Advice for feeling
uncomfortable on camera
Let's be honest... We're not all models. Some of us need extra practice. Here are some tips for those who feel anxiety and discomfort in front of the camera.
get to know your photographer
We offer a free consultation to meet you and learn more about your style and preferences. In addition, we make sure to provide a positive atmosphere. Our photo shoots are likely to have your favorite music playing. We want to make sure you're happy with the footage, which is why your images are provided to you through a password-secure network. If you have anxiety problems, communicate with your photographer. We would be happy to accommodate you!
find the right fit
Find an outfit that you are excited to wear! Make sure it is comfortable to move around in, and that you do not have to constantly readjust. This will keep you from feeling self conscious throughout the shoot. Anyway, who needs to have a photo of you picking a wedgie?
Round up a friend or two to be your paparazzi. Review the footage with a critical but kind eye. Find what poses compliment you best and stay aware of any nervous tics you may have like moving too fast or clinching your jaw.
make a kit
Bring a mini emergency kit filled with things to help you freshen up and calm down. Maybe this includes a bottle of water, face blotting sheets, lavender spray, or a compact mirror.
Hydrating helps all around, preventing dry mouth (so you can keep that smile on), keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints to work/move better, keeps your skin clear and supple, and cleans toxins from your body. These benefits will last after your photoshoot! Maybe hydrate the day(s) before your shoot so the session is not filled with trips to the bathroom.
American Institute of Stress swears by focused breathing:
“Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and reduce stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.”
Breathing exercises can be done anywhere, even during your shoot.
note your best time of day
As you may know, sunrise and sunset provide optimal natural lighting for photos. Perhaps these times of day are also your nap time. If these are not your best times of day, work with your photographer so they are prepared to accommodate to your mood and forecast. We have (portable) lighting equipment at our disposal for your photoshoot--meaning perfect lighting no matter the time of day.
plan for extra time
Nobody likes to feel rushed. Make sure to plan extra time for outfit changes, touching up, bathroom or breathing breaks.
How was this not at the top of our list? Smile and share your energy! Be yourself and let the camera capture your uniqueness. Let your personality show in the photos. Take some silly photos and bring your sense of humor. Be extra enthusiastic with animated, natural movement. This will be sure to engage your audience.
If you're still not sure what to do with your hands, try using props. Incorporate things that you enjoy to interact with, sit or lean on. This will keep your hands busy and your pose will come naturally.
let us do the work
Have something to look forward to after the shoot. Make plans with friends to celebrate your survival. After a photoshoot at the infamous San Diego Balboa Park, we love to unwind/celebrate at Panama 66. There is a guaranteed positive atmosphere, often featuring live Jazz by Gilbert Castellanos. An extra perk: plenty of room for dancing. Relax after your photoshoot and leave the work to your photographer.
let us help you look and feel natural on camera!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary consultation.
Anxiety and discomfort in front of the camera is normal. We can help you through it.
Please share any tips you may have to help others feel more comfortable on camera!