Whether you’re at the beginning of your modeling career or have some experience, the best thing you can do is practice. The best models are able to convey their inner beauty and strength through the lens and into great images. But we’re not born knowing how to do this, even a ‘natural’ has plenty of room for growth. Models are able to command their facial expression and body movements to convey a wide range of emotions and concepts, taking the vision of the designer and photographer and bringing it to life. How?

Practicing in front of a mirror.

Give it a try! It may feel strange at first, but it’s better to practice in private than in front of a handful of people with high expectations of you. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1

Stand in front of your mirror, a full-length one would be best.

Step 2

Think of an emotion, and focus on it in your mind.

Step 3

Practice different ways of expressing it in your face, and make sure you focus on conveying the expression through your eyes. Smize – Smiling with your eyes- are a real thing!

Step 4

Now, play with moving that emotion through your body. Body language is louder than words, and its the only way you’ll be able to communicate with through pictures. We communicate with our bodies all day long – unconsciously. The practice now is communicating consciously with your body. Think of anger or intensity, and your brows furrow, your body tightens. Think of happiness and joy and your face feels light and your movements may naturally start to sway. Invoking stronger thought-emotions like love and hate will get your body to react more strongly.

Step 5 

Have fun! This practice should be open and free in order to become more comfortable with your poses. An open attitude will allow for new movements to arise, don’t do what you always do when a camera is on you – explore new ways of moving. The photographer will be able to capture those magical moments when you are embodying an idea and moving freely.

Repeat! Because practice makes perfect, and models are no exception!