Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Getting Comfortable in Front of the Camera

This next post was written by the uber talented Lara at Lara Swanson Photo. What I adore about Lara's work is that she specializes in nontraditional weddings and unions. So I am beyond thrilled that she is sharing some of her wisdom today!

Some people love having their picture taken. They look amazing in every shot, they work the camera, they know what their best angles are. And we’re all jealous of them. So here are some tips for getting comfortable in front of the camera.

Know your photographer. I know, I know, often this can be hard. But have some conversations before the shoot occurs. Get to know him or her; does your photographer have pets? What’s their favorite place to eat in the area? If nothing else, ask them about why they like photography. It can often offer some insight into who they are that will make you automatically feel more comfortable with them.

Find a photo that you like of yourself and show it to your photographer. That way your photographer can see the smile that you like and a lot more of want to have captured about yourself.

Wear clothes that you’re comfortable in, that you KNOW you look good in. You can ask your photographer if he or she has tips for color choices or what might best flatter you in the photo. Unless you’re planning on taking full-length shots, don’t wear uncomfortable shoes. Save yourself from the pain.

Remember that your photographer is taking a lot of photos - you’ll have a lot of choices! Don’t worry about blinking or smiling too big; follow your photographer’s direction but also feel free to switch it up (smile with teeth, smile with lips closed, etc.).

Bring your own ideas! If you’ve seen a photo online that you like, show it to your photographer. Or, ask if you can try a certain pose to see how it looks. You should feel free to experiment with ideas that you think will look good (within, obviously, reason). I’ve had many clients email me pictures that they like, not just to show poses, but style too.

Find out about retouching. If worse comes to worse, it can be retouched. If your photographer can’t do retouching then you can find another who does later (I do!). Even editing little things (wisps of hair, a crooked collar) can make you feel like the photos really show who you are.

Thank you for sharing this excellent advice with our readers, Lara!

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