most frequently asked questions on modeling
How do I start off ? Its simple, first of all fix up an appointment to meet so that everything can be explained and discussed in length. Also, I do not use standard formulas to shoot every one alike. Only after seeing you, i can judge best as to evaluate the best looks for you. Meeting beforehand also helps evaluate your potential and guide you plan your portfolio in best possible manner. You may call up at 9871020341 (or whats app) anytime to fix an appointment. If you are not based in Delhi, send in your photos or fix a skype chat.
What are the payment terms ? You need to pay 50% in advance to confirm the date. Rest of the fees is to be paid on the day of the shoot. You may make the advance payment online or issue a cheque in favour of " Munish Khanna ". You may drop the cheque for the portfolio at the Studio or at any of the ICICI bank drop boxes / branches.
What are the Cancellation terms ? If cancelled 15 days before the date of the shoot 90% of the total fees will be refunded back immediately. No refund beyond 15 days. If postponed 7 days before the date of the shoot, no additional charges. If postponed within 7 days 10% of the total fees will be charged extra.
How long will my photo session take? A complete portfolio generally takes up the whole day. Time for hair and makeup done at the studio is included in the photo session. It is a good idea to start as early as possible, say around 8 am or 9am. The make up may take about an hour or so. the actual shot thus starts around 10 or 11am. Starting early helps to wind up in time and also take into account any delays due to unforeseen factors.
How early should I book ? Earlier, the better. This helps you also plan everything smoothly. However, if available I can schedule the shoot at a short notice as well.
I only want a few photographs. Can i pay less and get lesser photographs? You are not paying for the number of photographs or looks. In fact you are paying for the photographers skill and experience to bring out and show your very best in your portfolio. The Art and effort involved is almost the same even if the number of looks or photographs is less. However, to make things a little economical for you some special prices have been worked out for a mini portfolio and also for an extended one.
Do you guide the model during the shoot ? yes of course. Complete guidance will be provided during the shoot and all assistance will be given for posing and expressions. As the shoot goes on you are shown your pictures on a camera or a large screen, and suggestions given how best to improve the shots.
Are my photographs retouched on the computer? Once the final pictures are selected, these will be retouched and finished to look the best. There are no additional charge for this. Usually it is done to the extent that the photographs look natural and do not look too artificial. However, you have both the options. You also have the option to add more photographs to your collection.
Do you promote models? It's always my effort to promote my models. Moreover I prefer shooting with models I know are good. Anyways my best efforts are towards making a great portfolio so that your pictures speak out for you. You are guided to the right people in the industry for your promotion.
How many number of pictures will you be shooting ? The whole shoot is now a days done on high end digital cameras. This helps in shooting unlimited pictures without bothering about added expenditure of film and processing. You do not have to worry about the number of frames or number of rolls used anymore. Just concentrate on your looks.
Do I have to bring my own clothes? If you have a good collection, do bring it. I do have a complete wardrobe but it is always better to have more options open. However, you will have to bring your own jeans, shorts, shoes, sandals or any other stuff which requires a specific fitting / size not available here. All this can be discussed before hand and in certain cases, you may not need to bring along anything.
Can I choose the outfits ? Yes, you can. Alternatively, let us decide what will work best for you, but you still have the final word.
Do I get to select my photographs ? yes, Since there are a lot of photographs i generally shortlist the photographs and among this set you can further choose the best ones you like. this makes your work much easier. At the end of the shoot as well as during the shoot, we’ll look at your photos on a computer screen and talk about which images / looks /expressions work best.
How many pictures will I finally get ? As many as you want. But it is always good to have only the best pictures in the portfolio which are very strong in every aspect and do not show any flaws at all. The images should show the model in his/her best. The presentation CD or website could have more images but the prints should be restricted to about 10. It's all a team work. any picture where the model or the make up artist or the photographer are not up to the mark does not make to the final selection.
How much do I have to expose ? Thats absolutely your choice. It is not necessary if you are not comfortable doing so. Keep in mind the kind of work you are looking for. Your portfolio should reflect the same. However, if you get any such images shot, its not necessary that you have to show everything to your prospective clients.
I am not really slim, Is it possible to achieve that in Photoshop ? It is possible to do so in photoshop to some extend, however, its better not to manipulate the photographs in a manner which does not portray the real you. Small tweaking can be done but do not expect a drastic change.
I do not have a good Body, Can I still become a model ? It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for character roles, a good physique may not always be needed. Meet me before hand and I can guide you better.
Should I join a Gym before getting a portfolio done ? Its good to have a good physique but you do not have to be a body builder. As long as you are fit, its perfectly all right, with or without a Gym. You are most welcome to meet up and discuss this aspect.
I am not tall, can I still become a model ? Yes, being tall is not the only criteria. Though it helps but its not a setback as there are so many options still open and your overall personality matters much more than just the height.
I am tall, and people say that I can become a model. As mentioned above, being tall is not the only criteria but yes, an added advantage. Have a good overall personality certainly helps rather than just being tall.
What are the different looks that are included ? Its not always necessary to do every different look. We can discuss and plan, what looks go best with your personality and what kind of work you intend to seek. some of the options are - Western casuals- jeans / shorts /tops etc , western formals / evening gown or a dress, Indian traditional - saree or a lehanga, closeups and beauty shots, Executive / Business look. Based on your fitness you may also go for sportswear or Lingerie / Bikini.
Is modelling safe ? Its just as safe as any other profession.
Can I bring along a friend or someone ? yes, certainly. However, bring along someone you are friendly with and not conscious of. Someone you are not uncomfortable posing in front of. Also, its fine to bring along one friend or at the most two but not a whole bunch !
Some people promise to promote ? what do you say ? One does not really need anyone to promote you as long as you have the talent. A good portfolio is your first step in the industry and decide the photographer on the basis of his/her work and do not link promotion with it. If you are good and if your portfolio is good, half the battle is already won. With the right guidance, you can promote yourself much better than anyone else.
Should I have my own website ? Its optional. You anyways get a page on my website " www.munishkhanna.com/yourname " For more visibility, you may go for a personal webpage with all details.
How will I know as to where all should I distribute my photographs ? You will get all the guidance and the details of the reputed modelling agencies and casting directors, both in Delhi and Mumbai. In case of any questions or doubts, you can directly get in touch with me any time later as well.
What are the steps I need to follow once I have the portfolio in hand.
Follow these steps once you have got your portfolio made.
I just want to get the photographs for myself. Is it any different ? No not really. Its more or less the same except that you can get it done more in a manner you want it to be rather than what will work better in the industry.
I am just getting it done for fun sake, Just to give it a try... Nothing works unless you give it your best. If you want to pursue modelling as a career, you need to be professional about it just as any other career. You need to put in your best effort towards your portfolio, to begin with as this is going to be your first impression in the industry.
Do you also do couple portfolios ? yes, you can plan out a couples portfolio and the prices are available here. This may be a post or pre wedding shoot or even years after you got married. well, or just as a couple even if you are not married.
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