In order to complete this project you have to mess with the shutter speed, ISO, and the F-stop. To make this photo look good other her choosing her pose, you have to mess with the lighting, what your background is and be able manipulate the place you are putting the camera. With the light right below, above or pointed from the top corner to give her a side lighted face. Having no lighting would definitely not work because then she would blend in with the background and would not be visible.
My favorite picture that my friend Liza took and edited is the picture below because of the highlights that the filter added.