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How To Make Your Model Comfortable During A Photoshoot

Published by WPC Official Account on Oct'12,2021

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How To Make Your Model Comfortable During A Photoshoot

WPC Official Account
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There has been a consistent debate regarding the emotional exploitation of models, especially females, for the sake of photography. It's not always about the clothing the model is asked to wear, rather it's the way she is treated during the shoot. But it's always expected that even the most hardcore professional photographer would have a human face. So, as a photographer, you should know how to deal with your female model with dignity, as well as professionalism. This article will help you to blend these two qualities and be a better photographer in all aspects. 

How To Make Your Model Comfortable During A Photoshoot

Show respect

 

  

First of all, give your model the respect she deserves. Her comfort is of topmost priority, both from an ethical as well as a professional point of view. You cannot produce the perfect work that you want if your model is uncomfortable with the pose, dress, or other things. Her hesitation would reflect on her eyes, smile, or stiff posture. So, if you find your model hesitating, stop the shooting immediately. The thing that can make a model most uncomfortable is getting touched by the photographer. You should always ask for permission before touching her for necessary reasons. If possible, ask her to do what is required on her own. For example, if there is something wrong with her dress, do not step forward to fix it, until she can do it herself. 

Communicate properly 



 

Communicate with your model with respect, and honesty. Don't be too harsh on your model if she fails to convey what you want to portray. If you lose your cool, she will get nervous, and the shoot will end up in a wreck. In such cases, be direct to make your model understand her mistakes, but at the same time, be polite enough to make her follow your instructions without getting frightened. Everyone loves appreciation, isn't it? Confidence leads to spontaneity, and you need to ignite that confidence through your compliments. When you compliment your model on the right occasion, it boosts her confidence and makes the rest of the process much easier. Even a simple thumbs-up can be a game-changer. So, make a habit of appreciating your model's performance during the shoot.

Indulge in small talk

 

 

 

 

Make the model comfortable with small talks before the shoot. First, ask her general questions which are not too personal, and then discuss your vision on the photoshoot. Many photographers make mistakes here. They think only briefing the task to the model is enough to get it done perfectly. No, it's not. To bring your vision to reality, you need to explain that to its bearer. The model can add life to the photo only when she understands the whole concept. It will also build a rapport between both of you. 

Above all, provide your model with enough privacy. Assure her that she can trust you and your team fully. And also, make the whole process of shooting enjoyable. The more relaxed everyone feels, the better the quality of the work gets. Have that teamwork spirit, and half of your task is already done! Make your model a part of your team, and see the magic happen. 

 

Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.


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There has been a consistent debate regarding the emotional exploitation of models, especially females, for the sake of photography. It's not always about the clothing the model is asked to wear, rather it's the way she is treated during the shoot. But it's always expected that even the most hardcore professional photographer would have a human face. So, as a photographer, you should know how to deal with your female model with dignity, as well as professionalism. This article will help you to blend these two qualities and be a better photographer in all aspects. 

How To Make Your Model Comfortable During A Photoshoot

Show respect

 

  

First of all, give your model the respect she deserves. Her comfort is of topmost priority, both from an ethical as well as a professional point of view. You cannot produce the perfect work that you want if your model is uncomfortable with the pose, dress, or other things. Her hesitation would reflect on her eyes, smile, or stiff posture. So, if you find your model hesitating, stop the shooting immediately. The thing that can make a model most uncomfortable is getting touched by the photographer. You should always ask for permission before touching her for necessary reasons. If possible, ask her to do what is required on her own. For example, if there is something wrong with her dress, do not step forward to fix it, until she can do it herself. 

Communicate properly 



 

Communicate with your model with respect, and honesty. Don't be too harsh on your model if she fails to convey what you want to portray. If you lose your cool, she will get nervous, and the shoot will end up in a wreck. In such cases, be direct to make your model understand her mistakes, but at the same time, be polite enough to make her follow your instructions without getting frightened. Everyone loves appreciation, isn't it? Confidence leads to spontaneity, and you need to ignite that confidence through your compliments. When you compliment your model on the right occasion, it boosts her confidence and makes the rest of the process much easier. Even a simple thumbs-up can be a game-changer. So, make a habit of appreciating your model's performance during the shoot.

Indulge in small talk

 

 

 

 

Make the model comfortable with small talks before the shoot. First, ask her general questions which are not too personal, and then discuss your vision on the photoshoot. Many photographers make mistakes here. They think only briefing the task to the model is enough to get it done perfectly. No, it's not. To bring your vision to reality, you need to explain that to its bearer. The model can add life to the photo only when she understands the whole concept. It will also build a rapport between both of you. 

Above all, provide your model with enough privacy. Assure her that she can trust you and your team fully. And also, make the whole process of shooting enjoyable. The more relaxed everyone feels, the better the quality of the work gets. Have that teamwork spirit, and half of your task is already done! Make your model a part of your team, and see the magic happen. 

 

Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.