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Read about modeling photo shoots, posing tips, and photo tips for all models.
How to make sure you are ready and prepared for your modeling photo shoot. Find local photographers in your area.

Photographs are the most important tool in a model’s career.  Whether you are a freelance model or signed up with an agency, you need to employ an experienced photographer.   Remember that the people in the modeling industry - photographers, graphic designers, casting directors, fashion editors, and fashion designers – are all very visually oriented.   You need to have a variety of high-quality images, and your portfolio needs to be constantly updated.  Since this can get pretty costly, you might want to search for photographers willing to do prints for time, “TFP.”

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Follow the tips below to help make your modeling shoot a success.

  1. Be on time.  Punctuality is always important at every photo shoot.
  2. Safety Tip: If you are not taking anyone with you to the photo shoot, let someone know where you are.
  3. Bring several outfits to showcase your many fashion styles.
  4. Take your own make-up to the photo shoot, even if there will be a make-up artist.
  5. It doesn’t hurt to get references from the photographer’s other clients.
  6. Never feel pressured to do anything that you do not feel comfortable with at a photo shoot.
  7. There should always be a signed release at every photo shoot.  This should specify where and how your images might be used.
  8. Make sure you are well-rested, especially if a lot of travel is involved. You need to look and feel rested and fresh.
  9. Always present yourself in a very professional manner whether it be your first or 100th photo shoot.  Photographers are often well-connected in the modeling industry and reputation is important.
  10. Keep your modeling portfolio updated with the latest fashion and clothing trends.   One image isn’t going to make you modeling career.  
  11. Communicate with the photographer as much as possible.  He/she should know all your expectations, suggestions, and ideas.
  12. After the photo shoot, get input on which photos are best. Not just from the photographer, but also from friends, family, your agent, and any other industry professional.

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Most beautiful photographs don’t come naturally even with the most beautiful models. A photographer can give you some photo tips and guide you through a variety of model poses throughout the photo shoot. But whether you aspire to appear in print magazines or do high fashion shows, these modeling poses and photo tips will help you achieve more perfect photographs.

  1. Breathe
    Do not hold your breath for a modeling pose; always remember to breathe and appear at ease.
  2. Posture
    Keep your back straight and your shoulders up. Slouching affects the mood of the photograph and enlarges the appearances of your stomach. Flex your stomach muscles. This will make your abdomen appear more toned despite your weight or state of shape.
  3. Limbs
    When posing, make sure to differentiate your arms and legs with asymmetrical poses. If you have one arm long and straight by your side, make sure the other arm is bent. The bend will make the modeling pose look more real, less artificial. Continue the asymmetry to your legs. If one leg is locked straight, give the other leg a casual bend.
  4. Camera
    Do not always look directly into the camera. To enhance the quality of your photo shoot, look away from the camera with a mix of head and eye poses. Your head and neck can remain stationary  and your eyes can do all the work. Look off to the right or left side.  Tilt your neck. Try different facial expressions.
  5. Sitting Poses
    Don’t slack off during sitting poses. If you are sitting down or reclining, put your weight on the back of one thigh, rather than distributing your weight equally on both thighs. This pose will result in a slimming effect!
  6. Cleavage
    While leaning forward bring your arms together at your waist, keep your arms straight at the elbows and clasp your hands together below your waist, or simply cross your arms.  When leaning backward, raise your arms about your shoulders and head, keep your arms apart. Both poses will help maximize your cleavage.
  7. Smile
    To add variety to your modeling poses, try switching up your smile with a cute frown, a bratty bout, a friendly laugh, or even an edgy scowl. Your facial expressions can make or break your modeling poses.

Make sure the photo shoot includes different fashion styles.  Remember your modeling portfolio and comp card need to show a diverse set of photographs and poses. These same fashion styles are also needed for modeling jobs, so knowing them will help you figure out what type of modeling you might fit into.

If you are interested in perfecting all the techniques, and learning more about different fashions, you can go to a modeling school. You will get additional training on posing, photo tips, walking down the runway, and a lot more.
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