Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Make Models Feel Comfortable Before a Fashion Photo Shoot

When working with models in order to produce some great product images that will help your product sell, it’s important that the model feels comfortable, at ease and relaxed – if not, this will show in the photographs. Working with models can often be a challenge if you’re not used to it, and models without masses of experience are often prone to feeling more uncomfortable than those who’ve gotten used to doing it day in, day out. If you’re thinking of employing some models to show off your fashion pieces, we’ve got some great tips on how to ensure that they feel more comfortable during the shoot. 

Relax Yourself
If you are nervous or uptight, the model is likely to pick up on this, and mirror your behaviour. Acting relaxed and comfortable around your model is going to make them feel more at ease around you, which is why it is so important. Have confidence when speaking to models – at the end of the day, they’re just another human being doing their job – and they’re more likely to be comfortable as well. A friendly smile and chat can often go a long way when it comes to ensuring that a model is comfortable around you and at ease during the shoot. 

Be Upfront with Information
When working with models it’s important that you don’t leave them clueless. Although experienced models can often be quite good at working out what’s expected of them due to doing it on a regular basis, it’s still important to remember that no matter how experienced the model, they still can’t read your mind. Be clear and concise about what they need to do during the shoot, and communicate requests to them confidently. Don’t be afraid of asking a model to do a particular pose or stand at a certain angle – after all if you don’t ask them, how will they know what to do. 

No Touching
Just because a person is in a modelling career, it does not mean that you can touch their hair to fix it or smooth out their clothing without their permission. If you think that your model needs to move a lock of hair into place or roll up the cuffs of their jeans, for example, it’s far better and much more respectful to simply ask the model to do it themselves. If they need your assistance or request that you do it so that it’s exactly how you like then that’s fine but remember, don’t touch your model without asking first as it will only serve to make them more uncomfortable around you.

Be Prepared
Nothing will kill a model’s confidence more than the set being an unprepared mess, and professional fashion photographers such as those at Fashot know that it’s important to have everything ready to go before they arrive. Being organised and on time will have a significant impact on the model’s first impressions of you, so help to put them at ease by making sure everything runs smoothly. 

Remember – your model is a person too, so treat them how you’d like to be treated yourself.

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