Creative ideas for model photoshoots

Explore different kinds of model photoshoots and get some creative photoshoot ideas to make your next modelling session a success.

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” — Edward Steichen

As a photographer, you’re responsible for coming up with photoshoot ideas for modelling sessions. During the photoshoot, your model will look to you for guidance and direction, so make sure you already have ideas and poses planned.

Decide on the type of modelling session

The most common categories of modelling are fashion, commercial, corporate, fitness and glamour. Your photoshoot will be determined by the kind of project you’re working on.

Corporate photoshoots, for example, use a more formal and professional approach, while glamorous or high fashion photoshoots leave room for more creativity and experimentation.

Preparing the photoshoot

Once you've decided on the kind of modelling session, you can start thinking about poses and themes. Think about the props you’ll need, the location of the shooting and whether you’ll need your own light or if you’ll be using natural light.

Creating an inspiration board can also be useful. You can share it with your models and assistants ahead of time to get everyone on the same page. In any modelling session, having a few ideas in mind will help keep the process moving smoothly.

Ideas for model photoshoots

These techniques and ideas will help you think of creative ways to shoot your next project:

Develop visually stunning photos

Once your photoshoot has finalised, head to your photo editing desk (or your mobile) to complete the look. Play with presets, colour and light to perfect your photos in creative photo editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop.