Last week I asked you to tell me what you want to read about on my blog. I got a lot of responses about the practicalities (impracticalities!) of shooting in public – so here are some of my tips of how to overcome your photoshoot anxiety.
I’ll start with a little story about how it all started for me. My all-time favourite fashion blogger is Aimee Song from Song of Style – she was such a huge inspiration for me when I was starting out. I remember there was a shoe shot that I saw her do and I wanted get that same shoe, so I got all dolled up (yup even just for a picture of my shoes) and we went out to our little backyard with my point and shoot camera and boom, we took a shot of my shoes. We looked at the photo and basically we couldn’t stop laughing. It was the most horrendous photo.
At the time I knew nothing about photography, lighting, finding the right backdrops etc. and of course it made me want to quit before I even started! There was no way I was going to go outside and shoot after that. So I figured if I just buy a backdrop and shoot everything at home, the problem would be solved! That didn’t work either, because people don’t want to see an outfit with a white back drop – that’s what catalogues are for.
Eventually I worked up the courage to go and shoot outside with Scott and Miss Gunner came to life, and since then I shoot with photographers I don’t know in locations all over the place. I just wanted you to know that a few years ago I didn’t dare dream of shooting outside, and now I shoot almost everyday – outside, in front of a crowd. If you’ve been in this situation, here are some of my tips!
- Preparation: When I first starting out I used to take screen grabs of the shots that I loved and then try to put my take on them. So if you see something you like, just save it and try to style a similar shot. It makes it easier for your photographer to know exactly what you want.
- The right outfit: The night before my shoots I style all my outfits from shoes, accessories and take an iPhone shot of it so I know exactly what goes with what and it makes the preparation for your shoot much quicker and more efficient, rather than just fumbling through your things, thinking about accessories etc. on the day.
- Timing: I can’t tell you how crucial this is. If you are really shy, definitely try to shoot very early in the morning when there are not many people out.
- Location: Find a nice and chilled location with not a lot of people around. It will give you less anxiety that way.
- Focus on yourself, not others: Don’t worry, they are not talking about you. You might think that people are judging you – one blogger wrote to me that she’s worried that people are judging and saying, “Oh that’s another wannabe blogger.” I don’t think most people care. Most of the time if you just smile and look friendly, people might just want to say hi and ask what you’re up to. With all my years of blogging, no one has ever yelled out anything bad to me. Sometimes the boys are a bit cheeky, even if Scott’s behind the camera, but we both just laugh and wave. Don’t make a thing out of it. Blogging is my full time job. I have deadlines and campaigns to meet. I have to pay my photographers per hour to shoot and I have a lot of emails and editing to do so the quicker I get this done the more time I will have to do my other tasks.
- Self-affirmation: Take a deep breath in and say, “I look amazing!” Yup, self affirmation is key. If you feel anxious, you will see it in your face and it will show in your photos – you’ll look like a deer in the headlights. Not a good look. You’re already gone to all this effort of looking good and scouting out a location, so make it count!
- Have fun! Don’t forget to smile! You are there to have a great time and connect. Enjoy it!
Thank you so much for reading guys! I would love to know your tips overcoming the fears that arise from blogging, so leave a few tips in the comment section below!! I know you guys know how to work it!