I'll be the first to say it, being in front of the camera is freaking scary. For a lot of people, it's the last thing you would want to do. There are a lot of things more appealing than being in front of the camera. Just about every day I am having this conversation with my clients, friends, or strangers. When I'm talking to my clients about their engagement or portrait photography, a sudden wave of nerves rushes over them. I'm often asked if the session time could be cut in half, or if they can skip their engagement photos. In my profession, it's sad to hear, but I understand it more than anyone.
I recently asked my second photographer and assistant, Jem, to take my photos for my website. Up until recently I had an outdated headshot that didn't reflect my style or personality. It was boring, quite frankly, and you could tell in that photo I did not want to be there.
During this quick session, I found myself in a panic. "What do I do?" "How is my chin?" "Do I look crazy?!". I'm sure you're all familiar with these questions. And we all have a little Ricky Bobby in us... "I'm not sure what to do with my hands!"
I wanted to write this blog post for you because I want you to know, I understand! I know what the intimidation feels like, I know the relief when the camera is set down, and I know the feeling when you see a very unflattering picture of yourself.
And because I know these feelings, I want to make sure your experience with me is comfortable and fun. I don't want to capture unflattering photos of you. I want you to feel confident in my sessions. I want you to feel happy and like you want to be there. I have seen people's mindsets change about being in front of the camera, just by seeing a really great picture of themselves. It is possible! If I can do it, so can you.