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Model Portrait Photography Tips for Photographers

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As a model photographer you will undoubtedly work with both experienced and inexperienced models. Regardless of the experience level of the model you are photographing there are certain tips that you can follow to help things go smoothly.

Below, you will find several model portrait photography tips that will help you capture the best shots.

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1) Be punctual and prepared

It’s important that you’re well prepared for the photo shoot.

This means being on time and making sure that you have all of your equipment with you and that it’s set up and ready to go. It’s a good idea to speak with the model a few days prior to the shoot to let them know the type of shots you’re looking for. This will enable them to also come prepared by practicing certain poses and expressions.

Speaking to the model ahead of time about the styles of the portrait photography will also help he or she to be aware of the type of clothing to wear and if any types of accessories or jewelry are needed.

In addition, they will be able to adjust their makeup and hair to fit in with the theme of the shoot. If you meet with the model before the job the odds are that you’ll both be more relaxed when working together.

2) Setting the scene for the portrait

It’s always a good idea to find out what type of environment or setting the model prefers to work in.

You can ask what type of lighting and music they’re comfortable with and make sure they are allowed their privacy.

Little things such as the temperature of the studio can also be discussed since you want the model to feel as comfortable as possible. Of course, on some occasions the theme of the photo shoot will dictate these things, but by asking, the model will realize that you’re trying to make them feel at ease.

3) Communication is key

Most models appreciate it if you’re specific in your instructions.

If you’re vague they may not know what it is you’re looking for.

One of the best ways to let the model know what you’re trying to capture on camera is to actually show them examples from various websites or magazines. This way they can visually see what it is you’re trying to achieve. Asking a model’s opinion at the photo shoot is also beneficial since they may have some helpful tips or experience to share.

4) Explore different angles

If you just stand still while taking your shots, you’re basically going to see that all of the images will be taken from the same angle and height.

You should get creative when photographing portraits by trying out various height levels and angles by moving around. Try as many different angles as you like, including from below and above and don’t be afraid to try something unconventional.

5) Believe in yourself

When holding a photo shoot with a model you need to be confident in your abilities.

Always be professional and know what it is you’re trying to achieve. If you’re not confident in yourself then there’s a good chance your model won’t be confident in you either. Stay calm and take your time.

We hope you enjoyed these model portrait photography tips. Leave a comment below sharing an experience you had with a model during a photo shoot!


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