Getting your picture taken, whether it’s a selfie with a tripod or by a professional photographer, can be nerve-wracking. Unfortunately, as women in today’s society, we can often hold a lot of insecurities about our bodies and the way we look. But there are ways to overcome those insecurities and rock what your mamma gave ya! Today, I’m here to give you some tips on how to go from looking awkward in front of the camera to looking confident and allowing your personality to shine through, because let’s be real, that’s what truly makes up a person’s beauty.
PRACTICE IN THE MIRROR. I know it sounds so silly and you may even feel full of yourself making faces in the mirror for 10 minutes, but that’s okay! Trust me. I practice in the mirror all the time. Seeing what you look like and knowing what expressions and poses make you feel and look good is key to being confident in photos.
MAKE YOURSELF FEEL SPECIAL. Whether that means you glue on some fake eyelashes to up the glam or have a professional style your hair. Do something that you wouldn’t normally do that will make you feel a little extra special. These little things can go a long way when it comes to boosting your confidence.
BE YOURSELF. Don’t be afraid to let your spunky self shine through. Allow yourself to laugh, be silly and have fun! Faces other than a smile are totally acceptable. 😉
MATCH YOUR BRAND. Let’s not forget that these photos are for professional purposes. No, they don’t have to be stuffy, but they should match your brand. What are your brand colors? The easiest way to connect your headshots to your brand is by incorporating those colors through your clothes, accessories and backgrounds. For example, stripes and metallic gold are two major parts of my visual brand. So, I rocked a black and white stripe shirt and a metallic gold headband!
UTILIZE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS. Running out of faces and poses, but you still want to have some more variety in your headshots? Have no fear, popcorn is here! Well, at least it was for me. I love popcorn and am currently obsessing over it, so I threw some in an adorable popcorn box and I rocked it. It gave me something to do while shooting besides just awkwardly not knowing where to put my hands PLUS added some variety to my photos. Some other suggestions are throwing confetti (like I did here), drinking your favorite drink while using a cute printed, paper straw, holding books/notebooks/iPad, blowing bubbles, or try holding some giant foil balloons that are the initials of your business’ name.
That’s it for today and I will see you all after the holiday. If you celebrate Christmas or anything around this time of year, I hope you have an amazing time with family and friends. Be present in every moment and soak it all in. It goes by quick and then it’s back to the grind!