargons of the industry.


This refers to the model agency you have signed up for. Modeling agencies are responsible for their model’s safety, overall job experience, payment and every other aspect of their job.


They are also known as model managers and are the main point of contact for models and clients. Bookers have an important responsibility of acquiring clients, selecting the right models and rate of payment for each job. They also have to inform relevant models of job opportunities and every other relevant detail.

Casting Call

Casting calls are different from agency interviews, and specific to clients and the jobs you are applying for as a model. Agency interviews ask general questions and want to find out more about you as person and to see what type of modeling job would suit you best as a model. Casting call met out specific requirements requested by clients, such as specific age, ethnicity, gender that potential clients are expecting.


Client refers to the person or organization that seeks a modeling agency to hire models for their specific project or job need. In general there are 2 categories, commercial and fashion clients. Commercial projects, such as television commercials or print advertisements need people of various types and most models are eligible for these jobs. Another is fashion, whereby clients are usually from editorials, runway modeling etcetera.

Comp card

Short for composite card is a business card for models that is given to clients as well. It contains headshots on the front, and body shots on the back of the card usually. It also contains a model’s vital statistics.

Close-up shot

Another term for headshot or portrait photo where the model’s neck and face are focused upon in the photo (can sometimes include shoulders). Facial features and emotional expressions thus take high importance in these shots.


Contains comp card, test shoots, other project photos and all the important details and information about a model. If a client is interested in a model, a portfolio of that model is presented to the client for their consideration.


Sometimes known as a Scouting agent, is the person who is responsible for finding and attracting new and potential models into the agency. They go to city centers and other high profile events such as beach parties to seek for talent, and offer them opportunities to join the agency. Scouters are trained to be aware of the industry needs and are required to be professional in their engagement with the public.

Vital Statistics

These are important numbers that indicate what category of modeling you will belong to. This helps narrow down and place you in jobs that suit your body type. The 3 numbers that consist of your vital stats are the bust, waist and hip size.

With the above important terms, we hope that you will be able to use this knowledge effectively to communicate better as a model.

I Want to Be a Model, But Where Do I Start?

If you only have a gut feeling about becoming a model and you aren’t very sure, the question becomes, where do I start? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in thinking as such. Many of the best models in the world, even up to the ranks of popular Victoria’s Secret runway models, started with as much uncertainty as you. We reveal some of the important steps to take on how to start getting model job.

Find out what type of modeling fits you

Everyone has the potential to be a model, but not everyone can be a fashion model. You have to find out what modeling type your body sizes and dimensions will fit in best. If you are tall (above 165cm) you may be suited for fashion runways and editorials, but if you are short (below 160cm) commercial and print modeling will suit you better. There are ambiguous cases, such as model Kate Moss, where shorter models can become a good runway model. However, such cases are rarer and at least for a start, you will have to be realistic and recognize categories that your looks fit in suitably.

Choosing the agency that develops your style

Different agencies have different specializations. Some agencies accept and groom all types of models, some others stick to one. You now have to do your homework and make a list of agencies and the different types of model jobs they offer. Are you willing to try a variety of modeling job types or you want to focus on a specific area of modeling? Choose the agency appropriate to your ability and interests.

While checking your preferred agency, watch out for other important information that assures the agency is genuine and has a good reputation. Narrow down your options to a select the important few agencies that are best for you.

Applying into the agency

Any excellent agency will have frequent casting calls and readily book interview appointments for aspiring models. Search their social media and websites for information on upcoming casting calls and if you fit the female model requirements immediately apply for it. You can also apply through their website or call them directly and book an appointment. Calling is the most recommended way as you can clear your doubts easily and be more aware of what the agency expects from you.

Take a few Snapshots and a Proper resume

Some basic documents an agency expects at the start are your resume and a few basic snapshots of your face and body. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your photos; a few simple smartphone photos will see you through. The agency itself will be taking professional shots for your portfolio, and your photos are just for them to have a rough sense of how you look on camera. Your resume should show that you are more than a pretty face, who is committed and talented. This impresses the agency and improves your chances of getting accepted.

Now all you need is your patience to wait out for the agency to respond. If your looks satisfy the agency they won’t ignore your application and give you a response in a reasonable amount of time. Sometimes if they have too many models they might ask you to apply at a later date. Note down all their responses and keep following up with them.

Even top models like Tyra Banks had to face multiple rejections before their first chance. Be patient and opportunities will come your way. Principally, don’t let fear or being shy prevent you from trying. We wish you all the best in your modeling career.