Although I’ve become somewhat a fashion blogger, I really don’t calling it that but lets get on with it, I wouldn’t say I’m the most camera confident.
I’ve developed a true love for fashion over the past year or so. I feel like I’ve finally found my ‘style’. I say that in inverted commas because I don’t really have one style. One day I’ll wear a skirt and heels, the next I’ll be happy in my trainers and some wide legged pants. But still, I’ve found what I like to wear and that feels good.
In fact, this love for fashion and finding pieces I love to wear has led me to be that teeny tiny bit more confident in front of the camera. I’m still no pro and honestly, I don’t think I ever will be.
I do envy those people I see pose in front of a camera and it seems like second nature to them. I would love to be able to strike a pose and look effortless. In reality, for me 50% of the pictures end up with my hair suffocating my face or a severe look of confusion in my brows. I never used to cooperate with a camera pointing at me until now, until I’ve given it a go and time.
Maybe those people that I think look effortless also have my problem but just hide it well. People might even think that about me but seriously, listen to me when I tell you many come out hilarious and maybe I should share them one day: a whole reel of not so cute candid shots to embarrass myself but also have a good laugh. Who’d like to see? I’m sure you all would.
For the meantime, I’m still trying to master the pose, the confidence and the look. Trust me when I say they don’t all end up this polished, I choose my favourites, of course.
After going on a few shoots, I feel like I’ve started building up a little bit of confidence in front of the camera. Truly, I never thought I would. I’m that girl that would hide behind her hands as soon as someone would pull a camera out and I very rarely take selfies. So standing in front of a camera for outfit shots terrified me to say the least. So, what did I do to get rid of those worries and fears? I didn’t really. I still get scared. But, here are a few things I do, think or tell myself when the camera is pointing at me.
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You will get that shot.
Like seriously, why are we so scared of cameras? If we don’t like a picture, we don’t have to share it. We don’t have to put it online, show our friends, family, the dog. We can just get rid of it and never see it again can’t we? It’s not the easiest thing to love a photo of yourself but when the camera and photographer captures a good angle and some lighting that just blesses your features, it really is a good feeling and that shot will always happen.
Get some inspiration.
Before taking photos I always look through a mood board. Yes, I’ve made a mood board on Pinterest and it has helped me a lot. You can find it here and I hope it inspires you to make your own as they’re v helpful. I simply use it to look through images that inspire me, whether that be a pose, a style or even how I might think to edit the photos afterwards.
It’s really great to get some inspiration to get you going and feel more confident before taking some shots. If I’m taking photos without a handbag I find it so difficult because I have nothing to hold and distract me, and I’m getting over that lack of distraction by taking some tips from these mood board images.
Think of the results.
This one sounds so much easier to say than do, but I use this bit of advice with a lot of things in life. If you’re nervous about shooting, nervous about standing in front of a camera just tell yourself that you can get so much more out of getting them done than not.
So many times in life I’ve let my nerves take over what I’ve wanted to do, and that means not getting results and it really is quite a ‘why the f did I not do it’ feeling. You could kick yourself couldn’t you?
But, if you just do it, get it done and think of the results you’ll be able to push through. The relief after my first ever lot of outfit photos felt amazing, such a feel good feeling. Not only because I had content to share, I had content to share that meant something to me and showed me that I can get over my worries and build my camera confidence. So, you can do it to.
PHOTOGRAPHY by Sarah Treacher
And that, my friends, is a little bit about my journey with camera confidence. It’s still not perfect and probably never will be, but I’m getting there.
If you need an extra little push, treat yourself to that chocolate, that pizza
or and that cake afterwards.
That’s all for now huns.
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