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!