The thing I hear most frequently from people before their session is that they aren’t good at acting natural in front of the camera, or that they aren’t photogenic. Honestly (and no offense meant), most people aren’t!! Having your picture taken by a professional is weird! I’ve been photographed a couple of times, and I can also attest to those feelings of nervousness and terror that come along with preparing for a session. It’s rare that someone actually enjoys having their picture taken. And those people usually make a profession out of it. For the rest of us, we need help. My goal during a session is to make the process as easy as possible on ya’ll. I try to make it fun, mostly at the expense of myself, but, hey, if people are laughing, who cares if it’s because it’s at me and not with me, right? I embarrassed myself a few times with Liz and Craig, but it’s all good. They are smiling naturally and look relaxed, so I call it a win!
See?!?! They think I’m hilarious!
So the moral of the story is, don’t let your fears about having your picture taken keep you from documenting your life. Now let’s grab the guitar for some Kumbaya around the fire. 😉