Brisbane Model Portfolio Photography

If you are a resident of Brisbane with dreams of building or enhancing your model portfolio then look no further.

At Matthew Cornell Photography, we’re local and here to help turn your catwalk and fashion model dreams into reality!

Our model portfolio sessions are not just professional; they’re fun and engaging, designed to capture your unique personality in a way that speaks volumes to talent agents and agencies.

  • Model photography in Brisbane is our speciality
  • Model agencies can send models to us for portolio photos
  • We are model photographers with an eye for fun and passion
  • We work with fashion stylists to produce amazing photos.
  • Brisbane fashion models love our photography services
  • Modeling agencies love our fashion photography
  • Beginner model portfolios are our passion
  • Brisbane modeing agencies use us for portfolio photos
  • Enhance your modeling career with portfolio photos by Matthew Cornell Photography

Visit Our Cool Studio in Brisbane or Opt for an Outdoor Fashion Photoshoot

Experience the best of both worlds.

Visit our air-conditioned studio in Brisbane for a comfortable and controlled photoshoot environment, or let’s explore the local suburbs for fresh, natural outdoor backdrops.

Meet Matt, Our Friendly Photographer

Hi. I’m Matt Cornell. Welcome to my website.

As a keen photographer I try to bring a touch of class to every photo shoot.

“Matt has an eye for detail and an instinct for capturing the essence of your style. He’ll craft your model portfolio that not only meets industry standards but also flawlessly sells your image.”

Model Portfolio Photography in Brisbane

Our portfolio services cater to both new and experienced models.

We understand the specific requirements of talent agents and agencies, from clear full-length body shots to captivating side profiles and headshots.

We emphasise naturally lit, clear, and easy-to-send photographs to make the process seamless and enjoyable for you.

Brisbane – Where Fashion Meets Style

Brisbane is the home of authentic style and comfort – we’re trendy with a touch of Aussie-ness. With our guidance, you won’t have to wait long to make your mark in the fashion world (so you can transcend our city and influence the world!)

Join the ranks of the privileged and the ultra-rich as a fashion model working with glamorous modelling agencies.

What’s Included in Your Model Portfolio:

  • 7 high-quality digital color photos
  • 3 high-quality digital black-and-white photos
  • One outfit change
  • A mix of standard portrait poses and dynamic action shots to add depth to your modeling portfolio

Who is our Model Photography For?

At Matthew Cornell Photography, our model photography services are tailored for a diverse range of models, artists and actors who appreciate the artistry and creativity behind capturing striking portfolios.

Professional Models

When professional models are looking for a captivating addition to their image portfolios, they turn to us for help!

Our photography brings out the unique style and identity of each model and embellishes their online and digital presence with captivatng photos that highlight the models skills and talents.

Advertising Agencies

Advertising agencies partner with us to create visually compelling content for their campaigns. Our photos enhance the visual appeal of their advertisements – making click-worthy and attention grabbing images that help them stand out in a crowded market.

Modelling Agencies

Drawing on our wide range of photography experiences, professional modelling agencies can trust us to provide portfolio photographs of their established and aspiring models in a convenient and safe environmernt.

Our goal is to capture the essence of each model, highlighting their versatility and individuality.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers turn to us to visually express their creative concepts. Through our photography, we bring their designs to life, emphasising the craftsmanship and details that make each piece unique.

Our behind the scenes photography helps make brands more relatable and our vibrant photos capture the attention and imagination of their customers!

Fashion Bloggers and Influencers

Fashion bloggers and social media influencers need an up to date and fashionable set of images to keep their feeds active and alive.

Our professioanl photography services allow bloggers and influencers a quick, easy way to generate a multitude of crystal clear and sassy images that will keep their feeds swollen for months.

Portrait Sessions

Anyone who has needed an updated portrait session knows the stress that can be involved in obtaining updated portraits for LinkedIn and website use.

But at Matthew Cornell Photography, a portrait session is fun and easy and we quickl capture your best side in the best light and produce images that fit neatly into your social media and online strategy.

Real estate agents, professional business people, artists and story-tellers can rely on us to help them present themselves in the best possible light!

What to Wear to Your Photoshoot

Once you have booked your photoshoot you might be wondering what you should wear.

Bring a few outfits to your photoshoot. There’s plenty of room in the studio to change outfits and we’ll adjust out backdrops and lighting accordingly.

Your first outfit should be a fairly simple ensemble. Select clothes that are fairly form-fitting to showcase your style.

Your second outfit might be a dark-coloured bikini top under a coloured tank top and dark slacks. Gents might opt for tailored pants and button up white shirt.

Your third outfit could be a full formal dress. Long flowing dresses with the opportunity for spins and movement are great for a portfolio. Men could change into football shorts and tank tops to show their physique!

Generally, minimal makeup is the key to letting your natural beauty shine.

Bring some hair accessories so you can adjust your hair during the photoshoot!

How to Start Your Modeling Journey in Australia

Becoming a model in Australia involves a specific path, and you can learn more about it here.

When you’re ready, let’s have a chat about portfolios, Z-cards, comp cards, and model reels.

How to Book Your Modelling Portfolio Photos

Send us yor details on our Book a Photoshoot form. It’s quick and easy and we’ll be in touch to work out the details with you.

Note that models under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian or parent to all photoshoots and interviews.

How much should a model portfolio cost?

In Australia, the cost of a model portfolio can vary depending on the photographer’s experience, location, and the services included in the photography package.

Experienced models can expect to pay between $500 and $2000 for a portfolio package with 20 to 30 edited images and a couple of changes of clothes.

Remember to communicate your specific needs and expectations to your photographer before the photoshoot. In this way, you can both prepare for the photoshoot and concentrate on capturing photos that capture your personality and versatility.

Do beginner models need a portfolio?


A portfolio is a crucial tool for beginner models as it serves as a visual resume, showcasing your range, versatility, and potential to prospective clients and agencies.

Here are some reasons why a portfolio is essential for beginner models:

  1. Introduction to Clients and Agencies: A portfolio introduces you to potential clients, fashion brands, advertising agencies, and modeling companies. It is often the first thing they see before deciding whether to work with you.
  2. Showcasing Versatility: A portfolio allows you to display your versatility as a model. Including a variety of looks, poses, and styles demonstrates your ability to adapt to different projects and requirements.
  3. Building Confidence: Creating a portfolio can boost your confidence as a model. It allows you to practice in front of the camera in a less stressful environment. You can take the time to explore your strengths and learn how to better present yourself to the industry.
  4. Online Presence: In today’s digital age, having an online portfolio is crucial. It provides a convenient way for potential clients to view your work, making it easier for them to consider you for projects.
  5. Networking and TFP Opportunities: A portfolio is essential for networking and securing TFP (Time for Print) collaborations with photographers. These collaborations can help you gain valuable experience and expand your portfolio – but photographers like to receive recognition for their work too – so a model that tags in their photographer or gives the photographer praise is more likely to easily find photographers that will take part in an unpaid collaboration.

As you embark on your modelling journey, consider investing time and effort into curating a portfolio that reflects your unique style and personality. If you ever need assistance or advice on creating a standout portfolio, feel free to reach out. I’m based in Northgate, Brisbane and here to help capture your best moments and contribute to your success in the modeling industry.

How can you make a modelling portfolio with no experience?

Don’t worry, not having experience doesn’t stop you from building a fantastic modeling portfolio! Here are some steps you can take.

Self-Discovery & Preparation

  • Get clear on your niche: Explore different types of modeling like fashion, commercial, fitness, print, etc. Find what resonates with your look, personality, and interests.
  • Define your strengths: Hone in on your best features and figure out how to highlight them in photos. Practice different poses and expressions in front of the mirror.
  • Invest in basic essentials: Build a simple wardrobe with versatile clothing that fits you well and complements your style. Choose neutral and solid colors for headshots and test shoots.

DIY Photoshoots

  • Gather your resources: You don’t need fancy equipment! Start with a friend or family member as your photographer. Use natural light in well-lit locations like parks, beaches, or your own home.
  • Experiment with different styles: Try various outfits, poses, and expressions to showcase your range. Capture natural candid moments alongside more posed shots.
  • Edit strategically: Consider basic editing tools to adjust brightness, contrast, and cropping. Avoid heavy editing that alters your appearance drastically.

Content Curation

  • Select your best shots: Choose photos that represent your best angles, strengths, and versatility. Aim for a diversity of looks and expressions.
  • Create a platform: Upload your photos to an online portfolio website or create a dedicated Instagram account. Consider platforms like Wix, Squarespace, or Model Mayhem.
  • Craft a compelling bio: Write a short bio that introduces yourself, your modeling aspirations, and any relevant skills or interests. Highlight your unique qualities and personality.

Network & Get Out There

  • Connect with industry professionals: Attend local photographic modeling workshops, join online forums, or reach out to photographers and agencies in your area. Be professional and proactive in your communication.
  • Participate in open calls and contests: Look for beginner-friendly opportunities to gain experience and exposure. Don’t be discouraged by rejections, focus on learning and improving.
  • Build your social media presence: Be active on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, but maintain professionalism and quality content. Engage with relevant accounts and communities.

Bonus Tips

Take acting or modeling classes

These can help you develop confidence, camera presence, and posing skills

Be patient but persistent

Building a successful career in modeling takes time and dedication. Stay positive, work hard, and keep pushing yourself to improve.

Remember, having no experience is not a disadvantage. Your drive, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn are key qualities that agencies and photographers look for.

What do I need for a modeling portfolio?

Building a stellar modeling portfolio package is crucial for grabbing the attention of agencies and photographers. Here’s what you need to consider:

Visual Content

  • Variety of Shots: Show your range! Include headshots showcasing your facial features, full-body shots highlighting your figure, and lifestyle shots demonstrating your personality and movement. Aim for diversity in backgrounds, outfits, and poses.
  • Quality Over Quantity: Choose exceptional photos over a large quantity of mediocre ones. Prioritise sharp focus, good lighting, and flattering angles. Invest in basic editing skills to enhance your photos without major alterations.
  • Professional Look: While DIY shoots are okay initially, consider collaborating with a professional photographer in the long run. Their expertise can transform and elevate your portfolio to the next level.


  • Choose your platform: Upload your photos to a dedicated website, online portfolio platform (Wix, Squarespace), or even a curated Instagram account. Ensure a clean and user-friendly layout that easily showcases your work.
  • Bio and Contact Information: Briefly introduce yourself, highlighting your unique qualities, experience (if any), and modeling aspirations. Include clear contact information like email and phone number.
  • Keep it Updated: Your portfolio is a living document. Regularly add new photos to showcase your development and keep it fresh for viewers.

Additional Tips

  • Tailor your portfolio to specific agencies or brands. Research their preferences and highlight relevant photos that align with their aesthetic.
  • Get feedback from industry professionals. Attend workshops, connect with photographers, and seek constructive criticism to improve your portfolio and overall presentation.
  • Stay confident and persistent. Building a strong portfolio takes time and effort. Keep working hard, learning from your experiences, and showcasing your potential with every shot.

Don’t Forget

  • Invest in basic modeling skills: Workshops or online tutorials can teach you posing techniques, facial expressions, and how to move naturally in front of the camera. For models in South East Queensland, we recommend the model training sessions by Huxnboss.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Your physical fitness and overall well-being will shine through in your photos.

Remember, your portfolio is your first impression in the modeling world. Make it count by showcasing your personality, versatility, and potential through high-quality visuals and professional presentation.

How to become a professional model in Brisbane?

Becoming a professional model in Brisbane involves a combination of preparation, networking, and showcasing your skills.

I understand the importance of a strong portfolio and effective self-presentation.

Brisbane portfolio photographer specialising in model portfolios.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you kickstart your modeling journey in Brisbane:

  1. Build Your Portfolio:
    • Work with photographers, like myself, to create a diverse portfolio showcasing different looks, styles, and poses.
    • Emphasise your personality and versatility in the photos to make your portfolio stand out.
  2. Research Modeling Agencies:
    • Identify reputable modeling agencies in Brisbane. Look for agencies that specialise in the type of modeling you are interested in, such as fashion or commercial modeling.
  3. Submit Applications:
    • Submit applications to selected modeling agencies. Include professional photos, your measurements, and any relevant experience or training.
    • Follow the application guidelines provided by each agency.
  4. Attend Open Calls:
    • Some agencies host open casting calls or auditions. Attend these events to meet with agents and present your portfolio in person.
  5. Networking:
    • Attend industry events, fashion shows, and networking functions in Brisbane. Connect with professionals in the modeling and fashion industry to expand your network.
  6. Online Presence:
    • Create a strong online presence by establishing a professional Instagram account and following local photographers like me (as you’ve no doubt already done @brisbane.matt).
    • Share your portfolio images and engage with the local modeling community.
  7. Stay Fit and Healthy:
    • Maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure you are in good physical condition. This is important for various types of modeling, including fashion and commercial work.
  8. Be Persistent and Resilient:
    • Rejection is a part of the industry.
    • Stay persistent, learn from each experience, and continuously improve.
  9. Consider TFP Collaborations:
    • Collaborate with photographers, makeup artists, and stylists on Time for Print (TFP) projects.
    • This helps you gain experience and expand your portfolio.
    • More experienced photographers are likely to charge a fee for their expertise and the quality of their work. We believe this small fee is worth the extra effort and improved quality you’ll get from a professional photographer.
  10. Stay Informed:
    • Stay informed about the modeling industry trends, events, and opportunities in Brisbane.
    • Being knowledgeable about the industry will help you make informed decisions.

Remember, success in modeling often requires a combination of talent, dedication, and perseverance. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance with building your portfolio or have any questions along the way.

How do you become a fashion photographer like me?

Becoming a fashion model photographer (like me) involves a combination of technical skills, networking, and a deep understanding of the fashion industry. You need to combine technical expertise with creativity.

Here’s a guide to help you embark on a career as a fashion model photographer:

  1. Learn Photography Basics:
    • Start by mastering the basics of photography, including understanding your camera, composition, lighting, and post-processing techniques.
  2. Invest in Quality Equipment:
    • Acquire professional-grade camera equipment and accessories.
    • You’ll need a high-quality camera, a selection of lenses, a strobe and a speed flash and a selection of backdrops for fashion photography.
  3. Educate Yourself:
    • Take photography courses or workshops to enhance your technical skills and gain insights into the specific requirements of fashion photography.
    • Remember to also build skills in the administration of a business including marketing and people interaction skills.
    • A good photographer is technical and clever behind a camera but also a people person and able to hold a conversation.
  4. Understand Fashion Trends:
    • Stay updated on current fashion trends, styles, and industry standards. This knowledge will help you create visually appealing and relevant images and also help you interact with brands and advertising clients.
  5. Build a Portfolio:
    • Create a diverse and compelling portfolio showcasing your best fashion photography work.
    • Include a range of styles, themes, and models to demonstrate your versatility.
    • Remove any images that detract from your portfolio.
    • Think about keeping your personal profile separate from your photography business profile.
  6. Collaborate with Models and Creatives:
    • Collaborate with models, makeup artists, stylists, and other creative professionals. Building a network in the industry will not only enhance your skills but also open doors to new opportunities.
  7. Manicure an Online Presence:
    • Establish a professional website to showcase your portfolio. (like this one!) Utilise social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to share your work and connect with the fashion community.
  8. Attend Fashion Events:
    • Attend fashion shows, events, and industry gatherings to network with models, designers, and other professionals. Building relationships can lead to collaborations and job opportunities.
  9. Offer TFP Shoots:
    • Consider offering Time for Print (TFP) shoots to models who are building their portfolios. This mutually beneficial arrangement allows you to gain experience and expand your portfolio.
  10. Develop a Unique Style:
    • Develop a signature style that sets your work apart. This could be in the way you use lighting, composition, or your overall artistic approach.
    • For example, I specialise in bright, well-lit authentic photographs in our Northgate studio and also in unique outdoor settings.
  11. Market Yourself:
    • Develop a marketing strategy to promote your services. Utilise social media, collaborate with influencers and consider paid advertising to reach potential clients.
  12. Be Professional and Reliable:
    • Demonstrate professionalism in your interactions with models, clients, and other industry professionals. Deliver on time and exceed expectations to build a positive reputation.

Fashion Model Photographer Northgate

If you’re looking for a fashion model photographer in Northgate, Queensland, you’re in the right place!

I specialise in fashion and portrait photography. My goal is to capture brand personality, convey a friendly and fun style, and deliver high-quality photoshoots.

You can check out my portfolio to get a sense of my photography style and the types of shoots I’ve done.

If you’re interested in working together or have specific ideas for a fashion model photoshoot, feel free to reach out.

I’m here to bring your vision to life and create stunning images that showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the models and the fashion they wear.

Whether you’re a model looking to build your portfolio or a fashion brand, advertising agency, or modeling company seeking captivating visuals, I’m excited to collaborate and contribute to the success of your project.

Let’s create something amazing together!

Please Note

We do not photograph art nude or boudoir. However, we can recommend talented Brisbane photographers who excel in this genre.

Northgate, we’re thrilled to be part of your journey, capturing your classy and fashionista side. Let us set your modeling career in motion today!