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First Photoshoot? No Problem!

Here's four ways you can prepare for your first time in front of the camera.


We all know being in front of a camera can be uncomfortable. Something about posing in front of a complete stranger with no mirror around feels......awkward. As a photographer, I am not a fan of getting my picture taken. I've been there! Here are some tips to make you feel confident in front of the camera.


If your photographer doesn’t know how you feel, they can’t help you feel better in their choice of locations, style, and creative ideas. So, be honest with yourself and with them.

TIPS

1. Plan Your Outfit(s) - Pick out your outfits a few days a head of time. Try your outfits on! Look at yourself in the mirror with them on. Snap a few photos of yourself in the outfit to ensure that you love your look. Make sure you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. If a shirt is too tight or your shoes are too small, it'll show in your photos.


2. Get Up Early - Nothing feels worse than rushing to get ready. Give yourself enough time to get ready for your shoot so you are not running out the house, feel unprepared, or stressed when you arrive to your shoot.


3. Ask for Suggestion - If you are having trouble figuring out what colors to wear ask your photographer! I suggest outfits ideas and complimentary color schemes all the time.


4. Honesty - Be honest with yourself about how you feel. You should not pretend to be super confident and comfortable in front of the camera if you’re not. Pushing down feelings of discomfort, rather than noticing them, accepting them, and letting them pass as you have a new and positive experience, is going to maximize discomfort. If your photographer doesn’t know how you feel, they can’t help you feel better in their choice of locations, style, and creative ideas. So, be honest with yourself and with them.



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