As if first time nerves never happened
1. Laugh out loud and forget your troubles for an hour – laughter is a great stress booster and relieves the tension straight away. Like catching up with old friends – spontaneous, heart-felt laughter shines from your eyes. Smiling with the photographer, sharing a joke or exchanging stories creates connection and building a rapport is worth going out of your way to establish.
Go to a place where you feel comfortable. Share a story that makes you laugh. Be open to new experiences. Chances are the laughter and smiles will follow.
2. Say what you think (or photographers – stay quiet and listen) – No matter how nervous you feel the moment you meet your photographer. The best way to understand each other is to talk about your outfits. It can be pretty exciting to match your wardrobe to each location and ensures a well put together ‘feel’ to your portraits.
Sharing ideas about what clothes will look good against the rustic wall or in front of the graceful columns will reveal a lot more about your photographs than you’d imagine. It can feel liberating to say ‘no’ to a particular corner in the park and it’s this honesty that paves the way to perfect images.
If you want natural portraits, fresh ideas are always best.
3. Arrange a session in a spa, make a date with your friends to visit the family straight afterwards – if you have a busy life you adore, find time to just be alone with friends or family straight after a portrait session. There’s a natural energy at the close of the session and you want to take advantage of this natural high to celebrate with your pals.
It’s a good idea to remember why you wanted the portrait session – do you need a little boost after feeling low, are you celebrating a new job or braving the world solo again? Feeling good about yourself can make a big difference.
4. Invest in what you want – I know, I know. Easier said than done. Life can be rocky. Keep your portraits spontaneous by remembering what’s important. Fill in the blanks with your photographer – what are you worried about, how do you want to feel, which bits are you self-conscious about.
It’s possible to make your photographs work for you and it’s important that you are eager to ….
5. Share your photos straight away – People tend to jump to conclusions about professional photo shoots. If you’re tempted to harbour the same fears, stop. Talk to yourself, “I want to look good in my photos – I deserve this”.
Creating portraits is a thing of intimacy and sharing your beautiful photographs on-line makes a big difference when they show your happy, smiling face.
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