My top 7 tips for how to feel confident and relaxed during your photo shoot in Portland, OR
If you are like most of my clients, you have no idea how to “look sexy” in your photos and you certainly don’t feel confident. In normal every day life, I totally feel like I’m not that girl, so I totally get it. I’m excited to share with you my top 7 tips for how to feel confident and relaxed during your boudoir or beauty photo shoot at my studio in Portland, OR.
Tip #1: Have Fun!
If your goal is to get great shots, you may feel more nervous or even overwhelmed. But it’s my job to get the great shots and all you need to do is relax, trust me, and focus on having fun! If your smile is fake, it will be noticeable in your images. But if you are genuinely having a great time, you’ll have an extra sparkle in your eye and you will love your images so much more. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman who was smiling a real smile, who wasn’t beautiful.
Tip #2: Visualize
Visualize your shoot ahead of time! Don’t focus on your nerves or feeling awkward. Instead, picture yourself having a good time, feeling relaxed, looking fantastic, seeing your images afterwards and absolutely loving them.
Visualize it from your point of view, in your own shoes. Do this several times before your shoot. Then when it’s time for your shoot, you will be excited and ready for a fantastic time.
Tip #3: Get inspired
What is confident beauty to you? Everyone has a different picture in their minds of what confident beauty is. It may be dramatic clothing and a serious gaze. Or it may be laughing and having a casual, giggly, fun time.
There are lots of places to look for inspiration such as magazines, photography websites, movies, and art. Communicate with your photographer what style you like and what mood you want to have for your portraits.
Tip #4: Show up with all you’ve got
If you want to feel confident during your boudoir shoot, you’ve got to really be in to the shoot and be open. Posing is my job. But posing is only half of it. Confidence will show up in your photos and you have to bring that. Even if you are just faking it!
Feeling self conscious about your body? Just pretend you aren’t. I know, it seems silly. But when you see your glowing face and your rockin’ curves, you aren’t going to care if your love handles are a bit more lovely than they used to be. Those things will mostly be hidden, anyway, by posing, lighting, and wardrobe.
Come on! Stretch outside your comfort zone and give it all you have.
Tip #5: Remember the context
The sheer fact that you are willing to be in front of the camera being photographed is awesome! It’s powerful and vulnerable at the same time. I love that my clients trust me with this experience.
Tip #6: Use all of your senses
Bring out your sensuality through the use of all 5 of your senses. While at my studio, enjoy some music, indulge in some Ghirardelli, sip on some wine, wear your favorite scent as well as an outfit that makes you feel smokin’ hot. Think on memories that make you blush and smile.
Tip #7: Be yourself
Honor who you are, in this moment. The time is now. You are lovely and beautiful just as you are.
Want to see more info?
Would you l like my free guide on How to Prepare For Your Shoot? I’d be happy to send it to you!
For the privacy of my clients, I try to post only modest boudoir photos online. If you’d like to see my full boudoir gallery, please send me a message and I’d be happy to send you the private link.