Thank you. :)
It’s my opinion that people chose their own mindset. I think you decide when you wake up each day (if you don’t have depression) whether to have a good attitude or a bad attitude and that can be about everything - life, work, your body etc.
I also think that once you embrace the fact that you’ll never be whatever society deems as perfect and you stop trying to please everyone - you become so much more free.
Well, I mean there are lessons that you learn in order to take a good pictures. You need to understand light, understand your camera. There are certain rules for how your subjects fills the frame - the rule of thirds etc.
And sure there are just some angels that the human body don’t really look good in so you want to avoid those.
But, I think you need a comfort in front of the camera. I’m not sure if it’s “confidence”. I’m going to say it’s the art of being casual. The reason I say this is I believe there are two types of people in the world the ones that HATE having their picture taken and the ones that don’t give a fuck.
The people who hate having their picture taken are always conscious of it. They know where the camera is, they know it’s pointed at them and for whatever reason they turn into a deer in headlights. They can’t just ACT CASUAL - they get all anxious, they try to pose too hard so they over pose and look weird. They pysch themselves out and you get a half smile, half talk, blinky thing going on…it’s just not good.
It doesn’t at all mean these people aren’t beautiful/good looking, they just - aren’t casual in front of the camera.
Then you have those other people who don’t care. That know some of the tips and tricks. They understand what they look like, possibly how they look best (pose wise) but ultimately they just really don’t care. They don’t care if you have a camera. They don’t care if you take 1 pictures or 500 pictures of them. And their open enough to look cute for a couple but then be a complete goof for the 450 shots and not care that you have these pictures or who you show because….THEY’RE FUNNY and it’s never the end of the world if someone has a bad picture of you.
To me that is very valuable and that’s what you need.
I can’t tell you how many bad pictures I have of myself. I used to do a “bloopers” set when I had my website of all the outtakes we took while shooting. Me jump, dancing, making stupid faces, eating, getting scared by my photographer, getting dressed and undressed in that no one is watching unflattering way.
To me you just need to embrace those things. No one looks picture perfect 100% of the time. No one is photoshopped 100% of the time.
So advice - stop caring. Be able to laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to bend and stretch and dance in front of the camera cause that’s how you get the most “movement” in your photos.
I always answer these things and feel like I haven’t been helpful at all.