We all know what a hard task posing for a photo might be. Some of us can even write a couple of books in Stephen King’s style to describe all the horrors of finding themselves in front of the camera. We also know that in order to look good on photos you need to have at least a minimal knowledge about posing tips. I have surfed internet for couple of hours to gather a few random pieces of advice from different photographers on how to act and pose in different situations.

1. To get a good result from the model I try to get some real emotions from her. I frequently do personal photo shoots and every time I face the same trouble: models feel shy and have no clue how to work on camera. And I have to spend first 30-45 minutes making a model feel relaxed and calm in front of the lens.
For example, when I ask her to show me cheeky look and make a smirk, she begins to feel even more nervous because she does not understand how to do it properly.

Ipersonally loathe the name “TFP”. First of all, because it is way too outdated (well, time for PRINT,really?), secondly, it got used so often by so many low quality photographers that now it is more like a swear word: “your photos look just like it was a TFP shoot”.

In one way or another, almost every photographer had to face with the fun concept of TFP shoots, and what’s more funny – to deal with this concept.

I am not a super cool photographer to which beautiful models with marble skin run in batches. Moreover, even modeling agencies do not always agree to provide me their fresh faces for free shoots for my portfolio. This is understandable, there are photographers that make much better photos than I do and I have something to strive for. I am aware of that an I understand that.

But even though professional models are not yet ready to sell their souls and dignity to get my photos, from time to time (in fact quiet often) I get messages from most ordinary people suggesting themselves as a model for TFP photo shoot.

I remember how excited I was at the very beginning (I believe that I am still somewhere at the beginning) of my way when even the most ordinary looking person wrote me a message suggesting himself as a model for s free photo shoot. To be quiet honest, my photos were horrible at that time. And like each foolish beginner I agreed with uncovered happiness for almost every suggestion. Yes, I was a slutographer. I took every opportunity to learn, create and get knowledge.

But you can not escape working for free because you have to build your first portfolio somehow. If you are a photographer that only starts, I advise you to be very careful with choosing models even for TFP photo shoots. Because most of them will be really annoying. It have not passed me without leaving any trace and in most cases it will not pass you just like that. And even now I remember some really stupid,annoying things that each typical TPF model said. Here are some types of messages I used to receive and I still receive now from time to time:

– Your camera makes me fat. In reality I am on 10 kilograms slimmer.

– I need all 500 photos from the shoot, when will you give them to me? Can you send them tomorrow? I do need them ASAP!

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Portrait is the best known and commonly used type of photo shoots. It should be in every portfolio of both aspiring and professional models. On portrait photo, face and shoulders of the model are the main parts.

Most people think that portrait is the most basic type of photography, and, therefore special skills are not required for nice results. If you think so, you are seriously mistaking.

In order to achieve an interesting, and most importantly professional image, you need to remember and use important skills and right pose during a photo shoot.

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Do not think that it is easier to pose sitting than standing.
In this pose it is more complicated to get an interesting fascinating photo. But if you follow these simple tips, you will easily refresh your portfolio with some sitting photos.

The first thing you should keep in mind – your back. It should make a straight line, even if you are asked to lean forward slightly. Imagine that you have a string attached to your spine and it pules you up like a puppet. Yes, in some poses it is not necessary, but most of them will look much better if you have a straight back. If your photographer want to get a relaxed male-like pose, he will tell you.