How to ease pre-shoot anxiety

How to ease pre-shoot anxiety

How to ease pre-shoot anxiety

Look, if anyone knows anything about anxiety, it’s me. I’ve struggled with anxiety all of my life and being a photographer certainly didn’t ease any of it. I have been both in front of and behind the lens, so I know exactly how you feel when you’re preparing for a session with a photographer whether it be just you, you and your significant other, or the entire gang. It’s going to be stressful and you’re going to question every ounce of this process as you are getting ready. Like what should I wear (shirt, pants, dress, makeup, shoes, hair, accessories), what should HE wear, or WE? What kind of poses will I have to do, or will I be the one in charge of the poses? Ugh, I look FAT, my skin is awful, my hair is frizzy, and my eyebrows are uneven.  What if my kids misbehave, or my boyfriend and I argue on the way there? What if we get lost on the way, what if we’re late, what she’s late? What if I can’t find her when we get there?

These are all common thoughts, questions and feelings we ALL get. Realizing you are not the only one that is anxious is incredibly important to be aware of. As the photographer, I too get anxiety under the pressure to perform. I worry what if I can’t think of poses, or if the weather is bad, or my camera stops working. I worry about being late and having a cheery vibe. My way to cope is to realize the photos at the end are going to be amazing, because I know what I’m doing. As a client, trust your photographer and realize that you’re photographer has been through this before and they produce incredible results (or you would not have gone to them). Photography is an art form, and the process should be a stress reliever in itself. A photoshoot is to make you feel beautiful (because you are), and to remember JUST how beautiful you really are! Photography involves a lot of stress and anxiety on both parts being a shooter and model, but it shouldn’t and you can make sure it doesn’t. Listen to music on the way to your shoot, PREPARE, and trust your photographer. Did I mention to trust your photographer? Yeah, that’s the biggest one. Happy shooting all, and may your next shoot be a breeze.

-Breezy Photography

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