Portfolio Books for Aspiring Models

Entry-level models build a portfolio to attract the attention of an agency

Things to consider when selecting your portfolio

Page Size

The standard size is 9″ x 12″. You’ll see some other sizes on our website, and those are fine for special cases. But if you’re seriously trying to break into the modeling industry, you need a 9×12 portfolio book. Your photos should also be 9″ x 12″ prints, because smaller prints floating around on a big page look unprofessional.

Book Construction

While a professional model’s portfolio has a rigid cover, a beginner book can be lightweight with a flexible cover. For presentation to a prospective agency or client, the pages should be permanently-bound into the cover.

Photo Capacity

A beginner’s modeling portfolio book only needs to hold 20 items. In our opinion, your book should contain 5-11 great professionally-shot photos, that show your various talents and your best features. After that, the book should display snapshots that reinforce and legitimize your resumé. (Get someone to take snapshots of you appearing in a local fashion show, or you working as a promotional model at an event.)


Unlike a professional model’s portfolio, a beginner’s portfolio can have a pocket in the front. See the Starter Portfolio Book below.

Best Portfolio Books for Aspiring Models

Davenport Portfolio Book

The Davenport Portfolio Book is our most durable vinyl-clad pressbook design. It’s especially popular in mid-sized modeling markets around the world. The 10-page variety is the most common, because it’s lighter to carry around every day.

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Starter Portfolio

The Starter Portfolio makes you look like a serious and dedicated aspiring model. The personalized cover makes your name memorable when you hand it to a prospective agent or client. The front cover pocket puts your handout materials in an obvious spot, where they almost scream, “Take one!”

But why? In your front pocket, you’ll want a few copies of your resume, a few copies of your raw snapshots, and a few of your model business cards. When you’re starting out, you won’t have a lot of tear sheets, and you probably won’t have a comp card yet. But you need to push your marketing material because you REALLY want people to take it. So, put everything right up front where they’ll see it.

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Advanta Portfolio

For those first go-see interviews or special presentations, choose the Advanta Portfolio. This is not your everyday book; it’s for putting on a show. With a heavier cover, crystal-clear polished pages, classy riveted binding, and no stuffed pockets; everything looks clean and professional in your client’s hands.

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Choosing the right self-promotion products can be a daunting task. If you have questions about any of our products or services, contact us and we’ll give you some friendly customer-service! Simply call us at 412-436-0343 or email customer.service@portfoliomart.com for free personal advice about portfolio books and other model marketing materials, including headshots, comp cards and photo prints.