I am looking to take some indoor photos of a slightly reluctant but generally willing model. I am planning the shoot so that I know what I am trying to achieve before I start to try and reduce irritation brought on by taking too long...
Can anyone recommend any tips to help me as I generally shoot architecture and landscapes!
First off: I would investigate and play around with the lighting that's required. Do this ahead of time, so as not to be faffing around with it while the model is there. Prolonging the activity (unless the model starts to have fun with it) because of loads of tinkering will raise the stress levels in a reluctant or self-concious model.
You can use a ball/melon/anything roundish as a test head while you tinker.
BTW my only equipment is a D40, flashgun and tripod....
If you don't want to spend much more on equipment prior to this shoot, I'd get some large pieces of white board that you can use as a fill in and reflector. You can tape one to the wall and fire the strobe at it, and the other you can prop up on the other side of the model (on a high backed chair ?). This will soften the light considerably (harsh shadows are not generally flattering). Alternatively, you can use a North facing window (or south facing on an overcast day) as the primary or fill in light.
Do you plan to take full length or portrait? Full length will require more in the way of a background.
The over all aim is to help someone feel better about themselves...
Have a look online about flattering poses (from slightly above to prevent double chins, etc.)
I'm sure J. Ryan will be along with more authoritative help.