Today I have really something interesting to talk about. The topic of how to look good in front of the camera. Yes everyone wants to look good in the pictures right. Quite a fair call I suppose.But not everyone is confident in front of the camera. We get to hear so many times about not feeling confident in front of the camera or simply considering themselves as not so photogenic. It is a common complaint that a lot of wedding photographers have to deal with on a daily basis. Honestly speaking, everyone is photogenic but I know many people won’t agree with this. But trust me this is a fact.
Ok ! so tell me why we need to look good in the pictures. Why it is so important that all our pictures should come out nice.
It’s quite simple everyone wants to look good and everyone wants to present the best of themselves to the world. Pictures are like some water reflection of you. In this era of social media, whether we agree or not. We know we will be judged by people how will look in the pictures. Imagine a Facebook feed, without pictures, would you really like Facebook. Or let’s say Instagram, it is all about pictures. The people are using so many filters, skin smoothening apps, bokeh effect and those portrait modes of your mobile. So all these technology companies are investing so much in technology, just to make you look good.
I remember I was shooting a wedding in Delhi, it was a getting ready session of the bride. I along with my co-shooter was shooting the bride in the hotel room. Let me describe a typical scene in a hotel room where the bride gets ready for a wedding. You may have seen many beautiful pictures of a bride getting ready or some artistic pictures from the session. The reality is totally different. The room is full of chaos and some anxious emotions. You will see open suitcases or luggage. A lot of clothes scattered. A couple of open makeup boxes with all the makeup stuff around the bride. Some used coffee mugs or tea bags. There is a TV unit on the wall, running, which no one is watching. And yes there is an open door of the bathroom which is in a mess. Again some clothes lying around. I will skip the detailing of what sort of clothes are lying. You need to use your own imagination. There is a tense bride running from the makeup chair to the bathroom. The bathroom has the biggest mirror to see how her makeup is turning out to be. She looks in the big mirror in different lighting. Most of the time, the brides are running late. The family is pressurizing to get ready as fast as she can. Mobile phones ringing. Everyone wants to know how much more time she is going to take. Then there is one friend or cousin of the bride who is helping her make the most important decisions of life right now. What could be more important than looking the best on your wedding day? So this is quite a typical scenario of almost every wedding.
Coming back to that Delhi wedding. In all this chaos and frenzy, the mother or the close aunt enters the room. She wants us to click a picture of her with the bride. I really don’t remember whether it was the mum or the aunt. Anyways, she was adjusting herself to be shot by my second shooter. She says to him or rather both of us – “you have to make sure all my pictures at the wedding are perfect”.
Her authoritative tone was more of like an ultimatum! Okay, I may be exaggerating but you get the point 🙂
You know how Indian aunts talks right but then there are some photographers like him who would take instructions very seriously. I could see, he was looking at me with a “look” in his eyes.
Keep your calm and keep on shooting.
Sometimes I really wish shooting a wedding or any photography assignment should be all about photography and nothing else. But the fact is, managing people whether it’s your clients all team members, consume a lot of energy and time. Generally, it goes unnoticed. For most of the people including some newbie wedding photographers believe shooting weddings is all about fun and masti. It’s like a mini paid holiday but it is not. Trust me!
I will not give you the typical tips on how to pose or how to hide the so-called flow so that you look good or photogenic in your pictures. The easiest and the simple way to look good is to be yourself.
Just the way you are, be natural. It’s called being candid or what everyone calls candid photography. This is the reason why so many people prefer or make an assumption that they look good in candid pictures. The number one reason why you don’t look good in posed pictures is that you are too conscious to be clicked.
Loosen up a bit for few seconds just for that picture. You just cannot relate yourself to a posed picture. The only way to avoid it is to be casual and normal in front of the camera. We just make it began our head that I am being clicked. Your eyes become froze or stoned. Either you weirdly control your smile all just go all out with a smile which is not yours. Do you feel anxious while being clicked? It is very similar to holding your pee. How can you look good holding your pee
So next time when you are getting clicked or someone is pointing the camera at you. All you need to do is be yourself.
Feel nice about yourself don’t overcharge yourself. Don’t stress too much about how you are gonna look.
To begin with, start tuning your mind as if you are looking at your loved one. Look at the camera, smile as if you are looking at your loved one. Slowly your mind will transform and adopt this new way of being in front of the camera without an effort.
Initially, it will be an effort. But you will see results. Your current normal is looking awkward in front of the camera. It takes time to let go of how you are in front of the camera. Adopt the new normal. The new normal is being pleasant and natural in front of the camera.
So how many of you can relate to my thoughts. how many of you feel. Anyways I hope you guys like these simple tips. Let me know your thoughts or any fun experiences you had I will be happy to share in my next episode. You can leave a voice message for me if you are using anchor.fm. You can also mail me on navdeep at Navdeep Soni.com. Be sure to subscribe to my podcast if you haven’t already. The podcast is right now available on anchor.fm overcast, pocketcasts and stitcher. Over the next day or two, it will be available on iTunes as well as google podcasts.