Throughout my years of photographing models, especially newer ones, Ive come across a lot of beautiful ladies, yet they were so unsure of themselves. Always second guessing on what to do for poses, wether they look okay, if they look awkward, etc. I too have done this, when I first started getting my photos taking for my own personal style. I eventually broke out of the shyness and felt more confident after learning and doing my homework. Sure, I still get a little awkward in front of the camera since Im so used to being behind it. I came up with this idea to share some simple and helpful tips for newer models, bloggers.. anyone who is in front of the camera during a shoot.
1. Wear clothes that you enjoy being in!
Sure this sounds odd, but it truly works. If you’re a person who loves being in jeans and a graphic tee (like me) and then get put into a dress.. you’ll be a little out of your comfort zone (I know I am when I shoot in dresses..which is rare). Yes, you have to learn how to grow out of it, but work with it! I’m sure you look beautiful as well as the dress.
You must overcome your awkwardness wearing something you dont find yourself typically in. But you can also compromise! If a stylist is on board during your shoot, ask them if they can get something you feel most comfortable in. If you’re are supplying the wardrobe (which in most cases you probably will be) Find something that is nice to photograph as well as you feel most comfy in! Your confidence will rise and it will most definitely show. If you don’t feel confident, it does show in photos, and nobody will like the photos.
2. Learn your poses!
Simple, and one of the main things you must do is learn poses. Please don’t show up to a shoot unsure of how to pose. It’s okay when you’re nervous and its one of your first times, but at least come with some knowledge, like what your best angle is. If you’re doing portrait shots or makeup shots, learn what your best angle is. Spend a few minutes being in front of the mirror, take some selfie shots and move your head and body around. Go onto google and pinterest and search some poses. Flip through a fashion magazine! You can do so on your way to a shoot.. (unless you’re driving then pay attention to the road)
Photographers love when models are diverse with lifestyle poses, editorial poses, and fashion poses. It’s best to try and be diverse. If you have been shooting for a few minutes and run out of ideas for poses, you can always ask the photographer. We will direct you as well, but you can always ask to take a pause and look up some more poses on your phone. (Unless you have a strict photog)
3. Bring someone with you!
Theres been controversy within this industry on wether models should be allowed to bring an escort with them. Personally, I love when models bring someone with them. 9/10 times the friend, mom, girlfriend, etc, will always be a awesome spotter and have ideas! (We will put them to work as well) Bring someone who you know well, and will hype you up! (yasssssss queen!)
P.S if you’re shooting with a photographer (especially a male one) and they tell you not to bring a escort with you, that is a massive red flag and I encourage you not to work with that person. Too many stories of young women getting taken advantage of. Unless you have shot with them before and you feel comfortable, or you know how to take care of yourself, please bring someone with you! Stay safe ladies.
Well thats all the tips I have for you today. If you have any tips as well, please tell below in a comment! Id love to hear them!