How To Pose For A Photo Shoot
Learn the basics of what to do in a photo shoot from an experienced model. Tips on working with photographers and clients, creating that perfect pose, displaying clothes, or presenting a particular mood, it's all here.
How to pose for a photo shoot. Well, if you've been booked for a photo shoot, think about what the client wants. You're obviously getting paid for a reason.
What is it? Think about, are you a commercial model? So therefore, you've been booked to do the photograph as a model, but it's because you're selling a product. Are you selling the clothes? If you're in the photo and it's all about the jacket or the clothes that you're wearing, you need to show the shape of the clothes, you need to show how it drapes. Almost because the person that views the picture can't touch it, you need to kind of express, in a way, how great it is for you to wear that.
If perhaps it's more of a commercial shoot, which is what I was always booked for, I was always booked for smiley pictures and always this kind of angle because this is my best. So if you're posing, work out why they booked you over any other model. What is it that's unique about you? What do you offer the client? What did they perhaps like from your modelling book? Because they've obviously cast you from your model card, from a picture in your agency's book, or when you went to the cast in.
So, was there one photo that screamed out to them that was exactly the kind of feel, the look that they wanted to create for their brand? So when you're posing for a photograph, try and see it not from the model's perspective. Try and see it from the photographer's perspective or the client, the person from the marketing agency or from the brand. If say, for instance, it's a wedding dress, then it's always going to be happy and smiley and dreamy, isn't it? Because that's the mood you're trying to encapsulate in selling that item.
So, think about what they want, think about also how you would see it in a magazine. If your problem is you don't know how to pose, then start ripping pictures out of magazines. Get yourself Cosmopolitan, Company, Marie Claire; maybe go for the up market ones like Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, Harpers and Queen.
Get these magazines, start ripping them out. Keep your tear sheet folder with you, and if you go on a job and you're quite new to this, you can say what kind of angle do you like and start showing the photographer, because often it's about teamwork between you, the photographer, and the client. So, try and get the best out of that.
Try and be the best possible model that you can be. And it's something that you will learn over years. What suits you? What angles are good? I certainly know my angles, and there is a lot of angles I would not pose in.
So enjoy it, try it, look for tear sheets, and you can't really go wrong. If you do, there's so many frames with a photographer that let's hope you get at least 10 good ones. Good luck! Learn the basics of what to do in a photo shoot from an experienced model.
Tips on working with photographers and clients, creating that perfect pose, displaying clothes, or presenting a particular mood, it's all here. .