Lets just get real here, self confidence is beautiful.
Not everyone can pull this look off though. As a photographer it is my job to help my client to feel confident, beautiful, handsome, or sexy depending on what your session is about. The main feeling I want my client to have is confidence during their session. When they feel confident the end result is a better photo and remembering that feeling when they look at their photos.
Take it from me, a girl that went from weighing 150 to 280 pounds, self confidence was not my forte let alone jumping in front of the camera. When a picture was taken of me the first thing I would see is all my flaws….look at my double chin, GOD IM SO FAT!
BUT WAIT! In today’s society, the outward appearance is what we base our self confidence though.
Yes, that is one part of having confidence, feeling and accepting your body the way it is. Seriously though, what I am learning is it is so much more than just your body image.
A good friend of mine just told me that she loved to see how confident I am getting..???? wait, but I still haven’t lost weight and I haven’t seen you in a couple months…how the heck am I getting any more confident than I was before?
SELF CONFIDENCE = BELIEVING IN YOUR SELF AND YOUR ABILITIES
How does this translate into Photos? One of the hardest photo shoots, yet most rewarding, is the boudoir shoot. Where a man, woman, or couple become vulnerable to their audience. If the photographer is not confident in their abilities their clients will feel it as well.
As a client you can….
The number one thing your can do to help is to get to know your photographer and let them get to know you. It is so important to get to know your photographer. What they like in general and about themselves, so that way you can help them relax and have fun with the photo shoot.
With boudoir shoots, as a client you are exposed. If you are not confident or comfortable in their photographer the session will be awkward and more importantly the final product will not be flawless. A photo is meant to evoke emotion and take the person to that time and relive that experience, so your photo might be the sharpest, most beautiful display of your client, however if you remember feeling less confident than you should that is what they will remember.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty….
It comes down to the fact that you are beautiful both inside an out. Your inside make up is beautiful, so regardless if you weigh 120 pounds or 300 pounds does not play into affect at all. Look deep inside you, what are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing the most? What are you good at?
Here is a doozy….WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR BODY?
Next time you look at a picture of yourself, regardless of what type of photo it is, take the time to see the good in yourself. How your eyes light up, how you smile, how soft your skin looks, how much you enjoyed doing the shoot, how awesome your hair looked. Once you have noticed the good about your physical aspects, start looking at the picture in thinking of all the good things that your able to do, be apart of, how much you are loved and how much you love others, how you help others.