|HOW TO RELAX IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA / BYRON BAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
If you're anything
like me, you will
hate getting your photos taken. That's why I'm on this side of
camera; it's much safer! But there are ways to relax and enjoy the
process which don't involve getting ridiculously drunk and removing
items of clothing (trust me, I've tried this and it doesn't work in the
often, when a couple or a family is going to an appointment with a
photographer, it's the first time both parties will be meeting each
other face to face. Sure you might have spoken a few times over
the phone but this will be the first time in person. That alone
is enough to make anyone nervous: knowing you have to be in a
stranger's company and not only make small talk but also let them point
what looks like a weapon of mass destruction at you and command you to
smile. If any of you are familiar with the animation Wallace and Gromit
and the way they smile, this will give you some indication of how I
feel I look like at these times of anxiety.
been a photographer in this beautiful region of Byron Bay for long
enough to know that you cannot get people to relax by saying something
dumb like "hey, just relax!". But there is some advice I can pass along to
you to help you chill out to maybe even enjoy the process of getting
your photos taken.
STEP ONE: RESEARCH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS!
you are in the market of having your portrait taken or even deciding to
book a wedding photographer and you know you are somewhat nervous when
it comes to photos, do your research! There are so many
photographers around these days, in fact I do believe we are now in
plague proportions in the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast, that it
pays to delve a little deeper into someone's work rather than just
calling a number you got off a community notice boad near Woolworths in
Look prospective photographers up on Facebook,
and not only look at their work but read their comments back to people
on social media. Do they sound nice or are they a little off
hand? Are they genuine sounding or sickly sweet? And then
look at their work again; do their clients look relaxed or like someone
is threatening to hack off their arms with a blunt implement? Are
their clients in natural poses? And are there a LOT of photography
examples to browse through? Read reviews on their website and on
social media. Ask a friend who used a potential photographer how they
made their clients relax during a photoshoot. Quite often, the difference between a good photographer and a great one is their ability to interact with and relate to people.
if the photographer shows a lot of photos of people looking like they
are having the times of their lives you can rest easy that this
photographer probably knows a thing or two about making people feel
totally confident in front of the camera. From here you
can make a firm decision about who the best photographer for you
is. Not every photographer is the perfect match for you. So trust
your gut feeling also.
Congratualtions! You have just successfully passed your first step in relaxing in your photos.
STEP TWO: MAKE THE EFFORT TO SCRUB UP!
much as I am super comfortable in my old tracksuit pants and an old
worn cotton t-shirt, I am not going to lie: I feel like the antithesis
of glamour. You know the feeling when you duck out to the shops in your
I'm-slobbing-around-the-house-get-up and you happen to see someone you
know so you go from aisle to aisle hoping to hell they won't see you?
You don't feel at all confident do you?
If you're going to get
your photos done, make an effort to go to town with your outfits, hair
and make up. When you look smokin' hot you feel good. And
that's a great place to start from.
When you're dressed up in
your finery (and this is super easy for wedding photos) it almost puts
you in character, like you're someone else and this makes it very easy
to let go and be a little bit more adventurous. Like you're on
stage in a play.
Congratulations, you have passed step two.
STEP THREE: CHOOSE A KICK-ARSE LOCATION!
are so lucky to live here on the far north coast of NSW.
Discounting those times Justin Bieber comes to town, Byron Bay is
just spectacular! There are so many locations to do photos just
in Byron Bay that I would be here all day listing them. If you
want country photos, we've got country styled locations. Beach
photos? Well, we've got one or two beaches to choose from.
of your wildest dreams when it comes to photos. Don't just settle
for standing against a brick wall because it's easy! Suffer for
your art, I say! Make the trip worth it to get amazing photos
rather than just nice ones.
When you are in a location that
makes you say "whoa!" then you are creating an excited buzz of
adrenalin inside you and that in turn will help you enjoy the
experience just that little bit more.
Imagine standing at the
top of the most Easterly Point in Australia (for you novices that would
be at the Byron Bay Lighthouse), the wind is blowing in your hair, you
can hear the waves crashing below on the rocks and cliffs, you're
looking hot and your photographer asks you to snuggle in to your
partner a little bit. You're going to be taking in all those sensations
and to tell the truth, you will probably be loving the moment.
Step three, done!
STEP FOUR: LIVE LAUGH LOVE
all know that (expletive) song from Frozen right? "Let It Go"
(apologies to everyone who now has to spend the rest of the day with
this tune in their head). Hopefully you have chosen a photographer who
has a great sense of humour and encourages you to be silly and enjoy
the moment. Trust them. They know what looks good in photos.
they ask you to dance, dance! Enjoy it! If they ask you to play a
silly game, play the game! Forget they're there. Be in the
moment. Focus on your partner or children and enjoy that moment with
them. When I photograph couples or famillies or recently married
lovebirds, I play a lot of games with them, all designed to get their
mind of having their photos taken and to just be.
Know that most
photographers are in it to create amazing photos, seriously the good
ones are not going to make you look like crap. It's really not in their
best interest to have lack-lustre work!
So we've got your perfect photographer, you're looking
absolutely fabulous, and you're in a location people from overseas can
only dream about visiting someday ... surely that's going to go a long
way to making you feel like right now, at this point in time, you have
everything you want in the world. Why wouldn't you want to let it go
and soak up every ounce of goodness that moment has to offer?
hope this has shed some light on steps to take to ensure your
confidence in getting your portraits taken or contemplate your wedding
photography. Please feel free to share this post if you think
someone would benefit.
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