I know you’ll probably look at my photos and go... uh... Grace, you can’t model – why would you tell us how to? But point is... I can’t model, but I know a few tips that are supposed to make you model better that people I take photos of use and it seems to work. When it comes to me getting photos of myself though I just fail miserably but you know what they say: those who can’t do, teach!
(I’m not talking like high fashion modelling here, just wholesome basic stuff :p)
A lot of these are tips that I’ve picked up from the people I’ve photographed, a lot of people have their own little secrets. They’re also be a bit of stuff in here about how to angle your photo to make it more flattering.
Tip 1: Get the model to interact with something. Unless they’re amazingly confident with you, your model will likely freak out when you tell them to just stand there and look good. The most common thing I say is ‘why don’t you lean on that wall’ or ‘why don’t you sit down’. If you get the model to interact with their surroundings then they’ll instantly relax a bit. The amount of times people say to me ‘... I don’t know what to do with my arms.’
So to get them to relax, try getting them to lean on a wall, fence or pole, or get them to sit down. Sitting on the ground, chairs, etc, all works.
Tip 2: Take the interacting further. The model can do more than just lean on things and sit. You can get them to touch things around them or hold on to things. Get them peering through windows or something, anything! You can always get them to pick up a leaf or a flower and look at it. Some things will feel really stupid/sound really stupid (‘Can you just pick up that leaf and look at it? Now.. show me the leaf.’) but it tends to work.