3: Communicate Constantly
As the subject, I needed feedback. It was really useful to be told what was working and, in a nice way, what wasn’t. Posing tips gave me confidence in what I could offer as the subject. These tips could be something as simple as relaxing your jaw, turning your head or shifting your feet. I couldn’t see myself so hearing these things guided me and made me more confident and willing to try more interesting poses. It also made me feel like I was being captured in a more flattering way.
Many models I’ve worked with have told me that they have appreciated my guidance during their shoot, the most awkward shoots they've been part of are where the photographer offers no feedback. They were met with silence and had to resort to hoping they were doing the right thing. So it’s worth remembering that our lack of communication, even though we think things are working well, can cause your subject to doubt themselves and become timid. Take every opportunity to say positive things, laugh with them and be engaged with what your subjects are doing.