If there’s anything that brings my insecurities and self-doubt up to the surface in full-force, it’s standing in front of a camera, hoping I don’t look ridiculous and completely silly.
Which is exactly how I felt last week when I got new head shots taken.
And while I think they turned out pretty awesome, I have to be honest and let you know that the entire process was incredibly nerve-racking.
I knew the vibe I wanted the pictures to have.
I wanted them to feel fresh, friendly, bright, and approachable.
But still, I was worried my smile looked forced or my hair was doing something weird. I was worried that the photos wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted them to look. And, man, it was super stressful!
So, if you’re about to get some new head shots taken for your business, I get how scary it can be.
Here are my tips on how to feel authentic, brave, and beautiful:
Wear what makes you feel good.
If you’re into long flowy dresses, wear that. If you’re more of a leather jacket and army boots gal, rock it. When you’re wearing what feels good to you, you’ll feel more like yourself and we can totally feel that through your photos.
Deep breaths. Let that oxygen in and the anxiety out. Feel your shoulders drop into a comfortable position. You’ve got this.
Think about how you want to feel.
Do you wanna feel luxurious or friendly or fierce? Channel these feelings instead of focusing on the awkwardness and fear that may be creeping in.
Whoever you are, be that person. Don’t try to put on a facade or pretend to be someone you’re not. We want to see the real you.
You’re more beautiful when you’re laughing. It’s a fact. :) Plus, it loosens you up, helps you relax, and makes you feel more connected to yourself. If you’ve got a great photographer, they can totally help you with this.
I mean, I honestly can’t say enough great things about my photographer, Evan Baker.
He made me feel confident, relaxed, and like I could be myself in front of the camera, which is exactly what I needed. Those pictures of me with a huge smile? That’s all him making me laugh.
And when I saw the first few glimpses of my photos, I knew he captured the vibe I wanted perfectly.
But he’s not only a super awesome photographer – he’s also a musician with his work featured in ads for Michael Kors, CBSnews.com, and H&M. His songs are gorgeous and you can listen to them here. So cool!
Since I’m such a huge fan of Evan and his work, I’d love for us to support him and all his creative ventures.
Last month Evan launched his very own Patreon campaign. Here’s a video of him explaining what Patreon is and how it works (click play)…beard and all.
Here’s the short version:
He creates content regularly (original music, photos, graphic design, and more…). He’ll be posting all of it on his Patreon page, all in one convenient spot. If you like his work, you can subscribe to his page, and thus, become his “Patron”.
Here’s a handy list of all of the places you can find Evan and his work online:
Let’s show Evan some love and kudos for creating and sharing such amazing art with us!
(And if you’re ever in San Jose, CA, definitely hire Evan to take some gorgeous photos of you!)