Ideas for a Model Photo Shoot

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Ideas for a Model Photo Shoot
Capture models in mid air with only the blue sky behind them for a whimsical look. (boy jumping image by sonya etchison from

Infinite ideas exist when it comes to creating a signature work of art. Use a model to showcase a theme for your next photo shoot. Themes may include props, unusual settings or stunts, depending on your model's capabilities. Use interesting visual effects while shooting to create an original look for your portfolio.

Dance on Water

Cover a surface with an inch or two of water. Shoot a model dancing on top of the water from overhead. You can achieve with the use of a tall ladder. Depending on the surface of your shooting location, you may need polythene plastic to keep the water in place. Hold the plastic in place with sandbags. The model should wear soft-coloured, flowing attire. The reflections in the water offer an amazing effect can be enhanced with the use of photo editing software. The key is to capture an ethereal moment where it looks like your model is dancing on water.


Use a large trampoline in the middle of the afternoon to create energetic action shots of your model. Ask him to dress in sports attire such as a swimsuit, tennis gear or a basketball uniform. Have the model bounce on the trampoline and position your camera so that you capture him against the blue sky. Depending on the sports theme you choose, you can use props to enhance your action images. For example, a model in a basketball uniform might toss up a basketball while he jumps into the air, giving the appearance of jumping into the sky for the ball.

Work of Art

Make your model a part of a large mural by covering her from head to toe in paint. She should put on a white swimming costume before you apply the body paint as it will reflect the paint colours the best. Create the mural behind the model by extending the paint colours, shapes and design onto a large canvas. Take shots using varying lighting styles and angles. Remember to get extreme close-ups inclusive of the model's body parts and the background, as these will provide an interesting visual effect once you edit your photos.

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