Hello there lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a long time now – ‘Taking pictures in public‘. How do you do it? The struggle has been real. I choose my outfit, do my hair and makeup, find the perfect spot with the ultimate lighting on a perfect time of day but end up feeling so awkward when there are a million eyes on you. HAHA. At least it feels that way.
I’m talking about this because that’s exactly how I felt when I put on this dress and those boots. Now if I were just walking out of the door and going on a date with my husband I wouldn’t think twice about putting this on. But the moment the camera comes along with us on that date I get pretty nervous. So we almost always try to find a location where I can just be myself. Otherwise it really shows in the pictures.
Here are some tips I’m planning on trying going forward (some I have tried and worked).
- Location matters – Suppose you find that perfect location but there are lots of people around you, I would suggest waiting for majority of the people to pass behind you, so they can’t directly stare at you while you are posing. This has helped me.
- Do not, absolutely do not look around you to see who is looking back. I’ve done this and it only makes it worse. I get more nervous and then we’re done.
- Select a time of day when you think there would be less people around. We normally shoot on sunday mornings or afternoons, weekday mornings would work too. We sometimes shoot on weekday mornings after we are done dropping the kids off and before I get to work. I normally only have 15-20 mins so my location and outfits are all planned for the night before.
- Office buildings, in and around coffee shops or shooting behind downtown stores. You will see fewer people around.
- Do a few practice shots before you get into the mode of shooting. This has helped me quite a bit. The first few pictures I take are almost always discarded. As I ease into the shoot I take better pictures.
- Using props. HAHA In this case my kids. I start off a shoot taking pictures with the kids at times. This helps me get pictures with them (because they never want to be in them) and also helps me ease in. So whether its the kids or puppies or other pets, get them in the photo with you.
- Start by taking a picture of the photographer. I have so few pictures of my husband. 🙁 So I try to take a few pictures of him. He’s shy and doesn’t like to be in them. This helps me not only get a few pictures of him, but also helps me guide him and let him know where I’d like to shoot, at what angle and what lighting I like as well. Easier than talking about it. 🙂
That’s it for today. If you have any other tips, please comment below. As always I’d love to hear your thoughts xoxo
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