Thought I might do a brief overview of what I speak about at the workshops with regards to directing.
1; To slow right down within yourself and carefully and passionately sculpt the model’s face and body.
2; Make sure the model’s eyes are in line with her face direction. I suggest to get the model to become aware to where their nose is positioned and direct their eyes in this direction. This gives the shot much more authenticity in my opinion. Often models are not aware of the position of their eyes unless they are looking straight to camera.
3; Become really connected to the model so you can sense their mind/energy/emotion. This is also relevant to point 2. Often a model’s eyes will be in one direction but their thoughts are split and coming back to the camera position. For shot integrity it is important that the models thoughts or brain are directed in the direction they are looking. I liken it to when one person introduces you to a third person. When you are greeting this person your attention should be 100% towards the third person rather than to the person who introduced you. So when the photograher asks a model to look in a certain direction their energy should be there not back to the camera.
4; Look at a person’s body and face and connect to their best angles. Then fine tune their aesthetics by directing them to the last mm until you feel they look as good as possible.
5; Capture the model in the present moment. I feel it is best to do this by continually communicating /directing them and having the shutter button ready. Then as soon as you have them in the right position and mood click straight away. This way the model is not waiting for a camera click and will have a better chance of looking authentic.
6; Make sure the model looks real in the scene. For example if she is in the gym make it look like she really is in the gym. Also try to position body, face and eyes in positions that are believeable.
Have tried to write some key points down to help photographers to create authentic and inspiring photos.