Models and actors always need fresh images for their portfolios. Photographer's task is to create a diverse set of images / looks that will help the talent in their efforts to get noticed and to get desired jobs.
There are no rules that are set in stone for model or actor portfolio shots, but there are a few things to keep in mind. When photographing a model or actor it’s advisable to understand their needs. For example, a lingerie model will need images that emphasizes on the shape and form of the body. While a dramatic actor, will have more success sending out a head-shot that communicates a certain feeling and will evoke emotions.
Watch this photography tutorial video to learn photography lighting setup how to photograph a female model.