If you're tired of scouring Google images and Pinterest for model posing ideas, read this article for three tips on how to do so.
I was super nervous when my first solo model shoot came around. I'm used to photographing only couples and weddings and had never worked with a real model before. I was pretty anxious before the shoot and kept referring to YouTube, Google Images, and Pinterest for posing ideas. I thought that directing a solo model was going to be so much more difficult than two people, because you can have the two people play off of each other, whereas with one model, that is not possible. What I actually found was that directing one model was much easier than directing clients who might not be the most comfortable in front of the lens. Here are three tips and poses that worked really well for me, and hopefully, they'll work well for you too!
1. Dirty the Frame
This is a classic technique used in almost all types of photography. But when shooting a solo model, it can really be to your advantage. Dirtying the frame adds unique foreground interest and can create a new element in the image that carries a viewer's eye toward the main subject (the model). For this photograph, I shot through a nearby bush to dirty my frame and told the model to look directly into the lens to make the viewing experience more intimate. I also directed her to get on eye level with me so I wasn't shooting up or down on her, which would've given the image a much different mood.
2. Use Water
Like dirtying the frame, utilizing water can add more interest to your portraits. Water can create beautiful reflections that you can use to your advantage as the photographer. For this image, I had the model get in the water up to her chest to keep the focus on her face. I also directed her to cross one arm and put one hand on the brim of her hat. I think the reflection from the water made this photograph stronger and added useful negative space with nice color around the model.
3. Put an Arm on a Shoulder
This is a simple but effective trick when shooting solo models. I had this model put her right arm on her left shoulder to add to the composition. Her arm creates a diagonal line that draws the viewer's eye toward the model's face. If she kept both arms at her side, I believe there would be less interesting elements in the photograph.
Shooting a model, especially one that is experienced, can actually be much easier than shooting multiple people or a couple. By using external elements or the model's body, you can add interest to your images. What do you think of these tips? Are there any others that you've used in your own photoshoots? If so, leave ideas for others in the comments below!