are exceptions to this general guide but it serves as
a starting point for your thought process.
hint is to begin collecting magazines of various types
-- fashion, glamour, catalogs, on the internet, etc
-- and review them for the kind of photos that intrigue
you. The ones that catch your eye, that you can
visualize yourself in. You'll want to clip those
out and collect them together so at some point, they
start to form a style, a signature of how you see yourself
This is an excellent
guide for you and for us when we meet for your consultation.
In this collection of photos you will discover a
great reference for posing, expression, and wardrobe.
How one stands, and the intensity and direction
of their gaze projects a powerful image when done right.
Practice posing each image in front of a mirror.
Practice emoting with your face and body language.
prepared and practiced model demonstrably achieves much
better results than just showing up at the studio.
A word about the
We don't mean
having the "right look", but how you use your
eyes in a photoshoot. Compelling faces that catch
your eye as a photograph often have a penetrating look
in their eyes. Eyes that are not looking at the
camera, but at you as you look at the image.
is a subtle and powerful skill and can mark the difference
between an image that is technically fine and an image
that has that special quality that gets one noticed.
This is an especially
important skill to master. Practice the ability
to look "through" the camera, at the imaginary
person who will be looking at your final images. Pretend
they are actually there. Imagine that you
are communicating with your eyes, whether it be power,
affection, anger, excitement, etc.
As well, note
that many fashion shots are "look aways" --
a gaze away from the camera. Practice these as
well, learning to ignore the camera and appear focused
on another object or person. Use appropriate props
and bring them with you to the photoshoot. Handbags,
jewelry, fashion accessories, etc can be incorporated
into the images to give you something to "play
To capture enthusiasm
and personality, engage the photographer light heartedly.
Relax and enjoy yourself and the images will display
spontaneity and appeal.
Finally, for your
photoshoot bring bottled water and a light snack. A
photoshoot can last several hours so prepare to stay
hydrated and nourished without overfilling.
We look forward
to working with you. Please call for more information.