I tend to took at it this way: photography is about capturing a moment. I thrive on the idea of spontaneity. Yes, you could drag along a whole production crew with a middle age house wife to manage the sand-pit and thousands of dollars worth of BS to compliment peoples egos, etc - not for me.
Two of the most important things to remember when working with models: everyone has their own personality, and as a photographer it's not your job to interfere with it, it's your job to capture it. The individual personally of your model should shine.
Beauty comes in many forms. Gain peoples trust. Do your best by doing nothing in particular. Give your subject room to personally express themselves, that which defines them, their individuality and personality. You have to be open, while making provisions for individuality in context. Then, your job is then only in capturing it. I take my job seriously, I'm professional at it, but, really this only means I'm comfortable to let the moment present its self, and thus, strive for the best quality I can under the conditions, with the tools available.
Today's model Tina is from Bangkok: I choose to shoot in Black & White as a compliment to her look. This was a natural decision, taken by evaluating the model and surrounding environment. It's not a technical skill, and you can't download an iPhone application to help you, it's called talent. Furthermore, a deeper and personal understanding of your subject helps - and not to be confused with team work. I prefer to call it, taking the time to give a shit... enjoy.
Work by Ben Hodson
Title: Bangkok Urban-Gothic
Description: Graffiti and Urbex in and around Pattaya-Bangkok
Equipment: Nikon Coolpix L120. Lens is: NIKKOR A 21x Zoom
Concept to Completion: Finished (One Day Shoot)
PHAELEH FT Soundmouse "AFTERGLOW" AKIRA KITESHI REMIX - CHEMICAL RECORDS 27th SEPT 2010 by Greenslade/Radio Plugger