Photographers: if you're looking to have a smoother shoot, you might want to try these few tips that really contribute to my photography sessions. Remember, it's how you manage a shoot that really contributes to someone's opinion of you, assuming the photography is already done well.
Here are the three tips, and then, the video will go into greater detail to help you.
Flip It and Forget It
People see a distorted version of themselves, and that's how we all see ourselves. We see ourselves in the mirror, and that's not exactly how society sees us. The mirror flips the image 180 degrees, and it's not a true representation. On many cameras, you can adjust the settings, but the image on the back screen hasn't flipped the way we see it in the mirror. That's why models (new ones) are uncertain about liking an image because they aren't familiar with that person. They see themselves one way, and the world sees them another.
When I see a model hesitant, it's usually a newer talent. I'll take the image and quickly drop it in LR and flip the image. The result is a model that feels calm and confident again. I'll even explain to them why I'm doing it. The final image is up to the photographer. You can flip it one way or another; it's your art.
Lie to Them
When I see someone nervous in front of the camera, I'll take 100% of the blame. I'll tell them repeatedly they're doing great and they look great. The problem is on my side. Then, I'll adjust the camera and pretend I'm playing with the settings. Often, I'm just hitting the ISO button without making any adjustment to the ISO settings. Then, I'll fire off a few shots, look at the camera again, and pretend to make another round of adjustments. I'll then shoot a few more images and keep reminding them that the issue is with the camera, not the model. In fact, these are generally my exact words:
You look great! I'm just trying to figure out one little setting here, but it's on my side, not you. You look great; just keep looking at the camera so I can fix my settings over here.
It's essential they keep looking at you. It works; even with bad acting, it'll work.
Warning: This trick works once, and then, they're on to you! And you want to keep this trick under four minutes. If it drags out, they'll lose all faith in you and start doubting their decision to shoot with you. I tell them each time it was a trick. I've never had one person respond in a negative way; it's just about the delivery.
Be explicit in your direction. Be exact, and paint them a situation they can imagine. Often, I'll hear a photographer say: "Beautiful! Now, give me sexy," and this poor model who is in front of all these people starts to look around, nervous and unsure of what they're doing.
Give them exact scenarios. Everyone is an adult and they want to do a job. Here's an example of being more detailed in your explanation. Also read it in a straight-forward voice, just factual and straight-forward.
Give me a little bit of that Ariana Grande sexy, so not in your face... just very subtle. She does that for a lot of videos and record covers. It's all in the eyes; she looks down and then glances up at you. Give me that and then turn your body away from the camera a little, so you're just being playful and shy at the same time, but still in control.
The model who receives that type of instruction will feel more comfortable. I gave her a pop culture reference, followed by other notes on her body, which facial features to use, etc. You're the photographer. You're the director, so direct the talent!
Ultimately, I want you to humanize your photography. Remember that I can buy your camera. I can rent the same lights you have. I cannot be you, and I cannot direct like you. Take advantage of being unique, and let that part of you shine. Humanize how you run your photoshoots, and that will be a great way to stand out from the rest.