Hi and welcome back.
I’ve had a request to add a post on the model polaroid sitting. The term polaroid to describe this look is a holdover from the film days when a polaroid camera was used to get immediate photos for a models book or during a casting. This allowed the agency to have access to photos of the model for future use.
The look today is also called digitals.
Currently, some agencies require only a few images, but when I shoot polaroids I give the model 9 shots so that he or she is covered for every agency. Some agencies require all the shots and some only a headshot and full body or some combination of images.
Normally, the sitting is done with the model in a two piece bathing suit and includes these looks.
If you have long hair, pull it back into a ponytail so the agent can see your face. You can always let it out upon request.
The shots include:
2/3 body front, one side, right and left on an angle to the camera
Full body front, side, back
I always include all of the shots in the sitting so the model is covered to send images to agencies with differing requirements.
I use a single strobe light and a large softbox, like a 3 x 4 to get plenty of soft light.
Polaroids can be done with a smartphone: they don’t need to be done professionally. But if I shoot a model portfolio, I offer it as part of the package so the model leaves with a complete set of updated images.
Currently, I’ve seen polaroids done in clothing, almost like a simple commercial fashion look. I’ve not shot them that way, but it would seem to be easy to accomplish to send images to an agency.
I hope this helps!
Till next time, keep shooting!