hate the camera?

HATE THE CAMERA?

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re one of the many who avoid pictures of themselves like the plague because you know all too well that an awful image can directly impact your confidence.  

Don’t worry!  You’re not alone in feeling this way.  I’d say that 99% of people I photograph don’t like having their photo taken (Dawn pictured here is one of the few who LOVES being in front of the camera!).

It’s such a shame as these feelings stop you from joining in on those family/friend photos and having a record of these precious moments.

I’m going to share some tips to help you overcome those feelings or at least soften those negative voices!

1. BOOK WITH A PROFESSIONAL

I will go straight in with this one: if you want photos you’ll love, go to a professional. Mobile phones can’t compete with the equipment we use; our images allow for larger file sizes and better prints. However, it’s so much more than the camera. When you book with a professional, you also pay for an expert. Someone with the knowledge and experience to find the right light, pose and background to ensure you look and feel your best.

Top Tip: Take a look at the blogs of professional photographers, and you’ll soon know from their tone and wording if you’ll feel comfortable with them taking your photo.

Look at these before and after photos:

 

2. BE KIND TO YOURSELF

I bet when you look at photos of yourself, your eye goes straight to things you hate about your body; your arms, chin, and tummy. Don’t you think it’s about time you were a little kinder? Try self-compassion and treat yourself with kindness rather than criticism or judgement.

Top Tip: Try and soften that negative narration in your head with the words you’d say to a friend in the same situation.  All our bodies change with age, children and stress; your body was never designed to stay the same all your life – be kind to yourself!

3. A LITTLE PLANNING CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Take some time to plan your hair, makeup and outfit choices before your shoot.

If you need help putting outfits together, seek a professional stylist who can select colours and cuts that suit your frame

Top Tip: Have a friend or stylist take photos of you in your chosen outfits, and take a long hard look at the image.  If there’s something about this visual you don’t like, you can amend the look ahead of time.  This will ensure you feel comfortable with your choices on the day.

 

4. MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOS TELL YOUR STORY!

We all have a story to tell – our personal branding!

If you like to be loud and adventurous, sitting in a field of daisies isn’t going to be right for you!

The most important objective here is to communicate your ideas, loves and aspirations with your photographer.  If your outfit, venue, makeup and props feel true to you, you’re already halfway to loving your photos.

Top Tip: Discuss some possible venues with your chosen photographer; this will ensure you’re both on the same page and result in photos that are ‘on-brand’.

If you would like to know more about my photography, please explore my website, or reach out to me at michelle@michellemorris.co.uk. If you would like to regularly receive my newsletters and blogs please join my VIP list (you’ll get first dibs to offers and promotions).

WHO AM I? 

I have over 15 years experience as a professional photographer. 

Photography runs in my blood, as my mother too was a photographer. She was one of the first French female photographers on a film set. She bought me my first camera when I was 18 and I’ve been taking photos ever since.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about me and how I became a photographer.  

 

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