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How to Get Over Your Fear of Being Photographed

How to Get Over Your Fear of Being Photographed

It's more common than you might think. A lot of people are uncomfortable or afraid when they're in front of the camera. Here are some tips to help you out when it's photography time!


It’s almost second nature to be self-critical. We nitpick at our hair, our clothes, our figure. The truth is that we’re hardest on ourselves, and others very easily see the beauty in us even when we have a hard time seeing it ourselves. Unfortunately, this often means that we put off taking images until we’ve lost those “last few pounds” or until our teeth are perfectly white, or until, until, until…

The problem with waiting until everything is “perfect” is that, well, you might be waiting for a while to finally get those pictures taken. There’s always an excuse not to if you have that mindset. We might be a little biased, but indefinitely postponing portraits means you’re missing out on meaningful photographs that you and your family will ultimately treasure as the years go by.

To help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera during your next photo shoot — whenever it may be — we’ve got a few pointers below.

We’ve Got the Right Lenses and Light to Make You Feel and Look Amazing

Did you know that selfie cams distort the way your face actually looks? Even non-professional digital cameras can be known for distorting facial proportions or using on-camera flashes that lead to unflattering shadows. As professional photographers, we not only have the best equipment to make you look amazing, but we also know our way around lenses, light, and angles.

We’ll Tell You Exactly What to Do

On that note, we also have vast knowledge regarding how to pose you. So many people come to us before they book a session and say something to the effect of, “I don’t know how to pose! I’m always so awkward! I hate every photo of myself!” Trust us when we say that you won’t have to think about how to pose, what to do with your hands, or how to tilt your head the entire time that you’re at your session. We will walk you through it all, and you’ll look incredible.

Treat Yourself — You Deserve It

They say that a good outfit can elevate your self-esteem, and we’ve seen it enough times to verify that this one’s the truth. Go shopping — with a friend or otherwise — and treat yourself to an outfit that you look and feel amazing in. While you’re at it, schedule a hair appointment and a manicure within a week of your shoot. These tiny tweaks can make a major difference in how confident you feel in front of the camera. And if you're into a fashion photoshoot with us, we have a wardrobe full of gorgeous outfits, gowns, and accessories that you're free to use for your pictures!

You’ll Be So Glad You Took Them Years From Now

We touched on this already, but it’s such a huge point that we feel like it deserves to be repeated. Years from now you will be so glad that you took these images. You’ll look back on the day and think about how much fun you had and get nostalgic about what that period in your life was like. Your family and friends will treasure those images, too. If you still feel like you don’t want your picture taken, do it for future you and those you love.

Have any more questions or concerns about having your picture taken? Give us a call and we'll be happy to help put your mind at ease!


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