As most of you probably know I am most at ease behind the camera, where my face is hidden by the chunk of technology I’m holding in front of my face. I’ve never really been very comfortable in front of the camera.
I decided to let Stewart take some photographs of me, under the strict instructions that I chose the lighting, backdrop, lens and clothing. All he was allowed to do was press the shutter and take the photographs. I just hate not being in control. God only knows what I’m going to be like on my wedding day. I even edited the images myself.
The reason I wanted to do this is that I was sick of having snap chat selfies as my display pictures and the ones that weren’t selfies I was getting bored of, I wanted something more “me” in my style of work, to help maybe promote my style of work.
I have a specific portrait style and at risk of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, I really like it. There’s room for improvement obviously but I like where I’m going with it and I wanted some pictures of myself done in that way.
Being in front of the camera if you’re not used to it is very hard, even with Stewart being my “shutter presser” I was asking him to help me with posing ideas. You don’t realize how hard it is being in front until you’re playing model yourself, every photographer I believe should be placed in front of the camera instead of behind, just to gain a bit more understanding of how your model may be feeling and this will help you make clients feel at ease when you’re photographing them.
It’s hard sometimes as a photographer to think up poses for your clients but the more experience you get I do believe it gets easier. The best thing for you to do is plan before a shoot, that’s probably stating the obvious but there’s probably a surprising number of photographers out there who don’t plan their shoots and then they end up stood there in an awkward stare off during a shoot ( I know this because I’ve been there.), making it harder for your client to relax.