Being in front of a camera is difficult. Trust us, we know. It's a lot of attention just on yourself in a position you don't usually do trying to channel a natural expression. That's a lot of focus!
But one thing I find that works tremendously to make sessions more relaxing is to have people think about someone they love. Or a fond memory with someone they love. Seriously, try it! Think of your very best friend, think of your favorite memory with them. Your focus has shifted completely, hasn't it? I realized the power of this simple trick when I was on an engagement shoot with two of my close friends.
This should have been a relaxing experience, right? I mean we've all known each other for years! But they revealed to me at the start of the shoot they they both felt rather nervous before the session. Okay, so I had to divert the focus from myself and my camera. As soon as I gave them a direction, "slow dance under that tree," "run through that field!" the tone completely changed because their focus was on one another instead of me and my camera.
As soon as you put your mind on someone who warms your heart and makes you feel like a million dollars it's so much easier to relax, whether you are with a photographer or not. Give it a try! Whether you're stressed, tired, or standing in a studio for that headshot session, thinking about your very favorite person can change the mood completely. And those smiles will so wonderfully genuine.
Do you have any tips or tricks for relaxing in front of the camera? Comment below or tweet us @mjbhomeent!