I get lots of clients that consider themselves “camera shy.” However, just because you cringe at the thought of having your photos taken doesn’t mean you need to accept the fact that you’ll never have any good photos of yourself. There is a way to overcome your camera shyness and feel comfortable enough to produce the high-end look that you deserve, whether it’s just for you, your professional brand, or your loved ones… you’re not left to come up with something that looks great on your own.
Besides my superior pose coaching, here are three tips that everyday people like you can use to thrive in our upcoming photo session.
- Be as comfortable as possible. Take the time to pick out an outfit that not only suites the purpose of the photo session but one that you feel completely comfortable in too. Wear a color that you love and get your hair and makeup done to give you that extra boost of confidence. For portrait sessions, I help with this as I have stylists, makeup artists, and hairdressers available for you.
- Practice really does help. Stand in front of a mirror and strike a few poses, get comfortable with your body and your smile. Once you’re feeling better about how you look, use your smartphone or camera to snap a few shots of yourself to see which angles and poses work best. I’ll be able to help you with this on the day of the portrait session too but it never hurts to be prepared anyway. For my portrait sessions, we will likely have pre-determined poses that are very flattering for your body-type and the clothes you’ll be wearing.
- Remember why you’re doing this. Sometimes focusing on the camera and the photographer is enough to put anyone off, instead rather focus on why you’re doing this shoot in the first place. Are you updating your family albums? Perhaps you’re taking a few great shots for a holiday card? Keep your mind on the result of the shoot instead. Trust me, it will make the photos that much better, because at this level we’re going after micro-expressions.
I do this because I love working with people and telling your stories. Together, we’ll achieve the best quality images and have fun while we’re doing it. I’ve said this before, but portraits are mostly about trusting that the photographer is producing the art with your best interest in mind. Let me show you the possibilities!