Photography for the main image.
Look of the person: The person needs to be looking confident, as they are going to be a new artist, and showing confidence shows that they will be good at it.
Background: The background can be any colour except cream or red, due to the masthead colour. The background could be red with the masthead colour changed to either black or white, which are the other two colours that should be prominent throughout the magazine. Not taken in school environment as unrealistic.