Okay, I will give you a couple amazing tricks. I am perfectly serious. They work.
1. Have some good music on hand: Think of the mood of your shoot and have some artists and albums in mind. Make a “musical mood board”. Models are very effected by music, even if they don’t know it themselves. Models are actors who don’t have voices, and if you influence them properly, they will embody a character and take on the role that you want. It’s quite magical.
2. Make an awesome mood board: I’m a visual learner, and it helps me if I can see what a photographer is trying to convey. It shouldn’t just be an editorial that you are trying to copy; but a collage of pictures, colors, movie stills, photos that inspire you. They help a model to understand what you want.
3. Have a Clif bar or some sort of vegan snack in your camera bag: I am not even fucking kidding. Have a Diet Coke or a sugar-free Redbull and a bottle of water. SHIT GETS REAL. Almost every model you will work with in your professional life will either be vegetarian, vegan or have some sort of bizarre dietary restriction that you could not possibly fathom. But they will be pissy when they get hungry/tired and if you ask them if they are okay they will cooly say “I’m fine.” and you will get shitty pictures. I DON’T KNOW WHY. But that’s the reality.
I hope this helps. Bless.
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