Lately, I have to admit, I've developed a semi-serious YouTube addiction. I know it's no excuse, but it's the end of summer so I've already caught up on every old show, and the fall premiers haven't come out yet. I have found myself mesmerized by several vloggers. In case you don't know what a vlog is, it is basically a video blog. People pull out their cameras, selfie style, and just take you along with them through their day. What really amazes me is how natural they are in front of a camera. My husband and I can't even get it together to make a four second video for Grandma saying a quick "Happy Birthday" without completely losing it. Being that I am a photographer, I hardly find myself on the opposite side of the camera, and when I do I always feel super uncomfortable! Since I know what it feels like, I try my very best to get people laughing and having fun in a natural real way, but here are a few suggestions you can do to help yourself feel a bit more calm.
Maybe those yogis really got it right. Close your eyes. Inhale. Exhale. Pretty simple huh? Let the camera snap. snap. snap. Yes, its true, you make look a bit silly in those first fifteen practice shots but just ignore everything else and take a moment to relax. No one will ever see those anyways. The truth is, while they might not admit it to your face, every photographer needs a few minutes to test different settings on the cameras when you get to your location anyways to make sure the lighting is right and you will actually be doing them a big favor by taking a moment to compose yourself.
It's the age old "Imagine the audience in their underpants" spiel. Whoever made that up wasn't far off. Imagining you are somewhere in your every day life can really help you look like you truly are in your every day life. Forget you are standing in front of a camera and pretend you just walked in the door from work to see your Boyfriend holding a dozen roses for you. Imagine your baby running up to hug you and saying "Mama!". Pretend you are holding a Starbucks and taking a lazy stroll through the park and laughing with friends. Go to your happy place, and it will show in your expression. So though there is something to the age old advise, unless you spend a lot of time with people in their underpants regularly this isn't exactly where I want you're imagination to go.
Do you guys remember the last scene in Toy Story 3 where the Barbie is like "Bye. Buh Bye. Bye now". (I'll put in a link at the bottom for those of you who don't remember.) What I'm trying to say is that anyone starts to feel like they've got a plastic smile plastered on to their face. Ask any bride, and that's pretty much what they'll describe how they'll describe their wedding day. The point is, after a while your smile will start to look really forced. Not all pictures of you need to have a smile. Everyone has a whole gamut of wonderful expressions that just scream YOU. What's the best way to look natural? Be natural. Talk to your photographer. Tell them something that happened in your life that week. Tell them a story about your dog. Tell them a deep dark secret. Again, you might look a little silly in a few of the photos, but between the silly ones is where the magic happens. A smile here, a glance there, and BAM, its you.
That's all for now guys. I hope this helped. Let's get together and take some awesome photos!
Love <3 Jordana