I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait Photographer

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait Photographer

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait Photographer

I have a confession to make.  I’m a photographer, and I’ve been doing this professionally for almost six years and as a serious hobby for almost a quarter of a century.   But you know what?  I **HATE** being IN photos.  I feel massively awkward.  I never know what to do with my hands.  I slouch!  My smile feels and looks forced.

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait PhotographerBut Mira (you say), you pose people ALL THE TIME.  You prompt genuine emotion!  What do you mean you don’t know what to do once you’re on the other side of the camera?

In my sessions, I am constantly adjusting the people I’m photographing.  You may not even notice — I may change the angle I’m shooting from, and I may suggest a slight change in how you’re standing.  Or, I may just keep chatting (when I was a kid, my mother would say I never stopped talking, and that serves me well in this line of work!) and you don’t even notice that I’m waiting to snag that split second perfect moment.

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait PhotographerWhen I’m in front of the camera instead of behind it, it turns out I can’t do ANY of that.  I have to just trust the person behind the camera to do all those things that I’m usually doing in parallel, all the things that my years of experience have my hands and eyes and brain doing without even thinking consciously about it a lot of the time.

I often hear from clients, and prospective clients that they hate being in front of the camera, that they “aren’t photogenic” or have always hated having their picture taken.  I’m here to say: I FEEL YOU!  I totally understand because that is my experience as well.

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait PhotographerI recently had a fun opportunity with some colleagues to photograph each other.  It was outdoors, we kept our distance, and you know what?  We ALL felt super awkward in front of the camera.  Several members of the group were worried about “covid hair” or “covid weight” — some of us (::cough:: me ::cough::)  popped into the frame for the absolute minimum amount of time allowed and then hopped back out again we felt SO awkward.  Within this group, there were decades of photography experience, but we all still felt super awkward when we had to step out of our comfort zone behind the camera and into the spotlight.  For many of us, we don’t get in front of the camera very often and it was a fantastic reminder of how many of our clients feel when they step in front of our cameras.

Here are some of my favorites of one of my colleagues I was lucky enough to get to photograph (and she asks me to assure you she was definitely one of the ones who felt awkward in front of the camera 😉 ).

 

I Hate Having My Picture Taken | Tips | Greater Boston Portrait Photographer

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