As a model your most important skill is posing!
Posing is not only about putting your body in a certain shape and form. It really is about acting. With the movement of your body and facial expressions you have to express emotions, situations and all your feelings have to transpire across the photograph. There’s a big difference between showing your emotions only and getting a reaction from your audience. Your audience is the people who will be looking at that photograph in a magazine or a catalog. The best way to put it is the difference between your eyes saying “I love you” or “I want you to love me”. This is what great acting coaches teach their students in the very beginning. Getting an emotional reaction out of the audience is the difficult part.
It is very important that you establish a connection with the photographer during the photoshoots. It is also important that you put yourself entirely into a given situation and establish where you are. If you’re shooting in a studio with a paper background and flash lights and wearing a bikini then you want to imagine yourself on the beach; you have to feel the breeze on your skin, the sand between your toes, you have to feel the sun and you have to hear the murmur of the ocean. Add to this the situation you’re in. You may be just chilling on the beach, you may be looking at someone you really like or you’re just being a diva and don’t care about anything. Or you may be shooting in a wedding dress. The happiness and excitement and the glow that comes with that situation has to be written all over you.