I have done portfolios, comp cards, and 8X10 glossies for female models but until now I have never done so for a male model. Is there anything I need to know or do differently for the pre-shooting, shooting, or post-shooting of a male model?
With men harsher light and greater ratios are used to enhance the muscles more ( if they don't have any they will look as if they do after ). If shooting B&W try a green filter to darken their skin ( yup thats how it's done ) and don't think of softening the images, harsh side lighting creates texture for that rough and rugged masculine look, if thats what your looking for. As for poses well with men you want the "C" curve, 90 degree angles etc no dainty stuff here. Try looking at your local firemens calendar for ideas, but also look at GQ and other mags that have mens fashions to. I especially like CK ads to get ideas of how to pose men. You will also find it very useful to talk to the model first and see what sports/hobbies interest him a casual candid session can yield alot of good images and makes for good editorial practice.
Now with all that a recent trend has been to pose male models more feminine, lipstick, eye liner, eye shadow and all. It seems a more modern version of rock glam is in so also use it if he's up to it, can make for an interesting shoot! Trying this means your going to throw out everything Ronk and I said and go with a soft girly look, poses and all. Think of the artist ( formerly known as ) but not as poorly done ( did I just say that, oh my! ).
I beg to differ - many head tilts depending on the individuals expression can work out well. A big tip to the right or left with eyes half shut and mouth slightly open along with a wine bottle in view, and you've got a great shot!
Seriously, I personally perfer to shoot men - lots of fun for me (so long as my husband isn't around)!