It is already hard enough as it is to photograph an object that is immobile, so how hard is it to take a picture on a model that is moving? If you are able to work with a well-experienced and professional model, then things may be easier and you already have about half of your work accomplished for you. Yet if you and your model are both inexperienced, then here are several tips on how you can both produce a great photograph together.
One of the first things that you should take note is that you should not be late when going to a photo shoot. Be sure that you come to your photo shoot bringing the right kind of equipment and have everything set up once the model has arrived. Let your model know beforehand what your art direction is so that they will be able to practice some poses and expression that you are looking for.
You should acknowledge the type of environment that your model is more comfortable in working with. One of the things that you should consider is distractions, temperature, lighting, music and privacy. Most of these things are out of your control when it comes to the theme of your shoot, but these tiny things that you take into account are those that can help make the model be at ease.
When you are in a photo shoot, do not just be satisfied in keeping your silence. Start by being involved with your model by letting them know what you want. Providing then with vague comments is just going to frustrate the model. One of the key aspects here is to get your art direction across and you can do this by showing them picture examples from magazines or websites.
Aside from providing feedback, you should also be open to receive the critiques of the model. Ask them of their opinion and if they have worked with a photographer before, they may just share with you some insightful tips and ideas to share.
Snapping away and just standing there is not an ideal way for photographers. Just like the model, you should be moving around as well and keep trying to explore the various angles and height levels available for you. Do not be afraid in putting yourself in awkward positions in order to frame the shot that you want. You may even find yourself kneeling down, bending over, lying on the floor or standing on tables just to get the perfect shot.
Your models can tell when the photographer is not confident, and this can appear that you do not have the professionalism it takes to be a good one, eventually hurting your reputation. That is why it is important to be positive when it comes to your traits and skills as a photographer. Even if this is your first time to start shooting a model, do not let your nervousness and anxiety show and just continue providing an upbeat vibe.