Are you a little camera shy? You’re not alone. I still get really nervous in front the camera myself, but I’m learning about what truly matters when it comes to your photos and that’s what I want to share with you today.
You see, I have quite a few photo sessions coming up this Summer and a lot of people who hate getting their photo taken. I SO know this feeling. It’s easy to be behind the camera, but very difficult to get in front of it.
First of all, let’s talk about the real root of the fear behind getting our photo taken.
We’re worried about what others will think of us.
Yes, I know, it’s not fun to admit...but it’s also true and sometimes the truth hurts.
We are so desperately concerned with how others will see us, that we lose sight of, well, us!
Branding photography to me is all about the person. It’s about the brand. It’s about the feeling that’s evoked and showing off the beautiful person, people, products or space in front of my lens. I’m not worried how others will see my photographs, I’m only worried about capturing the subject in the most authentic, real and intentional way that I can.
So, I took that knowledge and applied it to myself for when I have to get my photo taken. I wouldn’t be a very good branding/photography mentor or coach to you if I didn’t do it myself now would I?
It’s not easy being in front of the camera, but when I realized and told myself that it wasn’t about what others thought, it was about being myself. Everything changed.
When I take photos of myself, guess what? It’s for promotion. So that means I'm putting my photo out there specifically to be judged. I want you to know who I am and what I’m all about. And if you don’t like me? If you judge my photo negatively? Well, then we’re not meant to work together.
The truer I stay to myself in photos, and not worry about the outcome, the more you will feel like you know me. And it's at this moment that you you get to decide whether or not you’d like to work with me, because you’re getting a true sense of who I am. If you don’t like who I am, you certainly won’t enjoy working with me. So really, it’s a win win. And, if that’s the worst that could happen, what are we so afraid of?
Before I jump into my tangible tips for you, I want to share this quote from one of my ultimate favorites:
Before you take photos, get right with yourself and say, Who Cares! Because the truth is, the more real you are in photographs, the more appealing you are in general. You look better, prettier and more handsome when you are naturally you in photo.
This happens to be my specialty. I love capturing the real moments, or the in-betweener shots as I call them. Those moments in between when you are smiling for the camera, and then you crack up and start to turn away. These are like a breath of fresh air to me, you look natural, beautiful/handsome and likeable!
So, I’m sure you can guess that my first tip for taking great photos and getting over your camera shyness is:
1.) Be YOURSELF (can I get an Amen-Sister-Friend!) As scary as this might feel, do it. You will be surprised by the results. And if you work with me, I promise to only include a few outtakes. :) haha!
2.) Wear what you feel good in and what’s normal for you and makes you feel confident. Just no crazy patterns…crazy patterns mess with people’s eyes.
3.) Wear color if possible, but don’t go all matchy-matchy if you're working with a group.
This is Shelle Winkler, and not only is she a wonderful life coach and encourager, but believe it or not, she's camera shy! Not during our session. She let go of her insecurities and went for it! The results are adorable and this is one of my favorite photo sessions to date!
4.) Break the status quo. Just because every other Real Estate Agent or Sales person wears a suit in their photo, doesn't mean YOU have to. People want to know YOU, not what you’re being told to be.
This is Carisa Gottuso, and she's a Real Estate agent in the Portland, OR area. Not only did she break the status quo with her pictures, but she does daily with her branding and business goals. She's not just about the sale, she's about helping people navigate the crazy world of Real Estate by coming alongside and actually showing them the process.
5.) Laugh a lot and choose a location where you can move. Laughter and movement help loosen you up. I love to laugh, so I always get people going, even the most stubborn non-laughers get out a chuckle or two with me - and it’s pure gold.
6.) Bring a friend to help ease your tension. They can talk with you, offer suggestions, get you to laugh, or just offer a little comfort.
7.) Play music in the background if possible. We all feel a little looser and more comfortable when fun music is playing.
8.) Have some props:
or else you’ll end up like this:
You get the gist, comfort is key.
The more comfortable you are in photos, the better you will look, the more confident you will feel and the easier it will be.
Now it’s your turn, let me know your thoughts by commenting below. What’s your favorite tip? And do you have any other tips that have helped you get passed your camera shyness? Share them below.