Use the sunlight to your advantage
When shooting outdoors try to use the sunlight to your advantage. Pick a spot where the model has even light cast on them. The purpose of this is to get the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights evenly. Getting this right off camera saves you time when editing in post.
Use your surroundings
Use your surroundings to your advantage. Here you can see our model holding a flower. I asked our model to look at the flower while highlighting her expression towards the flower (hint her smile!). I also asked her to rest her back towards the brick wall, this is making her arm bend bringing the flower upwards as she slightly looks down at the flower. This creates a sense of motion.
Highlight a feature
Always highlight a feature that makes them relevant. In this case our model has a great smile, so I highlight that on her photos. This makes our model relevant to being herself and making the shots memorable in every way.
Be daring and unique
Be daring and unique, even though you might think “This shot has been done before” still do it! Remember you’re there to make your model happy and not your audience on the gram! Try something that your model hasn’t tried before, this will cause a reaction making your photos daring and unique in its own way. And btw she literary said “OMG I’M GONNA DIE!” but at the end she loved the shot! :p
Ask your model for ideas.
Ask your model for ideas. This is a fun way to see what your model is thinking. This can determine the location and type of session you’re going to have. I always ask the model for a photo reference as well as what outfit they might want to bring to the session to determine what location we should use.
Keep a dialogue!!!
This is crucial, build a relationship with your model before, during and after your session. You want to keep it 100! We are all human and we all need interaction. So before the session, get to know a little about your model and vice versa, this will determine how your session is going to turn out. And at the time of your session you’ll know you’re going to kill it, why? Simply because you two have gotten to know each other and it won’t be awkward. Things will run smoothly and you both will have fun. Making the experience unique, fun and memorable. After you deliver their gallery keep the dialogue, become friends if it leads to that. This is a plus!
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3 – PHOTO EDITING IN LIGHTROOM
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