Model photo shoot recommendations.
Not sure which heading to place this, but here goes..

I have been asked by a friend to take photos of their 16 year old daughter. She is in a final of a beauty contest and has also had a successful screen test for a movie (after already playing a small part in Atonement), so is getting to grips with modelling..

They want mainly black and white location shots. I was either thinking about an old derelict abbey I know of or maybe the beach or country side..

I am quite happy taking photos, so dont have any worries there, and will be using a Canon 400D, Sigma 18-200 zoom, Canon 100-400 zoom and Canon 60mm, along with a reflector and an additional (to on camera) flash etc. I will be photographing in RAW and colour of course..

Anyway, my question is, is that I havent done any glamour shots for about 8 years, and even then they were a little better than mediocre. I am wanting to know of any good sites or recommendations as to what sort of poses I can get her to do, for example, hand postions, head positions, stances etc. I can think of a few, but dont want to dry up after 2 or 3..

She will be fully clothed and they WILL BE decent shots. I have the opertunity of these photos being viewed by very important people and want to make a good impression, as you never know where it may lead..

Any help, will be great, thanks....


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Even though it for a friend, don't forget that for legal reasons, the parents should always be present at the shoot. Lighting is key to a good model shoot.Will..

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Why will most of the shots be B&W?.

Most porfolios don't have B&W. Maybe one special shot at the most...

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Sorry, if these are for the pagent then maybe B&W is a requirement...

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Ed B wrote:.

Why will most of the shots be B&W?.

Most porfolios don't have B&W. Maybe one special shot at the most..

Errr, because THAT is what they asked for..

I will be taking them in colour, and converting them over. But they are the ones paying, and they are the ones that asked for B&W, so that is what they will get (with the option of colour if they change their minds)..

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Personally, it sounds like this has a couple factors that are being accounted for in your priorities:- paying client- potential for future work for you- ability to build a few 'portfolio' shots for you- a great learning experience.

I'd say rent the best glass IMHO. The 85/1.2 L and 35/1.4 L. I don't personally love the 50mm focal length on crop cameras, it's a bit too in-between for my taste, YMMV..

As a person that studied & worked in fashion design, produced 60+ shows, and work now more & more on photography... I'd say make sure to take head shots from varying angles, and full body poses as well..

Any model should also show a variety of looks if possible. This doesn't mean 'schoolgirl' and such. It means, more glamour, more fashion drivien, maybe more playful or casual as well. Try to find a location where she could change outfits w/ privacy. Make sure to cover various angles (side profile, 1/4 view, 3/4 view, etc)..

Most portrait photog's shoot from well above eye level for the most flattering look, so maybe bring a ladder or at least a step stool. Take some low angle shots to for more artistic. Play around. Make sure she gets comfy. Talk to her, to allow her to relax and be less self-conscious in front of the lens. And keep shooting..

For poses, too hard to describe, and your taste may vary. Look online, do your research. Whatever, from to Vogue. Look at pro fashion shooters like Peter Lindberg or whomever you like. Yes, lighting is key. Doesn't need to be even fill.

Cross-processing look has become very popular again in fashion photog, maybe try it on a couple shots and see if you like it..

If you're using a strobe, try to take it off camera (I sometimes use a very cheap old tripod or desktop tripod as a flash stand). Do as much testing as you can before your shoot. Down light, uplight, thru an umbrella (if possible), angles, positions, postures, etc. Whatever you can with whomever you can..

Have fun, enjoy..

Cheers.Davidmy flickr: website:

I chose to use one strobe to go for a vintage 'flash paper' look here:.

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This is w/ a b&w conversion I really like by Daniel Diaz & Matt Greer:.

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