How To Take A Great Picture Without Asking Her To Strip
December 23, 2016|Alejandro Arroyo Cano
Most people see their bodies as a sanctum: a holy place that only few are allowed to enter. For the sake of art, photography tends to ask its models to take their clothes off. While nobody denies the results are beautiful, is it possible for the face to be the focus of the image? Could a deep gaze be as sensuous as a nude?
Every woman has a particular magic that comes alive in front of a lens. If we put five women in a row, all wearing the same outfit, hairstyle, and makeup, each of their personalities would create a different kind of image because the human aspects that can never be repeated are heart, mind, and spirit.
Break the ice
There is an invisible link between the photographer and the model. For this small moment in time their lives synchronize. It’s normal for either party to get nervous and make the session a little awkward.
That’s why it’s important to break the ice first in order to create a bond of trust. The best way to do so is by talking. Ask questions, allow them to explain what makes them feel comfortable, be polite, and soon enough you’ll notice how the ambience becomes relaxed.
Go for comfort
When someone is nervous they tend to hide them in their pockets or behind their body. By providing an object the model will be able to free her stress, and it won’t be long before a natural smile comes out.
Check for posture
Make her forget about the camera
Get a smile out of her
Every photographer strives to get a portrait with a genuine natural smile. If you and your model are able to connect, she’ll feel safe and, sure enough, you’ll be able to capture a great smile. If you can be funny, use that to get a laugh or a giggle that will also look great on camera.
After reading these suggestions you may have realized that it’s all about trust. All women are beautiful, and it’s not hard to find an angle that favors them. What matters is that they’re relaxed enough to show their best side. There’s no denying that the bare body is a work of art, but there are other ways of capturing the female essence.
Translated by María Suárez