Figure photography is most commonly referred to as one where a photographer takes a full body shot of a person, man or woman to use for commercial use. The more common of the two is of course female figure photography. Commercialism calls for the female form to be an enticing addition to promotional projects or in some cases, become the products themselves.
In this type of photography, the model is the co-creator. So respect is a must. It is imperative that the photographer chooses one who is comfortable in doing a project of this scale. Because of lascivious photographers, most women, even men are initially reluctant to become a part of this kind of projects.
But because there would be no photographs if there is no model, there are of course ways to find the right model for the job.
First things first, not all fashion models are good models for this kind of photography. Most fashion models are too thin thus making them look less fluid in the photographs. Some of this kind of pictures are nude photographs so ample curves are necessary to register really rewarding shots. In this trade anorexia does not sell. And even before the work starts, the photographer should set up a meeting with the possible model to talk about shaving, hair styles, tattoos, make-up, nail polish and other possible requirements that she needs to prepare.
Then there is attitude. As much as possible it is good to have a model that has done this kind of work. It is easy to find them through art workshop connections. But if a model is new to this kind of work, she or he tends to be a nervous so the photographer should be prepared. Professionalism is important in creating an atmosphere where the model can be comfortable to pose in the often difficult positions that the photographer might require. Remember, lewd marks are of course more prone to irritate the model.
Enthusiasm in the collaboration is also necessary. The model who understands what a photographer wants out of the work would be able to internalize the message and thus give more meaningful posses.
The photographer needs to remember that the model should not be overworked on the onset of the shoot. Especially if the posses done are relatively taxing, the photographer should allow the model to rest, if there is only one or allow for alternates so that the model always look refreshed and thus stunning. Remember, fatigue and agitation shows.
After the shoot, the photographer best settle the accounts and pay the model. Simply because it would make the model feel that her work has been rewarded well. It is possible that the model can be a reference when the work is published or sold. Nevertheless, the model should be of legal age, especially if the pictures are quite revealing and must have signed a release form stating that the pictures are the sole property of the photographer and that he can sell or publish it.
Figure photography is a very competitive industry but with the right pictures with the right model, a photographer can get places.
David Cross is a Photographer and Photography enthusiast who runs the site Hobby Photography .
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