Getting Comfortable In front of the Camera
I'm no pro at having my photo taken. I mean, my photo-shoots are full of closed eyes and never knowing what to do with my arms. But, this is something I have come full circle on. I was someone who truly didn't like to be photographed. In my mind, I had put myself in the category of un-photogenic and decided that I didn't want anyone who hasn't seen me in real life to see me in photographs (which sounds beyond crazy to me now.) Today, I've transitioned from my comfort zone behind the camera to run a personal style blog where I am constantly in front of it. And guess what! I even enjoy my photo-ops now.
Here are my tips for getting comfortable in front of the camera. And, I guarantee you will be happier with the photographs because of it.
1 Focus on the big picture (literally). What is now a cheesy cliché started off as a real photography principle. Take comfort in the fact that however you believe you look is just one detail of a much bigger picture, made up of colour, light, lines, focus—just to name a few. You are the only person who is going to compare the size of your eyes, and judge if your arm looks weird.
2 Love your photographer. My sister and my boyfriend take almost all my outfit shots. My sister is pretty photography-talented but my boyfriend hadn't so much as held an SLR (possibly even a point-and-shoot...) before he started helping me with my blog. Yet, we get a lot of compliments on the shots he's taken of me—which I attribute to our ease of shooting together. I don't feel judged, pressure, or put on the spot. Instead I'm enjoying spending that time together and that's what comes across in the photos.
3 Don't pose; live. Have a conversation with your photographer (since you're already close friends, right!?), laugh, twirl, walk, fix your hair, drink your coffee... Whatever you would be doing naturally without the camera there. My favourite shots are always the candids.
4 Lean into the camera. When we are self-conscious, we tend to shy away from the camera, and move into ourselves and into the background. Making the effort to move out of the background and towards the camera can make you feel instantly more confident (that fake-it-until-you-make-it principle), and will lead to more flattering and interesting pictures.
5 Treat every shot like no one will ever see it. Release yourself from the pressure of wanting to post this photo on your blog, instagram it, make it a profile picture, etc. In other words, just have fun with it.
Now go shoot! And let me know how it goes. You are beautiful & you are your hardest critic.
Is this something you struggle with? Or are you already a pro at being photographed? Let me know your tips!