If you are using professional models, then they may have an idea about how to pose and may be comfortable in front of the camera. However, if you are using amateur models, you may need to provide examples or drawings about how you want them to pose.
Make sure the shooting location is warm and private. If you are shooting outdoors, a nudist beach or a secluded garden are good places to shoot. Naked people need a warm environment.
Think about the background. Too much clutter will ruin a good shot. Plan the shoot with the background in mind because unnecessary tension will be created if the background is not coherent with the shoot.
Always give men something to do with their hands.
Small talk is great for helping to relax models. Keep it light and positive.
Plan ahead, don’t just dive into the shoot.
Give the model a place to change/undress.
Highlight the muscles – use lighting to emphasise muscles. Allow the muscles to cast shadows on each other.
You can go very dramatic by making a silhouette of the model – use only backlight for this.
Think about the poses – ask the model to twist flex hips and shoulders to emphasise muscle tone.
Overtly pornographic images are very offputting. Nude and natural is much better, even if there is a sexual element.
Show confidence, but don’t ask the model to give a cheesy smile.
Provide a model release form.
Keep it simple – complex shoots usually result in disastrous photos.
Don’t keep the model moving. Set the scene and move around the model where possible.
Sit down with the model and some examples of poses to work out what the model will be comfortable with.
Involve the model in the shoot. Let the model make suggestions.
Add a limited number of props that fit in with the theme.
Think about the theme. It can be based on the interests of the model and maybe the model will want to bring some props along.
Use a longer lens if possible. This can create space between you and the model and longer focal lengths tend to compress the scene, which is then quite flattering for portraits.
Use light effectively – remember that photography means “drawing with light”.
Catchlights connect the viewer with the model.
Don’t get carried away with constantly changing ISO, aperture or shutter speed settings. Set just a few parameters for settings and stick with that.