PART II. How to look like a pro – 8 odd situations we should avoid on photoshoot and save the day
This article is continuation of a previous one – if you missed that, you can find it right HERE. Let’s do that!
5. BRING MODEL TO SHOOT TOPLESS/ ACT ON PUBLIC WITHOUT CONSULTING FIRST
-> Don’t get arrested!
If you are shooting fashion or portrait on the street, there is no big deal – for model being scared of it is mostly about being worried of judgement (face, pose, style…) and sometimes it’s great for your model to step outside of her comfort zone.
Shooting nude or topless on public on the other hand might become a bit dangerous- would not be the first time when someone got arrested for doing nude shoot on street and it scares many, many models. Consultation prior the shoot will help to prevent your model running out of scene; even though before you will approach your model with a request of shooting on public (which for 90% you will get negative answer anyway), avoid it by putting extra effort into the whole planning and do some research – walk around, try to find spots with less fluctuation of people or ask your model if she knows some spots (then you will get 90% positive or friendly answer because she would be glad you want to shoot her and taking it seriously.)
Also bear in mind that – depends on country you want to shoot in – be topless or even in transparent outfits might be strictly prohibited by law, like Singapore; therefore doing a research is so important.
6. “LOOK INTO THE SUN FOR A WHILE PLEASE!”
-> Don’t make your model cry.
Shooting outside is great as you actually don’t need much; good timing and even a reflector is pretty much enough. But telling your model to look into the sun while posing for longer than one minute, or pointing the reflector into the models eyes directly is only good if you want to make her cry as eyes are quite sensitive for that behaviour.
To avoid tears and red eyes, the best way is to change spot of your location- either going to full shade, or take the sunny pictures when sun is not so strong if possible (early morning/ evening sun is the best) or keep the sunny ones for the very end. Another option is to mix face expressions and poses with eyes closed as well as using hat or any prop to avoid destroyed makeup.
And the very best is to tell your model to count on three and open eyes for one picture without staring into sun for too long. Seriously worth trying!
7. TELLING YOUR MODEL TO SMILE, WHILE HER PORTFOLIO SAYS OTHERWISE
-> Don’t take rejection personally.
When you pick your model, check her portfolio carefully and focus on her facial expressions. You might find that your model is never smiling. And 99% cases are for her personal reasons, not because no one has ever shot her smiling and you aim to be cool to be the first one. She might have an issue with her teeth, even though you can find it sexy, she might not be a big fan of that, also your model can profile herself to a serious kind of looks, which is a reason why photographers are booking her.
Don’t insist to shoot her smiling when you noticed she never does. When you have a good mood on a shoot, you might try a quick snap of catching her smile – and show her the result, and even find a way which smile (big one, secret one) might work best for her. You might catch the snap of really nice portrait picture and she might like it.
8. SHOOTING CLOSE-UPS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
-> Make a moodboard and show your model photos alternately.
This is kind of psychological issue we all human being have – when someone suddenly violates your personal space, you get scared. For close-ups the best thing is to plan all of that before the shoot as a moodboard or tell her prior you wanted to try some tasteful nice details to avoid any misunderstandings.
But sometimes you just see it on the shoot, particular detail you want to catch – detail of eyes, glimpse of hair, or even a shape of butt – don’t stick your camera into your models face or different part of body; rather tell her what you gonna do and then show her the photo. She will be pleased you have noticed such a small and nice detail!
Summarising all points, we have a small table of tips – just don’t forget to communicate, plan whole thing in advance and make an awesome photos! Happy model + vision= amazing results.
- COMING ON THE SHOOT TOTALLY UNPREPARED -> Simply – Be ready!
- SHOOT YOUR MODEL WHILE SHE IS UNDRESSING/ CHANGING -> Think before click.
- GIVE ME A “SEDUCE ME” LOOK. -> Explain it differently.
- TOUCHING MODEL WITHOUT HER PERMISSION -> Save the day by communication.
- BRING MODEL TO SHOOT TOPLESS/ ACT ON PUBLIC WITHOUT CONSULTING FIRST -> Don’t get arrested!
- “LOOK INTO THE SUN FOR A WHILE PLEASE!” -> Don’t make your model cry.
- TELLING YOUR MODEL TO SMILE, WHILE HER PORTFOLIO SAYS OTHERWISE -> Don’t take rejection personally.
- SHOOTING CLOSE-UPS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE-> Make a moodboard and show your model photos alternately.