Sometimes when we look at beautiful photos on social media or online, it can be easy to think or feel that we don’t measure up. That maybe photoshoots are something that only work for other people.
More beautiful people, or more special people.
But that isn’t the truth at all.
Nobody has a perfect life and everybody has things about their appearance that they don’t necessary like.
But when it comes to shooting love and joy, none of this stuff is what matters anyway.
So, in an attempt to demystify the illusion (or delusion) of perfection, I have come up with 7 reasons why you should feel confident enough to embrace your next photography experience.
And hopefully be pleasantly surprised by the results.
So here goes, I hope it helps.
99% of the people I photograph have never engaged a professional photographer before and are equally freaked out and excited. This is normal and if you need proof, just check out a few of the photos from Priya’s recent session below. This family had NEVER had professional photos taken before and yet, just look at how natural, relaxed and happy they look.
Nerves and anxiety about the experience, how it will go, and what the results will be like is also normal. Be assured though, your photography session will be way more fun that you might think. This is the most common feedback I receive.
Most people believe that they are not at all photogenic and often feel pretty uncomfortable in front of a camera. Again, totally normal. ‘Being yourself’ or acting ‘natural’ can be really hard to do on demand. And let’s be honest, having someone all up in your face with a camera is not really something most of us are used to in everyday life.
When you book a family photography session (or any photography session) with me I will not be sending you an anxiety inducing guide of all the things you need to do to prepare for and style your photoshoot. Instead I want you to be yourself. To be open to having fun and wear whatever makes you comfortable. No fluoro though, ok. If you do need advice or guidance on what to wear, I’m always here to help. Some clients like to send photos through to see if everything they’ve chosen looks ok together.
Altering your appearance in post production, unless it’s to remove a non-permanent blemish such as a pimple, is not something I dabble in because you are already awesome. The people that matter love you just the way you are. And I have spent years perfecting angles and light to make sure you scrub up just so.
Your only job during your session is to relax and have fun. My job is to work with you to invite/coerce/encourage your version of joy, love and connection to be expressed. All without you probably even know that you’re doing it.
And the lucky last, Reason #7
There are no impossible standards to measure up to when it comes to who you are or what you look like. And there is no magic or trickery. All of the people I work with are just regular folk like you (and me), who each have their own passions, likes, dislikes, and insecurities.
And, if you don’t believe me, you might just have to book in and find out for yourself. I really hope you do.
Love Ingrid xx