Every once in awhile I will force myself to get in front of the camera. I MUCH prefer to be behind the camera but it’s a good exercise for me to understand how it feels to be on the other end and so I can be more empathetic towards my subjects when I’m photographing them. I admit it does get easier as the shoot progresses but that first moment when you’re staring down the lens is a bit intimidating, isn’t it? Here are some things I’ve learned from this recent shoot and maybe it will help you be relaxed in front of the camera (or get your subjects to relax if you’re the photographer).
Don’t look into the camera right away. Get acquainted with the clicking of the shutter and having something pointed in your direction, staring at you.
Pretend the camera isn’t there. Easier said than done, I know, but it’s doable. I either think about my to-do list (I know, nerd I am) or I hum a song I like in my head.
Slowly introduce yourself to the camera. By this time, it should be less intimidating and even something you’re feeling more comfortable with.
Have fun with it. It’s not everyday you get beautiful, professional photos taken of you so go on with your fabulous self and enjoy the moment. :)
- When you look amazing, you feel amazing. Get your hair and makeup done if you can and wear an outfit that screams chic. Gentlemen, wear something other than your work or hang-out clothes. Anything to take yourself out of your everyday life.
- Work with a photographer you’re comfortable with. You’ll feel less pressure and it will feel like you’re out with a friend just having fun and capturing moments.
- Practice in front of a mirror and take photos of yourself with your phone or a camera and try different photos and shooting yourself from different angles. This will give you an idea as to which look or pose works for you and you’ll be prepared when it’s time for your shoot.
I hope this was helpful and you’ll be more comfortable the next time you’re in front of a camera. And I’d love to hear of any other tips and tricks that works for you…I’ll need it the next time I’m in front of the camera again. ;)
P.S. Sorry for the sunglasses in all the shots. I forgot to take them off and didn’t realize it til later.
P.P.S. All photos by Mark DiNitto and edited by me.