If you’re someone who sells a product or service, it helps to have a website with professional photos in this digital age.
Actor? Designer? Sell nappy cakes? Have a website! Get your name out there! What’s the first thing you do when you want to find out a new cool product or place to get your nails done? You probably Google or Facebook them to look for some reviews, or get an overview. It’s handy to have a professional photo of yourself or your business for it, and you can use them for other things too e.g LinkedIn.
If you’re networking in person definitely get some business cards printed! My favourite are from moo.com they an excellent quality and come with a free card holder.
So how do you go about doing this?
Find a reputable photographer, and make sure he has good reviews. There are many ways of searching and there are lots of photographers out there. So you want to find one that is not only qualified to do portrait shots but also all of the equipment. Their studio needs a crisp and clean white background, these tend to look like projector screens that pull out. Professional lighting involves a lot of soft boxes as they would need to manipulate the light to illuminate you properly. Of course they need a decent camera! It does not need to be the best of the best but it has to be better than a digital compact!
I find lots of great photographers looking to expand their portfolio on the Manchester Models page here. You can ask the people in the group for recommendations or check the credibility of a photographer.
All professionals charge a fee for their work. So you will have to pay per hour for their skills, and then for each photo that you want a digital copy of (unless they offer printing too!) This digital copy can be quite pricey but it is a HIGH QUALITY image and you will own all rights for it. So always double check you get a good quality image! It should be clear and not pixelated with a decent resolution before you hand over any money. Once you own the digital copy you can edit, redistribute it and market it any way you want to.
That is the standard way but there are other common agreements such as TFP Time for print (or trade for print, test for print, time for pics, TFP, and sometimes print for time, PFT) is a term many online photography communities use to describe an arrangement between a model and a photographer whereby the photographer agrees to provide the model with an agreed number of pictures of the best photographs from the session, and a limited license to use those pictures in return for the model’s time. – source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_for_print
So good luck getting some great professional photos and have fun modelling!