I’d say 80% of the people who come in my door dread the idea of having their photo taken. They are coming here because they “have to.” A few even said they would rather go to the dentist. That is why I specialize in “pain free” photography. But still, it will help you to know a few things before you come in.
The first is: You’ve got this. You’re a professional. You are good at what you do. This photo is to complement to you. (Watch my video about Confidence and Approchability for more on that. )
Secondly: Be prepared for the normal human reaction when it comes time to look at your photos. Because of the high-pressure veneer society we live in, you are going to see your physical flaws in that photo. But that’s not what I see. I am going to see all of your perfections in that same photo.
So for example, what I see in my photos is that I have rabbit teeth, a freaky eye, 11 lines in my forehead, huge nostrils, a jowly mouth and a pug nose. And the fact that I am now in my 40s.
But if I’m in my photo session, feeling that way about myself, do you think I’m going to be able to get a photo that is confident and approachable? Yikes.
Third: to get my point on this, check out this video, which is a pretty amazing, by Dove:
Fourth: If you tend to be a little hard on yourself, I want you to watch a TED talk by Ann Cuddy, entitled “Your Body Language May shape who you are.”
Fake it untill you make it!
One of the points I want you to take away from that is to fake it until you make it. To clarify, I do not want to get a fake picture out of you. But the point is, the more confident that you can build yourself up for your picture session, it’s going to help you get a better picture that day.