Camera Confidence Advice From
Carol Plant - Transformational Life Coach
If like me, the thought of having your photos taken has you running for the hills, then you will love this advice from guest blogger Carol Plant. Carol is a transformational life coach and has helped many people overcome their fear of public speaking - in our blog, Carol shares her top tips to help you overcome your fear of getting in from of the camera.
I've had the pleasure of taking Carol's photos for her social media and website. Full of fun and very comfortable in front of the camera, it really shows in her picture. But how does she do it? Carol, it's over to you.......
Who loves getting their photos done?
Wait, what, you DON’T??!!
How come?! I’d love to hear the story you tell to yourself.
Let me guess. It goes something like:
- “I’m too XYZ to take a good photo”
- “I don’t know how to pose”
- “The camera hates me”
- “I smell” oh ok that one probably isn’t used as an excuse but it may as well be, as that’s what they are.
Yes, I said it, excuses.
Kate tells me plenty of you say to her that you know the importance of getting your branding photographs taken, but you don’t have the confidence to get in front of the camera.
Shall I let you into the secret to camera confidence?
Here goes my thoughts, in no particular order but as they occur to me:
- The camera is very clever. If you hate the camera, she will KNOW and rain her revenge on you 100x. You know what this results in? Yes, bad photos. She gives back what you give her and then some.
- Because of this, I make sure the camera knows that I love her! Whenever a camera is pointed in my direction I make sure I am thinking loving thoughts about her. I imagine I am spending the day with my best friend that has my back and wants the best for me. I love you camera!
- Having my picture taken is not about me. Yes, that’s right. It doesn’t enter my head that I’m having my photos taken. I’m there to have fun and chat to the photographer. I trust the photographer and the camera (love you!) to do their job. It’s not my job to worry about them.
- If you worry about how you look, then either give yourself a break (you are gorgeous you know that right!?) or get some help. You can book a make-up artist, a style advisor, a personal trainer, a counsellor, or whoever you need to help you. If it helps boost your confidence then do it.
- Book a photographer that you get on with. Should go without saying. Of course, everyone gets on with Kate! See it as a chance to chat and be creative.
- Book a photographer who’s work you have seen. Ask for recommendations.
- Listen to the photographer on the day of the shoot and follow her advice. She knows the best shot, the best lighting, the best staging. Of course, if you have some ideas let her know. They might be great ideas that will work. Better to suggest than to keep it to yourself.
- Get used to the shutter sound of the camera. This can put people off their stride. You can practice at home with your own camera (most phones have the sound option).
- Know that any photo can be deleted there and then.
- Have fun. Even on a serious shoot. Life is too short.
There are plenty more ideas on how to increase your camera confidence. These are a few to get you started. These work for me.
I would love to hear if you have any tips and if this has been helpful to you.
Best wishes Carol
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