I came across the great article from a model Jen Brooks stating certain things for photographers to consider when working with models. I have edited it a bit for instagram. I have picked up these tips up over the years

1. Models enjoy playful banter, it creates a rapport.

2. Don’t laugh at your model and make her feel self conscious.

3. Tell and show her what you like to shoot.

4. Talk to her during the shoot, models like to hear positive feedback on how they are doing to get the best out of her. If I don’t like a pose I tend not to say anything, she moves onto the next pose anyway so there’s no point breaking the flow and making her feel like she might be doing something wrong.

5. If she’s a professional she likes direction but also she likes to do her own thing. Creating images is a collaborative process between Model and Photographer

6. Don’t break her flow, when things are getting in full swing, go with the flow.

7. Put some music on to suit the mood and avoid those awkward silences. Some models like music and it creates a rhythm in their movements. No Barry White music guys c’mon.

8. Don’t be a perv, I’ll say it again, don’t be a perv. I know we photogs are visual creatures and all but I can’t imagine someone perving over me, my wife will deal with them seriously.

9. Show her poses so she can mirror them.

10. Let her know when she will get the images from the shoot.

A portrait of the amazing Jo Elias from Lenis. Makeup by Halima Bepo (who I miss and yes these images going to be used) and Hair by the awesome Denise Grace Coleman. #love #art #portrait #photography #model #girl #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday # bestoftheday #instagram #instagramhub #instahub #igdaily #instamood # instadaily #igers #eyes #fineart #tbt

The photographs I create are an extension of me, there are an introspective look at how I view myself and world around me. These qualify my style, the aesthetic, colour palette, subject matter. Once we truly start creating from the inside with as less BS as possible, a visual style truly starts to emerge.
Some studio portraiture with beautiful Donja, makeup by the amazing Alex Chalk. Can’t wait to share these images when I’m done. Shot at the famous Adrian Pini studio.
#love #portrait #photography #ethereal #style #art #model #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #fairytale #style #fineart #photogram #girl

Happy Monday, the weekend is never long enough. Holly in the secret garden from Girl in the green dress. #love #photography #style #art #model #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #cloud #instagram #instagood #red #fairytale #style #fineart #portrait #photogram #girl #ethereal

Be a creative force. Technicians aren’t worth as much as visionaries. I’m not the most technically gifted of photographers, my selling point are my ideas and my creative mind. I still don’t know what all the buttons on my camera do. I know enough to get by and manipulate light. We could all benefit from you being a creative force, and creating something awesome. If you ever watched the Face UK with Naomi Campbell you would have come across fierce Raquel. I got to photograph her few weeks back for a few minutes, she’s one of those models that inspire me to shoot or as they say, gives me life. Mua @neonvelvet And Hair @deborahlola_ #photography #art #fashion #model #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #girl #portrait #london #instagram #theface #fierce #eyes

A behind the scenes photo with amazing @gracegraymakeupartist photo credit on my iPhone by @senrabj and retouching by me on #snapseed. It is a privilege to use my direction and talent to create images for someone else’s brand. Never take what you do for granted, believe in what you create, be proud and share it with everyone. Check out more behind the scenes from the shoot on my blog. An awesome team that I was privileged to work with; styling @minnaattala , Mua @elbiemuahair , Hair @louiferry #love #photography #model #style #art #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #iphone #portrait #london #instagram #bts #makeup #girl

Shooting today with an awesome team. @louiferry @minnaattala @elbiemuahair @gracegraymua @jking2011 #love #instagramhub #instahub #photography #hungergames #art #

As a photographer I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people. I get to meet and photograph some respected and talented individuals. On Sunday I got to meet Funmi Iyanda, an award winning broadcaster and journalist. We shot her for the next cover of Blanck magazine. After the shoot I got to drop her off and bumped into her friend none other than talented singer songwriter Asa. Off course I had to take a picture with her, love her music. Also got to meet Bisi Alimi, an amazing activist and public speaker. The other person in the picture is my trouble making editor Franka. Relationships are key in your world as an artist. They can open or shut doors and so it’s important to have a great attitude and be easy to work with. Nobody likes a diva. #love #photography #music #style #art #asiko #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #instagram #instagood #asa #portrait #london #instagram

If you are like me, you will like creating visual narratives which is basically a sequence of images that tell a story. Some artists use just one image to tell the story, it all depends on style really.
I create the images based on an emotion(s). It’s about mood and feelings, so I build from a storyboard from the emotion.
A storyboard details the sequence of image of the narrative and provides me with a guide especially for the shooting day as I can sometimes forget my ideas. It hardly goes according to plan though, which is great as it leaves room for experimentation and new ideas. Here’s an image from a narrative I did with Magrete. You can check out the entire piece on my blog which is linked on my profile. So does your style involve visual narratives and do you use one image or several? #love #photography #ethereal #style #art #model #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #cloud #instagram #instagood #red #fairytale #style #fineart #portrait #photogram #girl #dancer

@ajanistry shooting Raquel from the Face for @blanckdigital fashion editorial. I’m shooting Funmi Iyanda for our next cover. Auntie @bellaadeleke is styling and madam @neonvelvet is doing makeup. #love #art #photography #me #style #portrait #asiko #fashion #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #tbt #photographer #creative (at Battersea Park)

Taking rejection. It’s ok to stumble and it’s ok to fall, just make sure you get back up and keep pushing. It hurts when you get a rejection email but don’t cry about it, sometimes ur work is not what they are looking for. I have heard people say what I produce is not very good and that’s really ok. There are 6 billion people on the planet, some people are bound not to like it.
Doors will close but don’t be disheartened as new and bigger doors will open. Believe in your work and I’ll say it again believe in your work cos if don’t no one else will. Grow everyday and aspire to be greater.
The falling tree was created in holiday in Greece for a project I am working on called the Lonely dreams. I have been lazy with this project and I wish I had more time to devote to it. Devote the time to ur personal projects for it is in them that you grow as a creator.
I want a muse, somebody find me one already #love #art #photography #ethereal #style #tree #asiko #instaart #photooftheday #potd #picoftheday #bestoftheday #instagramhub #instahub #instadaily #igdaily #igers #instamood #photographer #creative #cloud #instagram #instagood #greece #fairytale #style #fineart #portrait #photogram #sky