5 tips on how to feel more confident during your portrait session

As photographers, we so often hear clients comment on how awkward and uncomfortable they feel in front of the camera – even our very own founder, Peter Foster hates being on the other side of the camera.

So don’t fret, it’s not just you.

This is why we’ve come up with some handy tips on how to start feeling more confident and really flourish when you’re put front and center!

1.       Get to know your photographer

If you’re comfortable around the person taking your photos, the chances of your confidence increasing in front of the camera is very high. You won’t be shy or feel awkward if they instruct you to pose a certain way. We make this super easy at Geelong Portrait Studio as we thrive on getting to know our clients on a personal level before we shoot. We want everyone to feel like they can be themselves in our studio and that will result in exceptional images. We pride ourselves on being very welcoming and endeavor to create a friendly and fun environment when we’re shooting.

2.       Wear comfortable clothes

There is absolutely nothing worse than getting your photo taken in uncomfortable clothes or feeling self-conscious in your outfit. We advise that you wear something that is not only flattering, but makes you feel as beautiful as you are.

3.       Create a fun playlist

We looooove listening to music and having a dance in our portrait sessions. So, feel free to curate one of your own - with songs you love and enjoy listening to, and we will put those tracks on and have a little dance party! Music can bring out all sorts of confidence in people and it will also help us to capture some beautiful candid moments.

4.       Forget about the camera

Now this might sound a bit silly considering there will be a camera right in front of you, but it is very easy to let ourselves get distracted and start thinking ‘oh, am I posing right? Does he think I’m horrible at this? I bet these photos are shocking.’ But I promise, those thoughts are not going through our photographer’s heads. This is what we are here to do, to guide you through your shyness and make sure your photoshoot is an enjoyable experience.

5.       Pamper yourself beforehand

Now, this doesn’t have to be anything extreme, it could be something as simple as getting a massage or your nails done up nice and pretty for the photoshoot. If you do something for you, that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, this can help your confidence radiate through the lens and onto the final product.

Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! A photoshoot shouldn’t be something you dread, but a day you are excited about and will be a really happy memory for yours to come!

Handy tips and tricks on what to wear to your portrait session

So you’ve booked in a photography session and you’re not quite sure how to style yourself or your family, well no worries – we’ve got you covered! 

These are a couple of handy tips and tricks that should help you and your family avoid a matchy matchy, wishy washy situation for your portrait session: 

  • For starters, it’s best to choose a theme or colour palette. Deciding the basic tone of the clothing (whether that be warm or cool toned) will make it easier to find outfits for all involved. 
  • Another major tip we have is to wear clothing that you are most comfortable in, if you’re dressed to the nines and it’s not your usual style, this will come across in photos. Being comfortable and feeling beautiful in your own skin is what we want to portray through our images and comfortable clothing is often key to getting that perfect snap.
  • Clothing that does not attract attention away from the primary subjects should be the ultimate goal; we want you to be the defining feature of the finished product, not a bold print or logo on a clothing piece. 

For the ladies 

  • Solid colours look best 
  • Dark colours (especially jeans) are quite slimming 
  • Structured dresses are incredibly flattering 
  • Don’t over accessorise – one statement piece is more than enough 
  • Most importantly, choose an outfit that you feel beautiful in! 

The kiddos 

  •  Kids in bright colours look exceptional so if you have a bold colour within your chosen palette, let you child show it off! 
  • Once you’ve organised your outfit, pull clothes out from your children’s closet so that it is easier to coordinate from your outfit rather than the other way around. 
  • Make sure they are also comfortable in what they are wearing.


  • Dad is a lot easier to get ready as his outfit can be quite simple and use two or three colours from your palette. 
  • Always remember to pack a belt!
  • Make sure his shoes aren’t too bulky as this will come through in photographs. 

So there you have it, a few helpful tips and tricks to take into consideration when planning your photoshoot outfit!
As always, the team are more than happy to help you with a theme and colour palette for you shoot to ensure you get the best quality shoot you deserve.

How to prepare for your studio session

Happy Friday everyone! 

So, you’ve booked in a studio session with us and you’re wondering what the hell you need to do to prepare for the shoot but also want to make sure you get the most out of your session.

In this post we’ll give you some handy tips and tricks to ensure you have the ultimate day out at Geelong Portrait Studio.


* Get your kids excited about the shoot – that way they’re looking forward to the day from the get-go. They will be much easier to get ready and, in the car, because it’s something they’re looking forward to, this will also help them to feel more comfortable on shoot day and ensure you get the most candid moments!

* Involve everyone in the planning – this means choosing outfits together, a theme for your shoot and if you want any props on the day. Being such a special moment, it is essential that everyone is on board with what you want on the day for the best outcome possible!

* PLAN AHEAD – while we are more than happy to plan a shoot for you, ensuring the end images you receive are exactly the way you envisioned them can rely heavily on how you want your shoot designed. If you have a crystal-clear idea of how you want your session set up, we will make sure that vision comes to life. If you’re not too sure about what you want, we will work together to build a package that promises you will have your ultimate day out.


* TRUST US – ensuring that you have full trust in our process and skills will 100% guarantee the quality of product you receive at the end will be nothing short of beautiful.

* HAVE FUN - Be aware that what we’re capturing is more than just posed moments - we’re looking to capture personalities and relationships. Of course you can smile directly at the camera, but we also want to see laughter, the tickles, the silly faces you make at one another; these moments are what we thrive on and we will get the most candid images we can so that you can remember those moments forever.

* What to wear? – essentially whatever you want! What you feel most comfortable in, not dressed to the nines if that’s not your usual level of comfort; because this will come across in images. Of course, we encourage themes as well, if your little one wants to come dressed as superhero, then why the hell can’t they!? It will make for some adorable photos (and some even better 21st photos).

We are fun, laid-back and completely professional here at Geelong Portrait Studio, we will make sure that you receive exactly what you paid for and every client will leave with precious memories of those they hold near and dear.

We hope this post covers any hesitations or questions you may have had about preparing for a session with us and we can’t wait to make some precious memories together! 

- The Geelong Portrait Studio Crew

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