If You Don’t Feel Confident At A Photoshoot Please Raise Your Hand
It isn’t easy to feel confident at a photoshoot. That innate confidence you have as a child tends to fade as the years pass by.
I was at a school photography session this morning – the kids were all rocking it grinning for the camera, posing like little pros. The teachers – not so much.
Most were trying to hide behind the bigger kids on the back row. The teacher made to sit front and centre by the photographer (not me today) looked stressed and kept saying that she was ‘breathing in to hide her belly’. And it got me thinking…
I am the least confident person in front of the camera – it’s the main reason why I’m always pressing the shutter button. But there are some key things you can do to raise your confidence game and turn out a great picture – I promise.
Five Top Tips To help You Feel Confident At A Photoshoot
Practice Makes Perfect
OK so this might sound odd but cast your mind back to being a teenager – all that prancing around in front of the mirror with your hairbrush in hand (please tell me I wasn’t the only one). You were checking yourself out in that mirror and imagining how you would pose when you hit international mega-stardom….am I right? Well now those days may well have passed you by but it really helps to be comfortable with seeing yourself in the mirror before seeing yourself on a slide show of photographs. Find your best angle, turn into and out of the light and see what difference it makes (and if you feel better with Bananarama banging out a few tunes then all power to you!
A good photographer will help you to pose properly and ‘find the best light’ but it will help you to go with the flow if you have a good feel for it yourself.
Show Up As The Best Version Of You
A photoshoot is not the time to wear a mini-skirt for the first time in 20 years or to totally change your hair colour. Wear something you love or buy yourself a pretty new top in your favourite colour and pop on your favourite shoes. I would always recommend turning up in something comfortable and either ‘comfy shoes’ or killer heels and pair of flats. Most photographers will take you to a few carefully chosen favourite spots and you can easily clock up a few miles.
Put Your Face On If It Helps You Feel Confident
I feel a bit icky saying this as not everyone likes wearing make up and if you are confident without it then that’s amazing. Personally I prefer to turn up with a subtle foundation, pretty eyes and to grab that lipstick. If like me you are someone who regularly puts her eyeshadow on with your fingers and can’t do mascara without making a funny face then it wouldn’t be out of the question to consider getting a pro to do your make up for you. I have MUAs I work with on the regular but if you are strapped for cash then most beauty counters will happily doll you up for the price of a new mascara and that’s a win-win situation if you ask me.
Find A Photographer That Makes You Laugh
I don’t mean some crazy dude that waggles a stuffed animal in your face and shouts cheese every five minutes. I’m talking about someone you have a connection with. I offer all my clients a free 15 minute discovery call to get a feel for the kind of shoot that they are looking for and you can quickly tell if you are likely to gel. If you don’t click then you will probably get professional photos but they won’t be so relaxed and natural.
Be Clear About The Kind Of Images You Want
Spend time on Pinterest, on Instagram, clipping pictures out of magazines. Find examples of the kind of vibe you are going for in advance of your shoot and share the with your photographer. This ensures that you are both on the same page and means that you can get on with the job of taking photos right away. If you have any specific shots that you absolutely NEED then don’t wait until you get the proofs and find yourself disappointed. The more information you share with your photographer the better.
One Bonus Tip
I always spend around ten minutes with each client happily snapping away as we start talking and promise to delete all of those images (unless there is the ‘money shot’ in that collection) – by this time the client has relaxed at the idea of having a lens pointed in their direction and the rest of the shoot flows happily. It might be worth getting your photographer to do the same!
But most of all own it! No photographer worth their salt is going to go out of their way to make you look awful.
If you think these tips might help you feel confident at a photoshoot I’d love to know. How do you feel about having your photo taken?