How To Overcome Anxiety During A Photoshoot

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Location: Find a nice and chilled location with not a lot of people around. It will give you less anxiety that way.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!






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J Brand White Denim

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  1. La Bijoux Bella| by mia on January 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Always a beautiful post … you you look fabulous in that fluffy coat! ????

    ?❄️?LA BIJOUX BELLA ?❄️?| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  2. didieryhc on January 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    OMG I used to be so awkward and anxious before shooting photos of myself! Thankfully it got easier with time! You always do a wonderful job with posing mind you!


  3. Simi on January 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you for all of these tips.. When I shot one time in the big busy time, people were looking at us and I didnt feel comfy but the second time I toldvmyself to enjoy it..:)

  4. Charmaign on January 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the tip Miss Gunner! I will definitely keep this in mind everytime 🙂 and I’ll definitely not worry about what people think! Love your work always xx

  5. Neha Walia on January 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Loved reading this babe. I am sometimes ok and sometimes I get super aware of people around me. I’m blessed to have my hubby who is always telling me to focus on the work and not worry about the crowd. I’ve had a few friendly people come and talk to me or smile and it’s actually nice. We do live in a world where a lot of people take photos on daily basis and I feel like somehow everyone around us is changing too and they aren’t bothered much. But thanks again for sharing your experiences xx

  6. The Velvet Runway on January 8, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    These are great tips! I always try to find the quietest place possible as I still feel really uncomfortable taking photos!
    I love your fur coat – such a gorgeous colour!
    Julia x

  7. K MEETS STYLE (@kmeetsstyle) on January 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    I am in love with this skirt!!

  8. Itzel Najar on January 9, 2018 at 7:40 am
  9. Esther on January 9, 2018 at 8:03 am

    So beautiful to read. I always try my best to prepare, but there is still room for improvement.
    Keep up the great work.

    Love, Esther

  10. Shloka on January 9, 2018 at 9:17 am

    All such wonderful tips from such a pro!!


  11. poseandrepeat on January 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I love this post Ash and it is all totally true!! Great advice on shooting earlier in the day and I think just not worrying about what other people are doing or saying about you helps massively!!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  12. Short Girl Long Jacket on January 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Love your coat and great tips! I now keep a list of outfits I want to shoot in my phone, so if one day I’m wearing something I really love but don’t have the chance to shoot it I’ll have it saved for later 🙂 Also it really helps to shoot with a photographer you feel comfortable with, the photos will turn out awkward if you feel awkward in your company.

  13. andreeabirsan92 on January 10, 2018 at 4:11 am

    These shots are so sweet! Love your fur jacket and I tend to do the same, if I see some shots I like, I save them and then try to take some similar ones. As for shooting early in the morning, that can be pretty useful to also get rid of the people in the background. Wishing you a great day! xx


  14. Lauren on January 10, 2018 at 6:06 am

    These photos are just stunning and you have a beautiful blog! Lovely coat!


  15. Zinny on January 10, 2018 at 7:34 am

    You look amazing in that coat! Thanks for these tips, I sometimes feel shy when I’m about to take photos but I’m slowly getting used to outdoor photography now.

  16. Sydney on January 10, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I love this post so much!! I sometimes get extremely shy in front of the camera especially when someone shoots me who isn’t my boyfriend. I will definitely try and use these tips for the future!
    Thanks xx

  17. The pink pineapple on January 10, 2018 at 6:04 pm
  18. nisthasaraf on January 10, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    What a lovely way to style that faux fur coat. Great post dear!

  19. Stacy on January 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    The only one blogger and the blog that I actually read. It’s so well written and so interesting to read Ashley! I never thought that I would ever read a blog but yours I’ve been reading for over the year now and it’s only getting better and more interesting!

    Keep up the great work ?

    Big Hugs ?

  20. Lisa Autumn on January 11, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Ahhh this was so helpful Ashley!

    xx Lisa |

  21. Jessi Malay on January 11, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Great post babe! Focusing on myself and making sure I’m in the best location always helps me when shooting! Glad you shared this love <3

    XO, Jessi

  22. adrianaf20 on January 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Great tips and I love love the location! Prague is gorgeous!

    The Black Blush

  23. Deasy on January 12, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for your tips! I definitely get anxiety shooting in front of people, so I need to keep in mind shooting in the morning as a good time to do it!

  24. Mile High Dreamers on January 14, 2018 at 4:09 am

    I love this! When Ben started shooting videos for his Nutrition Mission YouTube, it was definitely weird for BOTH of us to be out in public with him talking about health and nutrition while I filmed haha. Now, after doing it so many times, we don’t even notice! The more you do it, the less sensitive you get about it. AND, it really does help to remind yourself not to worry about what other people think. These are your DREAMS your chasing! It’s worth a little awkwardness!
    Always love these posts!

    Susie |

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