- Pay no attention to what other people think of you. I’ve learned that people probably aren’t paying as close attention to me when I’m shooting as I think. They may pass by for a few seconds but will most likely forget about us a minute later. And those fun or random poses you’re doing that make you look silly? It will be worth it in the end because you’ll have the shot you want. If I have a great pose or idea in mind, I ask my blogger to try it even if she feels funny doing it. I know I’ll regret it later if we don’t try — and it just might be her favorite shot of the day!
- Get inspired. If you’re nervous about shooting and posing in public, research and practice poses you like. They can be simple or complex and you can tweak them to fit your style or mood of the shoot. Look through your favorite magazines or Pinterest and take pictures of poses you like. Make a folder of them in your phone for reference and let your photographer see your ideas. I’m sure they’ll love the creative input (I know I do when shooting with bloggers)!
- Create a playlist. If music is something that helps you relax or keeps your mind occupied, create one with your favorite songs on your phone and have it on during your shoot. Set it beside you or have your photographer carry it in their camera bag. Music helps me focus and puts me in a more positive and creative mood.
- Think positive. If you’re constantly thinking self-sabotaging thoughts and focusing on your “insecurities,” it will come through in your images. You already look gorgeous so act like it! Trust that your photographer can see what works best for you and your surroundings and do your best from there!
- Walk towards or away from the photographer, as if you were just walking down the street on your way to meet friends.
- Try fake laughing (please try it)! It sounds and feels awkward to do but it usually turns into a real laugh! Those are some of the best shots because it shows real emotion and puts you at ease.
- Think about what you’d actually be doing in your location. On the street? You’d be walking, waiting to cross the road, texting etc. These are easy and give you something to do so you’re not just focused on “posing.”
- If you have a more sporty outfit or comfy shoes, try jumping, spinning or something fun that puts you in motion. I shot with a blogger recently and had her jump multiple times to get a shot of her shoes. I felt bad for asking over and over, but it was one of our favorites from that shoot!
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