There’s a paradox in portrait photography that often goes unnoticed.
A recent conversation with a client revealed something unexpected: the biggest hurdle for booking a photoshoot isn’t the cost but rather a lack of confidence.
This insight, although initially surprising, makes sense on reflection.
We live in a society where self-improvement messages bombard us from every direction, and our self-image often suffers, and this leads to a pervasive insecurity about our appearance.
Many clients approach a photoshoot with at least a little initial trepidation, asking perfectly valid questions about everything from poses to outfit choice. Some even request extensive Photoshop edits to hide their perceived flaws.
And I’ve had some clients arrive after spending hours watching posing tutorials on YouTube or practising their expressions in the mirror.
While this level of preparation and planning might feel like it boosts confidence, it can sometimes lead to stiffness and even more self-consciousness during the shoot, hindering the natural flow and spontaneity that make for great portraits.
With that in mind, how do you gain confidence for a portrait session? The answer comes from understanding the intimate nature of photography.
The Importance of the Photographer-Client Relationship
A photoshoot is about more than pressing the shutter button. I wish it were that simple.
When I shoot with my clients, I’m acutely aware they are (often) spending time in the presence of a stranger, which can be daunting.
That’s why choosing the right photographer – someone you can communicate your fears and ideas to and place your trust in – is essential.
Being photographed can feel confrontational, especially when we look back at the resulting images. The process forces us to see ourselves as others do, which can be both uncomfortable and enlightening.
However, it’s worth remembering that photoshoots aren’t a panacea for resolving deep-seated self-esteem issues. They offer a unique opportunity to see ourselves through someone else’s eyes.
After all, the images we receive from a shoot are visual representations of the photographer’s perception of us, capturing who they think we are in a way we seldom see ourselves.
Taking the Leap: Embracing Vulnerability in Portrait Photography
Choosing a portrait photographer goes beyond aesthetic and artistic preferences. It’s about finding someone whose values and process resonate with you, as their approach will influence your experience and feelings towards the final images.
Confidence is a muscle that needs to be exercised. Waiting to feel confident before booking a photoshoot might mean waiting indefinitely.
You can feel elated and empowered by participating in a photo shoot, especially with the right photographer.
If you want to build your confidence and capture your essence in a portrait, it’s worth taking that step, even if it initially feels daunting.
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