Advice & Support For Mature Models | London Photography

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Mature models are highly in demand in the UK. They are required for a range of opportunities, from fashion and catalogue style modelling to commercial modelling and everything in between. Older female models have also started to make an appearance on runways.

There is no better time than now to get started on your career as a mature model. This is highly achievable with a good plan, strong portfolio, and experience in front of the camera. 

This blog aims to offer practical advice for aspiring mature models to break into the industry, whether that is securing a place at an agency or your first paid gig, we can help you!

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How to become a mature model in the UK without experience

Simply put: unless you have incredible connections, you will not be considered without a portfolio.

However, putting together a portfolio is a lot easier than a lot of people may think. If you have previously tried to set up a tripod in your room and felt disappointed in the poor quality, badly composed images that came out, this is not all there is to it. 

How to get into a mature modelling agency

One of the best things that you can do as a mature model is get yourself into an agency. This can seem daunting, but doing the following can make it a lot easier:

  1. Professional Photoshoot. Invest in a professional photoshoot to create a strong portfolio of mature portraits, that showcases your versatility and unique qualities. Ensure the photos are high-quality, well-lit, and highlight your best features.
  2. Prepare a Resume and Cover Letter. Create a modeling resume that includes your relevant experience, skills, and measurements.
  3. Networking. Attend industry events, fashion shows, and open calls to meet professionals in the modeling industry. Connect with photographers, stylists, and other models to expand your network.
  4. Online Presence. Create a strong online presence on social media platforms like Instagram, showcasing your mature portraits. Engage with the modeling community and follow relevant industry professionals. Make sure that your portfolio images are up to a strong standard before you do this.
  5. Research Modelling Agencies. Below is a list of mature modelling agencies with strong reputations and track records for excellence.

Top agencies for mature models in the UK

Some agencies can end up being false, which is a heartbreaking waste of time and sometimes money. Here is a list of reputable mature modelling agencies in the UK:

  • Kult London. Known internationally across Hamburg, Sydney, Stockholm, Vienna and Cape Town. Good for personalised management & long-term career development.
  • Nevs Models. Based in London, and committed to providing opportunities for a diverse range of models.
  • XDirectN. Headed by Quentin McQueen, this agency showcases an artsy portfolio for their models’ work. This agency claims to have the ‘most relaxed terms possible’ and ‘best fees possible for the models.’
  • Boss Models. Representing Karen Elson who shot the front cover of Italian Vogue with Steven Miesel. Based in Manchester.
  • iMM Models. Based in London and Manchester, this agency have had mature models walk in multiple fashion weeks across the world.
  • Established Models. founded in 2013, Established places models into positions in runways, commercials and e-commerce campaigns.

Tips for mature models photography

Include a variety of looks, hairstyles, and outfits to demonstrate your adaptability for mature portraits. For example, a strong portfolio should show a  range from casual and formal attire to swimwear or sportswear.

In your portfolio, make sure to use both natural, minimal makeup shots and more glamorised images. Working with a professional make-up artist is recommended for both. This shows potential clients that you can be versatile in your appearance. Also be sure to include headshots that highlight your facial features. 

Moreover, use different settings and backgrounds to add depth and variety to your portfolio. By doing so you should also demonstrate your posing skills and range. Be sure to convey confidence and comfort in front of the camera.

Get high-quality mature portraits for your portfolio and start your career!

With transparent yet competitive prices, our mature model photoshoot package of professional hair styling, makeup and wardrobe services is an excellent choice for mature models to get the best start in their career.

Since 2009 we have been offering professional advice for mature portraits for portfolios. As well as unrivalled levels of technical photography skills, our team will also help you to feel completely comfortable and relaxed, connecting with you to add a whole new dimension to your photoshoot.

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