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Photographer
Amy Genevieve
Posts: 6
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Hi, I am working with three models over the next month and as a fairly new photographer to working with models. I was just wondering if any models have any opinions on how to go about assisting models in posing who are fairly new or need guidance. I feel the models I am about to work with have the style I am going for and can pull of the look but am wanting to get some ideas before shooting. When you are in front of the camera posing what are some things you like to hear to guide you that are helpful? Ps I am shooting artsy themed shoots not nudes or sexual photos.
Feb 11 13 05:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Lela Jesse
Posts: 1,148
Arcata, California, US


Amy Genevieve wrote:
Hi, I am working with three models over the next month and as a fairly new photographer to working with models. I was just wondering if any models have any opinions on how to go about assisting models in posing who are fairly new or need guidance. I feel the models I am about to work with have the style I am going for and can pull of the look but am wanting to get some ideas before shooting. When you are in front of the camera posing what are some things you like to hear to guide you that are helpful? Ps I am shooting artsy themed shoots not nudes or sexual photos.

If you need a direct part of the model to move, address it as correctly as possible. Don't just say "move that" and point. The model can't always tell. If say you need them to put their arm/ hand in a different position, make sure to say if it is the right or left hand. It also helps to hear when something liiks right. Say if they have the pose just perfect, let them know. Be sure to also tell them if it isn't working so they can move to make it better.

Feb 11 13 05:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Amy Genevieve
Posts: 6
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Thanks for the feedback. I worked with a girl who said it was great to hear feedback but then found myself at a loss of what to say.
Feb 11 13 06:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Lela Jesse
Posts: 1,148
Arcata, California, US


Amy Genevieve wrote:
Thanks for the feedback. I worked with a girl who said it was great to hear feedback but then found myself at a loss of what to say.

I also find it very helpful to see an image in the camera. If it works, if it doesn't, if just one thing needs to change, this helps a lot, if you don't really know what to say. You can always say "come take a look" and look at it together. Its very helpful.

Feb 11 13 06:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jackson frontier photos
Posts: 531
Joplin, Missouri, US


I'd offer suggestions, even for experienced models, but do encourage them to improvise, some of the best shots happen when the shoot flows like that.  Don't be afraid to direct the process from your end.  Models are not always thinking of composition and lighting, you may need to ask them to turn their face away from or into sun, etc.
Feb 11 13 07:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Don't be afraid to show them the poses. It may feel funny - and is often good for a laugh (especially when I forget and find I'm still in pose while shooting!). I've often found that by being quite direct early on in the shoot and praising what works, you will find that most models will start to do the poses automatically as the session progresses. Also it helps to explain why you want a pose a particular way - are you being arty or is it just that its more flattering that way. Tell a model that a particular pose is good because it makes her stomach look flatter and she'll be your friend forever lol.

Also don't be afraid to show previews during setup changes (if possible). It can be very reassuring for a model to see that you're getting good shots. Critique them together - what's working, what isn't. You can adjust then for the next set. And while you're there - check make-up! Are her lips and eyes looking good? Need to adjust the makeup?

It's a collaboration remember. You both want to get the best out of the session so communicate at all times. And remember to give positive feedback when it is really working - we all like that reassurance.
Feb 11 13 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Jackson frontier photos wrote:
I'd offer suggestions, even for experienced models, but do encourage them to improvise, some of the best shots happen when the shoot flows like that.  Don't be afraid to direct the process from your end.  Models are not always thinking of composition and lighting, you may need to ask them to turn their face away from or into sun, etc.

Good point on the improvising. Some of the best shots are definitely not planned - but you have to spot them and use them. I've had model (who was posing in the classic sexy librarian scenario with clipboard and pen - bent down to get it - she accidentally dropped the pen - great cleavage shot that I didn't even plan - now let's do that again!).

Feb 11 13 08:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotticelli
Posts: 11,988
Lorton, Virginia, US


Amy Genevieve wrote:
I feel the models I am about to work with have the style I am going for and can pull of the look but am wanting to get some ideas before shooting. When you are in front of the camera posing what are some things you like to hear to guide you that are helpful? Ps I am shooting artsy themed shoots not nudes or sexual photos.

I usually start with very specific poses and lighting ideas. I often have pictures with pose samples (from Internet) that I show models. For a poses in which moving an inch is critical to how light hits the skin I shoot tethered and have a monitor so the model can see the pictures real-time. This way it's much easier to explain what body part to move and why. This works great with experienced models because it let's them get more involved in the process.

Feb 12 13 11:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Image Studios
Posts: 175
Marengo, Illinois, US


Amy Genevieve wrote:
Hi, I am working with three models over the next month and as a fairly new photographer to working with models. I was just wondering if any models have any opinions on how to go about assisting models in posing who are fairly new or need guidance. I feel the models I am about to work with have the style I am going for and can pull of the look but am wanting to get some ideas before shooting. When you are in front of the camera posing what are some things you like to hear to guide you that are helpful? Ps I am shooting artsy themed shoots not nudes or sexual photos.

Talk to them. Give them setting in their mind. There is a guy across the room and you want to get his attention. You just got grounded. This will give them an idea of the pose as well as the facial expression. The posing is normally the easy part normally for models.

Remember angles make good photos. Have them pretend you are some hot guy (or at least with me they have to really use their imagination).

Feb 12 13 11:25 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Melodye Joy
Posts: 542
Rancho Cucamonga, California, US


I personally find it helpful when the photographer or creative director explains what they want and then perhaps shows me "Okay, bend at the knee and look straight on, hand on waist and hand in hair, like this..."

Then I will proceed to mimic their stance, if there is further instruction or needed guidance, I don't mind a photographer or creative director physically posing me (coming up, positioning my hand thus so, moving my hip slightly...)

During the shoot, while in form, I have always been told to move slightly in each frame/shot. At least move my eyes if I am not to move my whole body. In modeling, don't move the eyes too far off because the whites of your eyes showing more than your eye (color) itself isn't always the best.

Once one pose is grasp in that photo, we move onto the next and at times, I have had the photographer allow me to do 'my own thing', to loosen up and perhaps get that capture unexpected.

Also, I am not sure of your models stature, but being petite, I have been told to push my upper body forward, butt out, shoulder back, elbow(s) in, head up (but not too far up), mouth slightly open, relaxed eyes....

I have also been instructed to bend and 'break' my body, shoulder forward, knees bent awkwardly, chin down/neck up, eyes over the camera and to the right/left...



How do YOU like to instruct your new clientele?

-Inspirational images
-concept ideas
-instructions on how to (written or verbal)
-(physically) showing what you want from the model
-letting them 'do their own thing', little to no instruction
Feb 12 13 11:34 am  Link  Quote 
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