as for pose..try to make the model as relax and as natural in their poses...well, this would affect anyone who views the pic..even superhero and i can feel that the gal is very uncomfortable in that pose...
Thanks for the comments. This was my first studio shoot and it was only 2 months after I decided to take up photography seriously as a hobby.
I personally feel that the flash is too powerful and there is no fill-in light from the right. That's because there is only one flash from the left. Thus the shadows look harsh. I prefer a softer touch.... hehehe
The models are student volunteers for the event held by my school's photographic society.
No offence and I hate to be a wet blanket but the picture is very poorly taken. Studio photography is a fairly advanced area which requires careful planning especially with the lighting. In your case, the lighting is in a complete, haphazard mess and shows a total lack of knowledge on the part of the novice photographer. The final effect, as you can see, make the subjects very scary-looking and unflattering.
Since you're still a beginner, I'd advice you to start learning the basics of photography first before embarking on a serious study of studio photography. It's not as simply as you think or it looks.
Take a look at some of the fahion mag's studio shots, you can see many are out of focus (intentianally or unintentionally I duuno), cropped too much, bad lighting, bad poses. Personally I dislike them.
The lighting set here was actually set initially for male protrait (side lighting to bring out the lines of the face.....) during the introductory course. However, over time, students moved around with the lighting and forgot to use the reflector provided which result in the kind of shot mervlam got....