As a photographer, I often hear clients commenting on how awkward they feel in front of the camera and how much they hate having their photos taken.
Believe it or not, I myself struggle with this same concept, so never fear - it isn’t just you! I know how awkward it can feel when you're standing there, trying to look happy or faking a smile and it feels as though the whole world is staring at you.
I thought I would share with you some helpful tips on how to make you feel more confident in front of that camera so you feel like a movie star next time you need to be staring straight into a camera.
1. Get to Know your Photographer
Like with many other service driven professions, you need to be able to connect with your photographer in order to feel relaxed at your shoot. Spend some time checking out your photographer’s websites and social media accounts so you get a feel for the style and vibe of their work and personality. I love to meet my personal & business branding clients one-on-one for a pre-shoot consultation so we can get through any awkwardness or determine potential personality clashes prior to committing to work together. If you do not ‘click’ with your photographer upon a short meeting, then maybe it is worth considering someone else for the job!
2. Know Your Best Angle
As silly as it may sound, standing in front of a mirror and taking some time to see what angles you prefer on your body is actually not a bad concept! BUT please . . . no selfie poses! (Though this may be a good way to practice your smile). Of course, as a photographer it is my job to help guide you into favourable poses, but it will help you to feel more confident if you have a bit of an idea of how you would like to look!