Body Image Insecurities and Photography. As a Personal Branding Photographer I always experience a bit of a rocky start in the Spring (after that looong winter hibernation), when the mantra of most (potential) clients is ‘I want a shoot so bad, but I am not ready! Need to get into shape. Lose 10 pounds. My eczema is driving me crazy. My arms are flab’. Seriously ladies (do men have those issues?), striving for ‘perfection’ is such BS., and as Liz Gilbert put it- ‘perfection is fear disguised’. Here’s a few tips on how to approach a potential photo-opp, feeling really freaking fabulous about your physique:
-keep calm & trust the magic powers of your photographer- most of us (professional ones with extensive experience photographing women, that is) will know exactly how to find the most flattering light, angles & poses to reveal your best features (and disguise something you wouldn’t want to show). We will give you lots of direction, and make you feel fabulous. Not only you’ll get awesome photos, you will feel empowered and somewhat transformed after a successful session. If something needs to be smoothed out, tucked, blurred.. we have our secret tools, so no worries (yay for photoshop!).
- get professionally pampered beforehand. That can include hair cut/ color, facial (a week or so pre- shoot), and definitely a *professional* makeup and hairstyling on the day of. This is super important, and do not skip it- even if you profess to be ‘super natural/ never were makeup’. Stylists will make your face ‘photo ready’, with high quality products and knowledge how things look on camera versus through the naked eye.
Also, manicure (pedicure) is a must!
- hit up your fairy godmother, a.k.a. 'Rent the Runway’ or other rental house for your wardrobe needs, if your next excuse is ‘nothing to wear! no time to shop!’. From sparkly dresses, and furry vests to chunky necklaces, they have it all! It’s like your personal adult dress-up extravaganza, what's not to love about it?!
- take care of yourself. If you are like me, who generally leads a healthy lifestyle, you might do a juicing cleanse/ a mini detox for a few days in the week leading to your time on camera. It will make your skin glow, give you tons of energy and generally make you feel lighter. Do not indulge in salty food (bye- bye anchovy /olive pizza) or booze in the few days prior to your shoot. Instead, drink lots of water, to flush out toxins, and hydrate your skin! Do not exercise too hard on the day of the shoot- you don’t want to look exhausted.
Most of all, bring your true, confident self. You are ‘Perfect' EXACTLY THE WAY YOU ARE and good photography will reveal it, I promise!
Feel free to add to the list above! Any other tips? Do YOU feel ready for a shoot?