GETTING OVER YOURSELF - PREPARING FOR YOUR PHOTOSESSION

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GETTING OVER YOURSELF - PREPARING FOR YOUR PHOTOSESSION

Being in front of the camera is a fantastic opportunity to 'get over yourself'. HA! HA! Hear me out, I say this with the lightest of hearts. Unless you're a professional model or media personality, being in front of the camera can be awkward as heck. I know from personal experience, trust me! ;)  That is why a few times a year I make sure I get in front of the camera to remind myself what it's like to be a client.

If you are anything like me than you feel naked in front of the camera! Your 'inner-critique' might even start to pipe-up. LOL If that sounds like you in any way than this blog is for you!

TIPS & TRICKS TO 'GETTING OUT OVER OURSELVES' BEFORE A PHOTO-SESSION

  1. RELEASE YOUR INNER- '______'

Whether you chose to fill the above sentence with inner-child, inner-diva, inner-playfulness or anything to that degree, than welcome to the club! 

You're probably wondering how you 'release' your inner alter-ego? Well it can look different for every person: a flick of the hair or a playful and confident cat-walk can do the trick! (Beyoncé style) Maybe you'll need to work the 'cheese' with those 'blue-steel' duck-lips in front of a mirror? The truth is, we all have a little sass and playfulness tucked away somewhere guys! Get creative and get vulnerable with yourself. No one is watching - so what is there to lose!?  Let that 'Inner-whoever'  come out to play. This may require stepping outside of the norm for a few minutes and yea, it's going to feel awkward but it's supposed to!  You're doing something you don't usually do. As soon as you conquer that initial awkwardness, the freedom comes! So, when no one is watching 'do your thang' and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out you that there's more where that came from.

2. PRACTICE AT HOME

If you're not comfortable doing this anywhere in public, practice at home in front of the mirror and blare some music while you're at it!  You know the old saying, 'Fake it til' you make it!'  Practicing in the comfort of your own home is the best way to break out of your box.  Dance around your living room, even if you're not a dancer! Have some fun! JUST MOVE NO MATTER WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE! If you can do this at home, you might be able to bring just a little bit of 'that' to a photo-shoot. Trust me when I say the moment my clients give themselves permission to act a little silly, is the moment they start relaxing in front of the camera. These images usually their favourites too! Do you want to know why? It's the freedom. You can see it and it's AWESOME!

DISCLAIMER: I will not force you do anything you're not comfortable with so just be yourself! However, you may find ME acting a little 'extra' with hopes to provide some good laughs. 

 

3. LAUGH AT YOURSELF

We all need to do this a little more. (Including myself!) In today's culture of Insta-perfection it can be hard for us to befriend imperfection. Perfection, performance and unrealistic expectation totally squashes  authenticity. As that 'inner-child' is starting to make some appearances at home, in the car or wherever you are, don't forget to laugh at yourself too! Through the awkwardness - laugh!  When you're acting silly - laugh!  When you do something embarrassing or even slightly uncomfortable - laugh! Laugh your way through it - even if it's a fake laugh to begin with. We all know fake laughter eventually turns in to hysteria, right? Just remind yourself not to take yourself too seriously - seriously.

4. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

Lastly, look yourself in the mirror and give yourself permission to do all of the above: laugh at yourself, release your inner-child even though you feel '__________'. Sometimes we need to tell ourselves with real words that we have permission to be ourselves whether we're in front of the camera or not.  You got this, my friend! There's only one you and guess what!? You're pretty dang wonderful. Let's have some fun together and capture the best parts of who you are!

Never lose the wonder,

Erin XO

 

 

Erin Smith