Getting human subjects to feel comfortable and to emote in front of the camera is always a challenge. We deal with a variety of personalties which can prove hard to manage when you have all the other things such as lighting, camera settings, and composition to think about. Lindsay Adler has put together a list of 5 crucial steps to help get your subject relaxed from her years of experience.
Building comfort with your subject is a critical first step in any photoshoot. More experienced models might be able to build that comfort from within themselves and won't require the photographers input, but when dealing with subjects who are not professional models, creating that atmosphere of comfort will have to come from the photographer. It is something that I have seen many photographers struggle with at my studio and this video from Lindsay Adler really breaks down the basics into a nice 5 point list that can be easily memorized and applied. If you simply practice what she preaches here you will be well on your way to breaking the ice no matter what the situation.
Do any of you have some tips and tricks you have personally found to help your subjects relax?