5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

We know that the fashion and photography industry have created a patter of hiring and searching always for tall models, which is good for the high fashion runways, but the truth is that if we’re working in a photoshoot the height of the girl it’s not the most important issue, because is the photographer who should know how to work with short models.

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

So, today we’re going to teach you some tips when you’re working with short models and how you should guide them through the whole session. Believe me that after this you will know how to deal with every type of model! No limits indeed!

1. The Camera Position

This is the most important thing; if you’re working with a short model or a client you should never put the camera higher than the waist (if you’re shooting the whole body). The best option is to take the picture lower than the hips and always guiding the camera through their faces. This will make the model looks higher with a long body.

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

2. High Heels or Wood Block

Every short model should be wear heels the whole time in the photoshoot, this will help her to be larger in her poses and if it’s a guy you should use a wood block. Also, the block will be good if there’s different models height in the set, so you can create a similar one.

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

3. The Poses

This is one of the most important things, if the model doesn’t know which poses makes her/his body looks longer; it’s the photographer the one who should guide her. First, you should never curve yourself if it’s a full body shoot (it exits cases of cases) but, you should show poses that help the model to look higher and longer; stretching up your whole body like the arms, waist, neck and legs.

Also, a short model should be always closer to the camera if it’s a duo photoshoot (with other model that’s higher) and if you want to give an original twist to the shoot you can create a little bit of movement in the poses; like telling to the models to do some hops, jumping, walking to the sides, moving the hair and creating some dynamic poses so you can’t difference the height between them.

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

4. The Expressions

Most of the time short models do more commercial photoshoots than the high-fashion ones; but this requires a lot of expressions in their faces. This is really important for a short model that will do more portraits than full body pictures, so it means that she/he needs to impact with their eyes and face expressions. You need to remember this to the model when you’re starting the photoshoot and also let her/him know that a long neck, look and a good chin position will make whole different.

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

5. The Clothes

The clothes it’s very important because if it’s too big it will make the model looks younger and if it’s too short it could be not very glamour and clean, so the clothes need to be in her size, more skin we see better it will be the photo; when I mean more skin it has to be in a classy way, not trashy (be careful with this). The color of the clothes is very important, try to avoid print or if you’re going to use print in the wardrobe at least one of the other pieces have to be in a plain color, if you want the perfect match use a very high pony tail (this will make the model looks higher) and you’ll make it through!

5 Things Every Photographer Should Know When Working With Short Models

Here you have 5 tips when working with short models, remember that there’s no limits only people without the right knowledge. You can try other things to have better photos with short models, these are only a few and the basics to start with!

So, the next time you’ll work with a short model don’t forget to guide her through the whole photoshoot, also you can try lot of pictures and postures to see what’s better, such as; when the model is laid back completely into the grown and you’ll be on top taking the picture, believe me that this set is pretty good for short models! See you in the next post!

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