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5 Tips to Help You to Relax in Front of the Camera

  • December 16, 2022

It’s inevitable, you know it, a camera will appear and you’ll have your photo taken and you’re absolutely dreading it. Why? Look, it’s easier to accept it – honestly. If you’re trying to hide, shy away, keep your mouth closed or give out, you’ll still end up with a photograph but it’s not going to be pretty. Let’s talk about making this whole thing easier for you.

1. Find the Right Photographer

This is such an important step. You’re baring yourself to this person, however briefly, so make sure that you find the right photographer for you and for the occasion you’ve got in mind.

Not very wedding photographer is a great newborn photographer and vice versa. Not every photographer is the right person to take your professional headshots and not every photographer is the right person to have rolling around on the ground with your toddler. Check out their work, fall in love with it, want it. This is so important.

Next up, enquire – chat with them, get a feel for who they are and see if you can get on with them. Ask them any questions that you might have about how they work and what they do so that you can feel like you know them a little.

Sandra Coote of Crafts of Ireland lying upside down in a bed of raw, wool from her own sheep, squidging it with her hands and laughing with her eyes closed.

2. Dress for You

What? Well, it’s easy for us to give you guidance on what to wear for your photographs, but the most important thing is that you feel comfortable. Don’t just wear what you think you should for the photos, if you’re going to spend all day tugging at a low cut top to make sure it sits right or twisting the cuff on a sleeve so that it stays in line. Don’t wear something that makes you go ‘ew’ when you look in the mirror because you can change your clothes, but not a photograph.

In black and white, a mother on a two seater couch holding her newborn. She has her legs up on the sofa and is looking down at her baby. Mum has long dark hair and is wearing jeans and a white top.

3. Have a Coffee with your Photographer

Take 15 at the start of your session to sit down and have a cuppa with your photographer. Get to know them a little and let them get to know you! If you’ve got some nervous babbling to get out of the way, then now’s the time to do it. Your photographer will appreciate the chance to get to know you and to make you feel comfortable in their company so that when they’re pointing their camera at you, everyone’s a little less weird about it.

Woman's hands holding a mindfulness ceramic mug. She has rings on both of her ring fingers. Her top is purple and there's a white vest underneath, visible at the neck line.

4. Move, Move and Move

This isn’t the early 1900s. The days of standing stock still, unsmiling and fearful are long gone. Unless your photographer is asking you to stay still for something specific, just keep moving! Have something in your hands, move it around, switch hands. Is it coffee? Drink it, cup it, keep your hands warm. Fix your hair. Look up, look down, look over there. Fix that vase of flowers, turn the pages of that book. Whatever you do, just move. Is this a family session? Interact! Cuddle, tickle, play, straighten their clothes, play peekaboo, run, dance – the list of movements is endless. Movement distracts you and the bonus is that it makes for great photographs!

Girl in a floral dress from Rashida and Noah with long brown hair spinning around in the living room. The light is hazy coming in from the windows, there's a tree and a sofa in the background. The wooden floor is shiny.

5. Finally, Ask

If you’ve got questions, concerns or ideas, pause for a moment and talk to your photographer. If you think you’ve had a smashing idea, there’s no point emailing your photographer about it later, talk to them during the shoot and see what they think. If you’re unsure of what your photographer wants you to do during the session, talk to them and ask them what they would like you to do. Photographers are strange, chatty creatures (at least, we are…), so conversation is always welcome!

Parent's upturned hands, together - dad on the bottom, then mum, palms up. Two little boys have placed their hands palm down on mum's hand. The whole family summed up in one photo.