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5 Photo Shoot Modeling Tips for Models and Photographers – Tips for Photography Photo Shoots

I’ve always said that male or female models who know more about photography can use that knowledge when they find themselves in front of the camera lens.

I love working with models who know a little about what I am trying to accomplish with my photography sessions. But for those who are not experienced, these tips to looking good in pictures might shed some light when starting out.

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For a quick background this photographer and model both learned in these modeling tips –¬† what they know about posing and photo techniques through self-taught methods.

Now, even though I agree that some professional training is a big plus; with that said I continued my learning process long after I finished with my “formal” photography training courses.

There are just some things you have to learn as you go and the 5 tips for first modeling photo shoot are definitely a read!

1. Be On TIME!

Photo shoot modeling tipsI know the frustration with models who show up late for photo shoots and this helps set the stage for the rest of the session.

I can only do my “miracle” work when I have developed a good trust and rapport with the model in my studio or on location.

2. Prepare in Advance

To make your modeling photo shoot go more smoothly, it’s good to have an understanding of what you want to accomplish before you show up. This goes for the photographer as well as the model.

Pack your modeling bag the night before so everything is ready for your photography session. I have a list of what to pack for your model photo shoot here.

Put some photo shoot poses in your head and practice them before the photography session.

Search online as there are plenty of informative “how to” videos and articles showing tips for photo shoots and you’ll almost always walk away with a modeling or pose idea.

Having a plan of action so to speak will make the session go off without a lot of down time and relieves some of the stress of not knowing what’s coming next.

3. Know Your Strengths and Limits

female model pictureWhat do I mean by strengths and limits? Well, first off you and your photographer should know up front what you are comfortable (and capable) of doing during the shooting of your pictures.

For instance, many new female models are very shy when just starting out and a request as simple as “take off your shoes” might be taken in the wrong way.

While some models are comfortable doing any type work such as glamour (with little or no clothes) other models are only interested in trying out for fashion or maybe a catalog modeling career.

The photographer needs to be sensitive to the model’s comfort zone and not ask her to do anything going against her natural or moral barriers.

If the photographer keeps this in mind then the final pictures will come out looking more natural and beautiful instead of stiff and uncomfortable looking.

4. Photographers – Don’t Touch!

I know it’s tempting to try to “pose” your model by laying your hands on her shoulders, etc. to get her into the exact position for angles and lighting but don’t do it without permission.

Most modeling photo shoot tips you find online will give these same directions when working with (especially) new female models.

If my model is not positioning herself exactly as I need for the shot, then I might ask if I can move her head to get the shot. Don’t assume that you have the right to touch a model – big mistake!

5. Stay Focused and Relaxed

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Believe it or not the camera has a strange way of knowing exactly what you are thinking.

If you are in the middle of a photo shoot and start thinking about what you’re going to make for yourself at dinner tonight, the picture is going to be confusing to the viewer.

This is a key point  in these photo shoot modeling tips which many times separates beginner models from the superstars you see on the cover of Vogue or advertisements for branded blue jeans.

The professionals know how to stay focused on what they are doing. These experienced models know how to give a “look” no matter if they are selling a sexy bikini or doing a commercial shoot for a jewelry company.

Now, don’t get frustrated if you are not sure how to do this just yet – everyone has to learn.

Practice in front of a mirror, in front of a friends camera, and watching other professional models to see how they do it all will help you become more proficient at modeling in time.

The more times you do modeling shoots with photographers the better you will become at posing and your facial expressions so get in front of that lens as often as possible.

Take Action and Learn These Photo Shoot Modeling Tips to Get Ahead

I certainly hope these photo shoot modeling tips for models and photographers will start you on a goal to learn how to become a better model and will set you on a path to a real career in this competitive profession.

Sure, some of this might seem difficult at the beginning, but you have to start somewhere, right? So why not begin right now?

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Til next time!

Bob Pardue


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