Relative to my experience of working behind the camera, I have near-zero experience of standing in front of it, as the intended subject at least. But I usually take the opportunity to inquire the amazing people I work with what this experience means to them - particularly if they have just done this for the first time.
I have worked (and enjoy working) with non-professional or amateur models -- people who don't do this regularly or don't intend to "become a model", but stood in front of the Memora camera "just for fun". Besides the wonderful photographs you can keep and cherish for a lifetime, these are the top reasons why they think you should try modeling just for fun:
1. You discover a new side of yourself
If I had a dollar for every time I heard people say "Is that me?!", I'd be, well, someone with a lot of dollars exchanging them for Swedish Kronor. Jokes apart, this is the most common reaction I get. The photographer can find interesting angles, or create drama or set up an emotive theme -- but the truth remains that it's you, your expression and your presence in the picture -- ALL YOU. No amount of 'candid' selfies (apparently, that's a THING now) will give you the feeling you get after looking at your amazing pictures after a great photoshoot. When your friends look at those pictures and say, "Is that YOU??!" -- well, you want to feel that uplifting high! You not only surprise yourself but those who have known you forever.
2. You feel beautiful
Of course you're beautiful, and all the people who love and care for you make you feel that all the time. They express it with their words and love, and you express it to yourself with your beautiful smile. The beauty one person sees in you is totally different from what someone else sees -- even different from what you see in yourself. Everyone can tell you how beautiful you are, but do you know who can SHOW you how beautiful they find you? You guessed right! YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER :) A photographer is capable of translating his interpretation of your grace and glamour into a photograph that the whole world can see. Trust me, I have seen enough reactions to know -- it's a wonderful feeling.
3. Pro photoshoots are not selfies
Okay, you know this already. And it's so obvious. So why am I mentioning this? Imagine that you have pictures from twenty different angles - up, down, left, right, corners, close, far, through something, behind something, in front of something, with something, at places etc. And then there are themes, actions, wardrobe, elements. So many different light and shadow. The possibilities are endless. You'll discover so many new angles that work well with you :) Maybe you can try to recreate them later.
4. You can feel transformed as soon as the shoot ends
A lot of times my models told me that they feel a lot more enriched and confident after the shoot and after seeing the pictures, because A) They just discovered new ways of posing and presenting themselves, B) Trying to embody a character or strike a pose in front of a complete stranger breaks your shyness or hesitation (remember the first time you performed a song or a dance in front of friends or an audience? ... it's a beautiful thrill like that) C) It makes you more comfortable with your body and more confident towards the world. D) You learn to a little more with professional models because you get a taste of how it works - this makes you appreciate their work more. E) You get to tell everyone "I did modeling once" ;)
5. It may open a career option you never considered
Several people who did their first time modeling with me have received calls from agencies or fashion companies for modeling jobs. They told me how professionally taken photos brought them attention from model seekers. It's also true that most of them would never consider to do this professionally, but after a session with Memora they realized they have more confidence in themselves and some experience to back it up!
6. A creative contact is a gem
Okay, I said five, but this one's a bonus. And I'm really not trying to advertise myself here. The truth is, when you get to know a creative individual - be it a writer, singer, photographer, filmmaker - whatever that person is - it can act as an inspiration from time to time. Passionately creative people look at the world differently. Just talking with them or meeting them can change the way you look at the world. Besides, maybe you have a creativity you never invested in -- a creative person in your contact is a constant reminder that you can use your true potential too. They can encourage you to snap out of a monotonous cycle and make your life more exciting. And you know how I said, "Model for fun"? When you know a photographer personally, you have many chances of enjoying this process from time to time. If you don't believe me, ask any of the recurring faces of Memora Photography, and they'll tell you how much they love it!