My approach to working with inexperienced models is pretty straight-forward; have fun, keep the dialog going, and let the model know she can express herself. I mean, in the end, that’s what it’s all about. If someone can let go in front of the camera and commit to the session, things will work out.
Why Work with Inexperienced Models?
Ok, working with real professionals with plenty of experience has its advantages. Models who know their way around a photoshoot can deliver the standard poses and expressions on demand. And if that’s what you’re looking for, then you shouldn’t have a problem. But, there are some great advantages to working with people who don’t have a lot of experience in front of the camera. It might take a little extra work and rapport-building to get things flowing, but it can really be worth the effort.
People who are interested in posing for reasons beyond earning an hourly fee might bring more enthusiasm and excitement to your shoot. It’s amazing working with someone who’s in it for the experience of creating some beautiful pictures with a good photographer. If they’re naturally confident, your job will be a whole lot easier!
Where To Find A Model
It’s not hard to find people interested in posing for pictures. Depending on the types of photos you’re wanting to make, you can recruit family, friends, or relative strangers. Creative types like actors and musicians, as well as other artists, are often open to creative shoots in exchange for images. This type of trade is common and is a win-win for everyone involved. Your model can trade posing time and a signed model release for copies of a few photos and your permission to use them. Use is generally limited to portfolios and social media for both parties. A fair exchange can be negotiated for other uses like commercial promotion and advertising.
Take the opportunity to work with non-models on a regular basis. This can help you build your portfolio and maybe even discover a hidden gem that you’ll want to work with for future projects.