Like many advanced amateurs, I have a small studio setup where I live. It is fun to photograph would-be models who have never even seen big flash soft boxes nor posed before. Surely, it must be intimidating for a young lady to show up at the residence of someone she has never met. Moreover, she is then expected to appear relaxed and creative in front of the camera - with no experience to draw from.
For me, having my wife Sandra present is a BIG plus.
Not only is Sandy wonderful at making new models feel welcome and relaxed, but she has a good eye for which poses work and which do not, and is adept at coming up with new poses. She also has a keen eye for wardrobe malfunctions, stray hair, and the myriad of other problems that are difficult to discern from the camera's position. Sandy definitely enhances my portrait photography!