Camera shyness is something that plenty of people struggle with. Whether you’re getting your photos taken at an event, for a professional portrait, or at an impromptu photoshoot, the butterflies in our stomach flutter like crazy when the camera shows itself.
Perhaps it’s connected to our taste of perfection. We want everything to achieve picture-perfect standards. If we don’t, our nature to criticize every flaw comes to light. And the more you criticize how you look in pictures, the more your anxiety with the camera grows.
But camera confidence and being photogenic is something even the most introverted person can work on. You might have one or a few bad photos taken, but when you work your relationship with the camera, those will be your first and last worst photos ever!
If you belong with the shy crowd, this post is for you. Stick around as we share six tips to overcome your photo anxiety and finally build your camera confidence!
The best way to build up your photogenic confidence is to do what professional actors and models do – practice in front of the mirror. You get a full view of yourself in your reflection, giving you an idea of how you’ll look in front of the camera.
Use the mirror to find your most flattering angles. You can ask someone else to take a photo of you or your reflection once you’ve found the best position for you.
While you’re at it, practice your natural smile too. This will help you see how wide should an acceptable smile be, should you show all your teeth or not, that kind of stuff. Ditch the “say cheese” part though, and instead, say “money.” It works better in moving your lips naturally.
Also, when smiling, put the tip of your tongue at the roof of your mouth. This will help you avoid the horrific double chin in your photos. Keep playing with the mirror until you find poses and angles you’re comfortable with.
You can ask any photographer you know for some posing advice. They’re the professionals who know what works and what doesn’t in the camera. You can also ask them to do some demonstrations so you’ll get a better picture of their tips.
Convince your mind that what you’re doing in front of the camera is no different than what you do normally. Think of it like greeting a friend or watching something exciting, funny, or interesting.
Aside from the positive, cheerleader mindset, here are some reminders to avoid looking stiff and awkward in your photos:
What makes cameras a great source of anxiety are the photos we see afterward. When we find unflattering pictures of us, we tend to pinpoint and criticize every flaw we see.
For example, we get annoyed with ourselves when see our eyes half-closed from blinking. Which happens to everyone but fuels up the anxiety of those who don’t get photographed often.
If you want to overcome your fear of the camera, it’s best to leave the photo selection to one with a trained eye. Focus on the posing and let the photographer take care of filtering the results. They’ll even give some pointers so you can polish your posing and smiling skills when getting photographed.
It’s easy to get carried away by pointing out what’s wrong with us on our photos. But when you focus on these flaws, it would drive your insecurities with the camera more.
To avoid that, focus on your positive sides instead. For every photo you find of yourself, find something positive about it. Give yourself a compliment or two on how your smile looks the best here or how you unconsciously found an angle that flatters your figure. Relive the best memories you’ve had with the photos too. It would help you develop a more positive relationship with the camera.
Face your fears. The more you get used to that big ole lens in front of you, you’ll find it a friendly companion later on. Being photogenic is something you can train for, so keep practicing your poses – whether in front of a professional’s camera or a simple selfie.
Bonus tip: Collect all your best photos from all the photoshoots and portraits you’ve done, and put them all in one online photo album. This is a good way to track your progress with your camera confidence and see which you need to improve more.