Mood, yes, mood is going to influence the way your model poses, her expressions, and the overall essence she projects during the shoot.

If your model is feeling genuinely happy and having a good time, you will notice it in the freedom and beautiful creativity she provides while working.

Nervousness, tension, or self-consciousness must take a back seat and this can be achieved with your assistance. I like to help by focusing on lighthearted conversation and making the shoot an overall pleasurable event.

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The photos shown here were created for my guide “FashionNude Poses Vol. 2” and the post “Basic Glamour Lighting Tutorial”.

Coaching Actions

When coaching a model to move in a certain way, a few things must happen. First, she needs to redirect her attention from trying to pose well to simply performing the action you are suggesting. Second, you need to add naturalness to the movement instead of constructing a stiff, static pose. Third, keep her busy. Constantly breaking her tension by keeping her in motion will keep her engaged and fresh. This will in turn revive her expressions. Plus, it is one of my favorite ways of creating an emotional charge.

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Do It Again

When I ask a model – especially beginners – to repeat an action over and over again, it gives me multiple opportunities to capture something gorgeous. This is my secret ploy that annihilates her nervous energy. It’s hard to be tense when you’re exhausted and focused on simply nailing the action in the perfect way. Be careful not to badger her, but rather keep her engaged and she will most likely deliver a variety of useful poses.


Demo the Move

Take the performance pressure off of her for a moment and demonstrate what you expect to see from her. This may sound like a silly thing to do for a male photographer but I highly suggest you let your guard down and give it a try. If you find yourself unable to show a posture because it is too feminine, let a female make-up artist or stylist give it a try. However, if you have no staff at hand, you can always fall back on showing your model the tear sheets you have prepared. Those examples should assist her in understanding what you are looking for.

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How I Demo

Camera in hand, I will quickly demo the action I am suggesting her to perform. Sometimes I will intentionally go way overboard just to get some laughter out of her. Looking silly on my behalf will overcome her inhibitions and she will feel free to try over and over again without being worried about delivering stupid expressions.

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