Overcome Your Fears

Female Portrait Photography

How to push past your fear of being photographed

Most people have fears that they need to give up in order to move on with their lives. Female portrait photography is a trigger for most women. I hear stories from camera-shy professionals who admit to worrying about how they will photograph.

Even the most confident people find it hard to push past their fear of being photographed.

The fear of not being good enough; the fear of being judged; the fear of the unknown; the fear of failure.

For many people, the fear of not being successful stops them from pursuing their number one dream.

They worry about what others will think of them if they fail or how they will provide for themselves and their families if they don’t succeed.

I feel the same most days.

My sincere hope is that this post will light a small fire inside you. Here are 3 fears you have to give up for female portrait photography. And watch your confidence soar!

“Amanda is one of the top female portrait photographers on the Isle of Wight. She will have you relaxed and confident after the first ten minutes”

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#1 Fear of not being good enough

What you look like

If you’re worried about how the photographs will turn out, or if you think it matters what you look like, you’re not alone. A lot of people feel this way, especially when they’re getting ready for their first photoshoot.

But the truth is professional photographers take beautiful photographs and create flattering female portraits that represent you on a good day. It doesn’t matter what you look like. So don’t worry too much, and just try to relax and have fun.

If you’re going to get your pictures taken, you might as well do it right.

If you have anxiety about being photographed, I recommend outdoor sessions because the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and opportunity to talk as we walk eases nerves and tensions naturally.

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#2 Fear of being judged

What others might think of you: Did you know female portrait photography empowers you!

Female Portrait Photography is like a first date. You are shy and don’t know what to expect, but you want to make a good impression.

Take note of how you are feeling. What is the trigger? Share it with your photographer. If they really understand why you are nervous they will help ease your fears.

Figuring what makes you worried or relating problems to experiences in the past ties in with emotions lurking deep within. Talking through your anxiety will really allow you to feel more confident.

Related: Headshot myths

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#3 Fear of the unknown

What to Wear: Tips for looking your best in photos

Female portrait photography is a great way to capture your memories, and when you look your best in them, they’ll be that much more cherished.

When getting ready for your female portrait photography, it is important to dress appropriately.

Plan to wear 3 outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable. You don’t want to be fidgeting with your clothes or feeling self-conscious in every photo.

Here are some dos and don’ts for what to wear:


– Wear white as it bleaches your skin tone

– Show too much skin.

– Wear something too informal or ill-fitting

– Use makeup with an iridescent base

– Leave packing till the last minute

– Get spray tan that week


-Wear something that is flattering and makes you feel confident.

-Choose a colour that complements your skin tone. -Select a style that is appropriate for where you intend to use the photos

-Make sure your outfit is neat and clean.

-Wear accessories that will add interest to your outfit without being too overpowering. A few pretty necklaces or a colorful scarf can add personality to any outfit.

– Avoid busy patterns and bright colours; these can be distracting in photos. Instead, stick to solid colours or simple prints.

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Learn how female portrait photography can empower you.

Don’t give up your dreams or get bogged down by obstacles.  Reach for the stars. Your dreams are worth holding on to!

If you have any questions please contact us on +44 (0)7719316609 or use the email below and we will be happy to answer any questions you have or even schedule a complimentary consultation before your women’s photo shoot.

Being Isle of Wight-based, I also conduct business portraits outdoors around Ryde and in my Seaview home studio.   Get in touch now.


Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio on +44 (0)1983 617383

or Mandy on +44 (0)7719316609 email info@amandaherbert.com or use the contact form below


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