It’s interesting but not surprising to me that almost every client that I photograph says ‘I’m not photogenic’ I have also heard “I don’t know how to pose’ ‘I hate photographs of myself” and my favourite ‘I feel silly having my photo taken!’ I always reassure that my clients are just like everyone else which they are, I hear it so often but everyone seems to think its something “They” are doing wrong. Believe me you are not alone.
We live in a world under the spotlight, everyone has a camera or at least a phone with a camera, then there’s Facebook, Instagram & Twitter along with the ability to share instantly and im sure many of you have recoiled in horror by seeing an image you Hate out there for the world to see. Hello double chin and dark circles!?!…urgh!
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I think the fear of being photographed is instilled in us because of all the times we have been photographed looking far from our best. But the truth is we all want that perfect picture of ourselves, whether it be for our social media, business profile or just to make us feel good, if we look good its surprising how that reflects in our mood. You know that feeling when you have a good hair day?
The job of a portrait photographer is to get the best out of the person in front of the camera, beyond the technical aspects the greatest images are the ones with great connection in the eyes. It does not matter how beautiful the pose or hair and make up looks, the power is in the eyes! A professional will always be looking to relax his or her subject to get a true expression.
So how does this help you relax in front of the camera? To be truthful a camera pointing at you will always feel alien and naturally you may stiffen up, this is normal. Here are 3 key points to looking relaxed in the finished images.
#1 Preperation: I speak with all of my clients before a session, that way we get to know each other and we can discuss how things will unfold and how to prepare, we also arrange a wardrobe consultation which will give you great guidenace on clothing and accessories. This will ease nerves and arriving pre prepared will help you feel so much more relaxed. The studio is a friendly home from home set up, with tea, coffee, biscuits and friendly chat you will soon forget your nerves.
#2 Interaction: When people think about a photoshoot there is a inner belief that there will be an uncomfortable silence, ridiculous posing and cheesy grins all round… this is not true in a professional situation. We will establish a connection before the day of your photoshoot, I understand fears and concerns so I encourage my clients to take advantage of our connections leading up to the session. As a professional, I will take the awkwardness out of the situation by talking you through the process, planning the flow and coaching you down to your fingertips.
#3 Bring a Friend or Loved One: My makeover photoshoots are for one or two ladies, I love to connect on a 1 to 1 basis with all of my clients during the photoshoot but it is a great idea to share a shoot with a friend, mother, sister or daughter, make it a girls day out and take advantage of your makeover by hitting the town for drinks or maybe a meal after the shoot?
Here are two best friends enjoying a makeover photoshoot.
My number 1 priority is to capture the most beautiful images you have ever seen of yourself. And of course that you enjoy the day.
I use natural light which is a lot less intimidating to the standard studio lights, it is also very flattering and my clients love the look. There is a perception of how photography studios appear with the huge lights everywhere you look and the hustle & bustle of other clients and staff which can be intimidating for some, this is what makes our private home from home studio completely different.
Come and see for yourself sometime!