There are a huge variety of emotions when we meet our clients; some are thrilled about the prospect of getting glammed up and striking a pose, and others cringe when they even think about their senior shoot. It can feel like an enormous amount of pressure to be in front of the camera with a stranger (your photographer), and to be taking photos that will last a lifetime, can feel insurmountable. But, you don’t need to stress. It’s our goal to make things easier on you and your nerves. Here’s a few tips for calming down anxiety as your big day approaches:
-Know that your photographer wants the best for you! Whether your photographer is a close friend or someone you’ve just met, know that they want the very best images for you. They truly want to celebrate your story and help you, and if they push you to try new things, it’s usually because they know you can do it! They also have the experience and knowledge to give you the images you are dreaming of, so trust them.
-Have an open mind: Your photographer has a great creative vision. Trust us, most photographers have this vision, and sometimes it means you’ll be wading into water on a beach, or strutting your stuff in an urban, downtown shopping center, but going into your session with an open mind and a great attitude will reflect in your photos. Smile and relax, and go with the flow…your photos will reflect this and will give you the photos where you look like YOU.
-Be well rested and fed: No matter what time you have booked your session, be sure to get lots of rest and eat a healthy meal or two beforehand. Having a full stomach makes your head clearer and protein can calm down an anxious stomach. It can also prevent nervous headaches, which can make everything seem stressful. If you are so nervous you can’t eat a heavy meal, try a smoothie or protein drink to keep your energy up (also string cheese, or almonds, which won’t stain your clothing).
-Ask plenty of questions beforehand: Most photographers love having clients ask them questions. If everyone feels comfortable and prepared, the sessions always go much easier for both parties! If you’re worried about a big pimple that appeared right before your shoot or you are self conscious about your weight or height, tell your photographer so they can help find poses you’ll feel great about.
Lastly, remember it’s an experience, not just a photoshoot. It’s hard to be stressed out when you’re laughing and having a good time, so do your best to enjoy the moment. We want your senior session to be something you look back on and smile about every time you see your photos….even years down the road.