Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design Feature: How to Look and Feel Comfortable in Front of the Lens

Last month I was so honored to be featured in the Apple and Pear Wardrobe Design publication focusing on something so many struggle with.  Most people have great selfies or hide behind others in group pictures, self conscious of everything from our hair to our clothes to our weight.  Apple and Pear Wardrobe Design is a styling company that can help determine what looks best in your wardrobe, and I contributed a list of tips to help ease your mind and show confidence when in front of the lens, no matter who the photographer may be!

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How to Feel Comfortable In Front of the Lens

by Samantha S. Marshall
(The following are excerpts of this article. Check out the full article at Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design's blog.)

... Do you avoid being front of the camera?  Have you looked back on family photos regretting that you are always the one taking the photos (on purpose)?  Many times we don't "like" having our photos taken, but if you could learn how to feel more comfortable in front of the lens you may just invite the opportunity more often!

Practice in Front of the Mirror!  Practice does make perfect, or close to it and will also allow confidence to shine through.  Smiling in the mirror; learn to smile BIG (even open your mouth a little – a laughing smile is wonderful!) Notice where your chin should be, open your eyes: practice these while brushing your teeth... no one is watching but you!

Listen to the Professional!  Listening to the photographer is important.  Since I work with all types of clients from families to corporate, I understand the nervous and worried looks, and I try and defuse this early in the session. I see what is going to be captured and can use light to help hid what you don't like about yourself or enhance the features you do like!  Do you have a "best side"?  I ask this to every person I photograph, and if they don't know which one they prefer, then we take photos of each side.  I can usually tell immediately which one I prefer, and allow my client to peek at my viewfinder and see for themselves... 99% of the time we agree.

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Shhhh – Here is a Modeling "Secret"  In front of the lens, you can use this in most photo opportunities, and it will help you to look more relaxed and confident.  This trick can be used for headshots or full body photos.  Basically, you turn 90 degrees showing your best side to the camera.  Next, put your hand on your hip and twist at the waist leaving your feet planted. You can lean forward slightly, and tilt your head or look straight on. Leaning forward may feel unnatural, at first, but looks great on anyone!  Once in place you can drop your arm, but keep the shoulder back and remember to stand up straight! 

Relax Relax Relax!  Has anyone had to remind you to relax!?  Allow the photographer to direct you, and to help with this process, here are a few things you can do...

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Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design was founded in 2012 by Jennifer Mackey-Mary with the belief that all women
deserve to feel and look fabulous.  Look for a future "In Front of My Lens" to learn more about Jennifer and her team!