Me too! It’s not easy to be on the other side, maybe that’s a small reason I prefer to be behind the camera. When all eyes and lenses are on you, how is it possible to get an authentic shot?
I have spoken to a lot clients that have told me they are not comfortable in front of the camera and I usually try to understand the reason. Because the reasons are different. In some cases, it’s often location. Like some prefer being photographed without people around, so I change location. For others, they don’t like how they look in photos. Some reasons are quick fixes, others are not.
Whatever level of comfortability you have in front of the camera, there are solutions to getting an image you are pleased with and even want to look at often. How? Well, here are few things that can help you the next time you are in front of the camera.
- Know the reasons. Solve the easy fixes. If environment/location are important, change it. If certain clothing/accessories make you feel uncomfortable, don’t wear it. Chose something else. Get this out of the way, it helps immensely.
- Know what you like and dislike. And tell your photographer. When I speak to clients I try to understand what they like and dislike. Both are relevant. What is it they like about the photos they have seen? What is it they have disliked about their past photos? Believe it or not, lighting, location, and following #1 will make your photos better by 10 fold. These elements are handled BEFORE the photo session, so this will make the actual photo session more relaxed.
- Listen to your photographer. After your photographer has listened to you. They will come to you with suggestions (of course, they are not obligatory, after all it is your photo session) and I recommend you listen to them and take the next step, consider following them. It doesn’t mean the photo will look bad if you don’t follow them, it only means the full potential of how great the photo could look might not be achieved.
- Still anxious? This is so normal, even for someone who has been in a photo shoot before. It’s uneasy knowing eyes are on you. The last part is left up to the photographer. Most photographers will guide you, take breaks and watch for that moment where you begin to relax. Even when we feel anxious, the body takes a breathe (for a moment) and this is the moment I look for. That moment when the person lets go and I see them. It happens, for each, it happens differently. But it will happen.
- And then there is always Photoshop. A little humour to end on. 😉