Modeling and what qualities, physical and non, make a great model is like so many other things, somewhat subjective. So, while it would be overly simplistic and even somewhat disingenuous to assume there is some sort of exact formula for what creates the ideal subject for a model photographer, it is not so when it comes to a given artist or photographer’s preferred qualities in his or her models. That being the case, I have my own particular opinion. And while I don’t think there is any right or wrong here, I do think that whatever works for you can lend itself to amazing art. So, keeping that in mind, here are what I personally consider the three key component for any model.
Willingness to learn and put in the effort
The majority of models don’t start out driving into poses and holding their bodies in flattering positions for a photographer. In fact, the majority clearly need some instruction. When a new model, or even a seasoned one to some degree, is willing to learn about his or her craft and willing to be professional in their approach to everything from punctuality to commitment to personal upkeep and hygiene, it goes a long distance in a modeling career.
No matter how hot a girl or guy may be, if they show up to shoots with a bad attitude or have a boring or unpleasant disposition, this can be a major problem. Not only will it make them hard to work with but it will show up in the shots as well.
Contrary to popular opinion sometimes, nobody wants a cookie-cutter model. When a person has just some sort of “it” quality to who they are it really makes a huge impact on how they model. This could be something physical, something about their attitude or even a personal style or look of some kind. there is not really any specific element here as that this is what makes it unique.
Notice here that “looks” are not in the top 3. Sure, attractiveness is important for models but I would put it fourth as that the other features listed create a type of visual appeal in anyone who is even moderately pretty or handsome.