I just completed my first multi-country workshop tour through Asia visiting Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and The Philippines. During the classes I covered how to get into fashion photography including everything from lighting setups to casting models and directing photo shoots. The participants had opportunities to shoot and work directly with fashion models using multiple amounts of lighting setups. I am going to start answering some of your questions I am often asked regarding fashion photography, please e-mail me at Emily.R.Soto@gmail.com to possibly see your question answered! :)
How do I pose a model?
When working with a new model the first thing I do is talk to the model about their experience and how comfortable they are in front of the camera. If the model is brand new I prepare myself for giving more direction than I may have to with a more experienced model. I most often use the mirroring system, posing a certain way and asking the model to create a mirror image. I give general direction as well such as "look to the horizon" or "turn around and look back over your shoulder." This general direction may be enough to get the shots you are looking for. If the model needs more direction I will bring along a storyboard or posing references I have saved online. Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate exactly what you are looking for to a model so having a few visible references can help greatly. I generally ask the model to move slightly into a new pose after one or two shots. Capturing models in between poses can create fantastic shots as well. Some models are wonderful at movement and may need very little direction. It is important to communicate with your model the expectations you have for her as well as know the shots you are planning to capture before each shoot. Below are a couple examples of models showing great movement in front of the camera.