As a blogger people often think you must be comfortable with having your picture taken. It’s probably one of the most popular misconceptions. Trust me, if you could hear what goes on throughout a photoshoot, you’d be surprised. Literally whenever I’m shooting, all you hear is me mumbling “This is awkward”, “Why am I so awkward?” or “Is it over yet?”. The pictures may turn out well, but I really have no idea what’s going on.
With that said, over the years you soon realise you have to suck it up. Being a blogger is literally all about the pictures and having your picture taken, pretty much comes with the territory. I’ve been doing this long enough now to be able to put this blog post together, giving you guys a few tips on How To Be Comfortable On Camera.
// The Outfit \\
First and foremost, wear something you’re comfortable in. It doesn’t have to be the most stylish outfit, it doesn’t have to fit perfectly and it doesn’t even need to be ‘on trend’, just pick something you’re comfortable in. Whether that be your favourite pair of jeans, your favourite top or even if it’s a killer pair of sunglasses. The more comfortable you feel in your outfit, the less conscious you’ll feel in the photo’s. Meaning you can focus more on the poses and positioning of the image, rather than if you think the jeans or top look good.
// The Photographer \\
Let’s be honest, no matter who it is, where you are in the world or whatever situation you may be in, having your picture taken is awkward. However, to make it a little less awkward to feel a little more comfortable, choose a photographer you can be yourself around. Ciara & I shoot a lot together, Emma takes a lot of my pictures as well. First and foremost we’re friends, so we’re already really comfortable with each other. But equally Ciara is a blogger herself so she knows how it feels & Emma has always been so supportive of my blogging stuff, so she’s more than happy to help. Get someone who lifts you up, compliments the pictures and helps with the poses. Get a photographer who’s on your side, with the same vision and you’ll feel super relaxed in nod time.
// The Mistakes \\
Embrace the mistakes. Don’t be afraid of them. Look, you don’t have to stand there, take 5 pictures and expect them to turn out amazing. You’re going to try poses that don’t work. You’re going to try facial expressions that quite frankly, make you look like you need the toilet, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s all trial & error. Make sure your photographer rarely takes their finger off the shutter button. You’ll come away with hundreds of images, with most of them being a little messed up but in there, somewhere there will be a really nice one. Use the mistakes as a way of learning. A way to learn what poses do and don’t work and implement that in your next shoot.
// The Frequency \\
You know the old saying “The more you do it, the easier it becomes“. Yeah, that also applies to photography. The more you get in front of the camera, the more you go out and shoot, the more comfortable you’re going to become. Soon and in no time, the camera will become your friend, you’ll become a pro at posing and you’ll be able to use each shoot as a lesson. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Remember that!
// The Movement \\
This one sort of falls into the category of posing tips. But movement is key to any photoshoot. Don’t. Stop. Moving. *Play’s S CLUB 7*. But it’s key, when you’re having your photo taken, don’t stop. There is nothing worse than being really stiff on a shoot and thinking the pictures are going to turn out remotely good. It doesn’t have to be drastic movements, just subtle changes of hand position, or a slight tilt of a leg. Just some sort of movement to loosen you up and make you look more at ease. Tip: The start of a laugh is always a really complimentary pose for facial expression & walking towards the camera is really complimentary for body shaping.
MOVE PEOPLE, MOVE!
I literally wrote this blog post half an hour before I went out on a photoshoot with Ciara. I see a lot of blog posts online about tips on how to become a blogger, but none of them touch on the how to become comfortable on camera. So I really hope this has helped & I hope you use some of the tips to go out there and create some insane content… Good luck!
| Harrison |