I’m not a particularly confident person, I’m very much an introvert, however, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at faking confidence on camera. And I think some of you have started to notice that from my blog and Instagram. So when I asked if this was a blog post you wanted to see, it was very much in high demand. Therefore, I have brainstormed ten tips for being confident when taking photos. In no way am I an expert at this, I still struggle to take photos in public, but I definitely think that I’m getting better so I thought this post was worth sharing.
PRACTICE POSES IN THE MIRROR
This would probably be my biggest tip and although it may sound super narcissistic, it works. I don’t know about you, but as soon as someone points a camera at me, I pull the strangest pose because I have no idea what to do. But, if you practice easy poses in the mirror, you will feel more comfortable when someone takes a picture of you. Try finding some new poses, practicing them in the mirror, and then doing a little photoshoot with them. It works well because you feel more in control, you know what you’re doing and how it will look, so naturally, you will feel more confident.
So so important. Don’t take it so seriously and just have fun with it. No one is forcing you to take pictures and if you want a cute picture of yourself, just enjoy the process. I noticed that when I stopped caring what others thought and stopped putting pressure on myself to get a perfect shot, everything became so much easier in terms of shooting. It’s important to just enjoy shooting as that will come across in the pictures. Get creative and just have fun.
REMIND YOURSELF THAT NOT EVERY PICTURE WILL BE PERFECT
No one does a shoot and loves every single photo. It just doesn’t happen so don’t be so hard on yourself. Not every picture is going to be perfect and that is completely okay. Because we learn something different from every photo we take, good or bad. I delete the majority of my photos which is completely okay because I got some good ones too. It can be difficult not to get frustrated when your first couple of pictures aren’t how you imagined they would look, but please keep going. Learn what went wrong, what to fix, and try again.
It sounds a bit weird, especially when you intend to take photos of yourself or go on a shoot day. But act natural. Personally, these types of pictures are my favourites, ones where you act like the camera isn’t there. I think that they create the most authentic pictures and they are also the easiest to start out with. Don’t look directly into the camera, stick to the easy poses you’ve been practicing, and just do what feels comfortable. You don’t need to be super intentional when it comes to being in front of the camera. Natural facial expressions, poses, and positions always seem to bring back the best outcome because you will feel more confident doing something that feels natural when the camera isn’t there.
FEEL COMFORTABLE IN WHAT YOU’RE WEARING
What you wear is super important when being in front of the camera. Whether it is an outfit picture or not, most likely part of your clothes are going to be in the picture. So wear what you feel comfortable and confident in. It doesn’t need to be the most exciting outfit, but something you feel good in. If you’re wearing something you don’t think is flattering or something you find uncomfortable, then that is only going to show through in the pictures.
EXPERIMENT TO KEEP IT EXCITING
You don’t want to see taking pictures as a burden or like loads of work. You want it to stay fun and exciting, so mix it up. I am constantly looking for new inspiration online, whether that be from my favourite bloggers/ Instagrammers or Pinterest. Even Tiktok has some amazing creators who share fun poses, editing ideas, and backgrounds. So look around, save a couple, and try to recreate them. The more you experiment and just take pictures, the more confident you will start to feel. It will become super natural to just pull out the camera and start shooting.
Super important and one that I always forget, but take your time. You aren’t going to get a good picture if you’re rushing around, trying to get a million photos taken in 10 minutes. Slow down, take breaks, look, and evaluate pictures you’ve already taken, then try again. Getting a good photo can sometimes take a while, so don’t rush and try not to get frustrated, just enjoy the process.
GIVE IT TIME
As I was saying earlier, confidence comes with time, especially when it comes to being in front of the camera. The more you do it, the better you will feel. You will start taking better shots quicker, you will start feeling more confident in the photos and it will get easier to pose. I definitely noticed this, especially with self-portraits. The more I did it, the more confident I felt. You do just need to give it time.
LEARN ABOUT WHAT PHOTOGRAPHS WORK WELL AND WHAT DOESN’T
Not every style of photo is going to work well for you. It’s always a personal choice. Learn what photos of yourself you do like and ones you don’t. Learn the poses you like, the facial expressions, the backgrounds, and use those to keep you confident. It’s about finding a balance between experimenting and doing what you know will turn out to be a good photo. Not every shoot I do ends up on the blog or Instagram because they get binned and that’s okay. Because some photos just don’t work for me, however, I learned from those and it solidifies in my mind, the photos that do work well for me. As a random example, my outfit pictures that you see a lot on my Instagram took a long time to get right. A combination of getting the right background, set up, poses, lighting. All of that took a lot of the previous shoots which were never posted because they just didn’t work well. And that is completely okay.
HYPE YOURSELF UP
I love this point and it is super important too. Be your biggest cheerleader. If you don’t think you look good, then the camera isn’t going to think so either. Everyone knows the saying ‘feel good, look good’ and it really is important because confidence comes from yourself before it can be translated into a photo. So hype yourself up, tell yourself how great you look and feel good when shooting in front of the camera. As I said earlier, just have fun with it and enjoy the process.
Hopefully you found some of these tips useful. I’d love to know if you use any of these when being in front of the camera!