As a photographer, I think it is good practice to put myself in my client’s shoes. When doing a recent tea party shoot , I got dressed up and asked my friend to snap a few photos of me. As soon as the camera was pointed at me, I had no idea what to do with myself and I was overcome with anxiety. I had to ask, “What should I be doing with my face?” “Do I look okay?” “How should I pose?” Getting photographed can be hard. I had to rely on and trust my photographer, which can seem scary.
What’s even scarier is editing photos of myself. It’s true what they say; “you are your worst critic.” Looking through the photos, I hated every image of myself. I then had to stop and go through my pictures again, trying to pretend that I was looking at a stranger and see my positives. I only hope that when receiving their images, my clients see what I see and are not too hard on themselves.
In the end, I think I came out with some good shots. I now remember how scary it can be to be a photography client and hope to keep these thoughts in mind and put my clients at ease during my upcoming sessions.