Okay, here are my very amateur tips!
Lighting: Flash is a no-no! At least not the flash right on your camera. That flash will make all your pictures look washed out and flat. Not to mention red-eye. Not sexy! Unless you have slave flashes or can position your flash to bounce the light onto you indirectly, disable your flash. That said, you will need another light source that is strong enough so your photos don’t come out blurry.
You must use warm, soft, indirect lighting. Cold white light will make you look sickly. Warm light will give you that glow. So avoid harsh, overhead lighting. I’ve taken pics for Fiance with nothing more than a desklamp draped with sheer fabric to diffuse it a bit. I didn’t aim the light straight at me, just had it close enough to gently illuminate. The pictures came out great!
Background: Make sure whatever setting you use, there’s nothing distracting in the background. A stray tube sock is not sexy. A lamp growing out of your head is also not sexy.
Posing: I practiced my pose in front of a mirror first. I feel so silly telling you this, but I did. I actually positioned a mirror next to the camera, so that what I saw in the mirror would be close to what the camera would see. It was one of those mirrors meant to go on the back of a door, for dorm rooms or whatever. It cost $9 at Walmart. Well worth it.
Examine your body from every angle. Notice which angles and poses are the most flattering. Pop that booty! No slouching! Pay attention to what your hands and feet are doing. It’s easy to focus too much on your body and face only to find out later that you have claw fingers or that your feet look weird. Pointed feet tend to look prettier. There’s a reason why dancers do it. I also like to do a few situps, pushups, and squats before I start. It temporarily tones up those muscles a bit!
Makeup and hair: Use heavier eye makeup than you would for everyday purposes, trust me it will look “normal” on camera. Make your hair nice. Think soft and flowing, romantic. Put on lotion. Lotion with a bit of shine or glimmer is great for this. It will diffuse the light that is reflecting off your skin and highlight your curves while making your skin look flawless. Make sure the room is warm, goosebumps are not attractive and you will be more comfortable.
Wardrobe: What wardrobe? Just kidding. You can’t go wrong with cute lingerie, one of his button down shirts, or just a jersey for his favorite team.
The mood: Put on some fun, sexy music, light some candles, whatever you like! It helps you feel less awkward.
Practice: Take some casual practice shots to get used to using the self-timer, position the camera how you want it, and to get the lighting adjusted just right. You don’t want to pose your heart out for a whole bunch of shots and then realize that you’ve cut off your head in every photo.
TAKE A TON OF SHOTS!!! You’re going to have to take a LOT of pictures to get a few that you really like. Even pros photographing models need to take zillions of shots, so don’t give up!. Don’t be disappointed if you’ve done twenty and none of them are good. Keep shooting!
Learn how to do some light retouching: Picasa by Google is terrific for this, it’s a free download and it’s super simple to use. There’s no reason why that zit on your butt needs to be recorded for all time! It takes just one second to erase it!
That’s it for now! I’ll add more if I think of it!