I want to ask you a question.I'm An emerging Photographer here in Manila and I saw your site, I show that you are also a new to the business, but you were able to photograph sexy, or even make nude photo-shoots for models, I know some people here where I live that has a potential to be my model, but I don't know how to make them pose the way I want them to,I don't even know how to start a conversation that I want to have a sexy or glam photo-shoot?
Waiting for the Confidence to Come
You are not alone,Before I answer your question, I want you to know that confidence is also new to me from this very day, I still get nervous! I used to just watch and do not engage, and also the people that I shoot is average people who wants to have fun in front of my camera.There's a fine line between fashion and portrait photography, Each has their own unique niche in the world of photography,Fashion photography deals with the exterior areas where humanity lives. Whether it is clothing, make up, headwear, footwear, etc it is all about outward appearances.Portrait photography can range from an impromptu shot to one where there is studio lighting, wardrobe, makeup and set poses. However, the emphasis is always on capturing the essence of the individual.
So let's chat about what we can do, in spite of how we feel...and help our clients trust our direction and ability to produce the type of images we will be proud of.
On the sound of your letter, it seems that you are the one who needs for be comfortable, If a client sense that you're not on the top of your game or even don't know what you are doing,that will manifest to them, as a result they might doubt your ability to create a good image.I'll share you how I do it ,and why I do it, different photographers do it differently, just happens that these things work for me.What I do is prepare the client to have a successful photoshoot.And since I never worked with real models preparing them is a must!( would I consider working with real models?) why not?
1. Know your client- know as much as you can about them, favorites, create a conversation, do they have a dream photo or pose to have, an inspirational poster or something? From there you'll figure what kind of person they are, and how far they can go, and top of all you'll come up with what kind of concept base on their persona.
2.Give the them some inspirational photos- whether you made it or not? this would give both party what kind of concept you will have, from there you can show them some sexy,seductive or everything in that category, see if that appeals to them , This would also make sure that everyone is on the same page.
3.Play music- One thing I always do is play music to set up the mood!
4.Talk to them- This is probably the thing I overdo, I talk alot! and this also helps client to be relaxed and comfortable, make sure you communicate with them, give them something to do, make their hands move specially indoor shoots.Say something like " great! superb! awesome! love it! or do that again! " this would inspire them to pose more for you.(remember if these are average people, they would be nervous and might not know what to do, as a photographer it's our job to have in control and tell them what to do in a very polite way)
5.Show the first look- I show the models/clients the result from the back of my camera, to inspire them and make them more excited to shoot more!
6.Give permission to be beautiful- Yes, there are the rare species who are okay in their own skin (namely, the seven-foot, fair skin,pointed nose,big curls who sits in the front row of my English class), but for the most of us it's not that easy. Especially when it has to happen in front of a camera. When I shoot my clients, I take a few seconds to let them know that in that moment, between us, it's totally okay to feel beautiful. I'm not behind my camera thinking to myself, What is she doing?! In fact, it's quite the opposite. My insides beg for a girl to blossom confidently in front of my camera, so when she gets back to her real life , she feels radiant and loved. When that happens, I've done my job.
I hope this offers a little more insight into how I work, but--more so--what you can do to bring out the true soul of your subjects behind the camera.Hope this helps! Happy shooting!
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