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.
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.