Fashion model; Robin Hendriks
Photographer: Bram van Dal
Aperture: F / 2.5
Camera: Canon 5DmkII
The difference between having a passive posture and an active posture is the distance to the camera, supporting with the elbows on a tabletop can help to make the distance to the camera smaller, the few centimeters that someone leans forward a photo more impact.
Furthermore, you can see in this photo that despite the fact that the sun is high, it is not always necessary to see the bright spots in the top of the eyes. As long as the model looks at something that reflects light, being a white car, someone with a white shirt or something else that reflects, I see the bright spots in the eyes.