If you’re dead set on becoming a model and wish to impress the best modeling agents, a stellar portfolio is what you must have. And for this to happen, you must have your photos taken professionally.
Because of smartphones and social media platforms, taking pictures has evolved from being an occasional occurrence to a regular part of daily life. Today, almost anyone can take a photo and have his or her pictures taken anytime, anywhere.
Despite this, some people still experience camera shyness. In fact, even professional models feel a bit unconfident when posing in front of the camera, especially when a new photographer is in charge.
Whether you’re a full-fledged model or a hopeful who is just starting out, you can use these four pro tips that can help you feel more confident when posing for the camera:
Remember: Bystanders and Passersby Aren’t There to Watch
One of the main reasons why aspiring models feel less confident during a public photoshoot is the presence of other people (i.e., the public). But while the photoshoot may capture their attention for a little while, it is worth remembering that they aren’t at that place and time to watch the shoot unfold.
Taking pictures – even in public places – is no longer a rare occurrence. It certainly isn’t something worth lingering around for. That is, of course, unless a famous celebrity is involved.
Of course, it is wise to have the photo shoot done when fewer people are walking around. If you want to have your pictures taken in a busy place, you should consider scheduling the photoshoot early in the morning or at the end of the day. Aside from avoiding the crowd, these times of the day also offer better natural lighting.
Have Lots of Practice
Remember the adage, “Practice makes perfect”? Well, this also applies to photoshoots.
For you to feel confident in the outcome of the shoot, it is important that you know exactly what you need to do during the event itself. You can do this by practicing in front of a mirror.
Look for the angles you look great in. Find out what difference the light can make for your image. While an expert photographer can help you do this, it is best to try it out on your own, so you would know what to expect before the prints are out.
Wear Something You Feel Confident in
Confidence lies in feeling comfortable in the situation. And what better way to enhance your comfort than to wear something comfortable?
Before posing for the camera, make sure that you like what you’re wearing. It can be made from a material you like, or something that you feel can enhance your beauty ten times over. Whatever the case, a photoshoot is no time to experiment in wearing a super short, mini skirt if you’re not feeling it.
Also, you should always wear comfortable footwear. It can be a stunning pair of high-heeled boots or dazzling flat ballerina shoes. Just make sure that you can walk a couple of miles while wearing them as some photographers can take the shoot wherever, so long as they get a good combination of background and lighting.
Build Rapport with the Photographer
When building your portfolio, you must work with a photographer you have a connection with.
To determine if it’s a match made in heaven, you can have a lighthearted conversation with him or her before you close the deal. Even better, try to talk to different people before finalizing your decision. This way, you will know who will “click” with you and help bring out the best in you in the pictures.
Showcase Your Best Self With Confidence
Starting a career in modeling is no ride in the park. Still, you have to remember that being confident, especially during photoshoots, is crucial in getting your big break in the industry. Try these tried-and-tested tips when posing for the camera, and you’ll surely get portfolio pictures that showcase the best version of yourself.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.
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