It’s that time of month again and today I’m sharing how to get comfortable in front of a camera! If you’re a beginner blogger, Instagrammer or YouTuber then this post is for you. Getting comfortable in front of a camera can take a while, especially if it’s a brand new concept to you, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you overcome your fears and nerves quicker.
It’s been just over two years now that I’ve been blogging, creating on Instagram and filming YouTube videos and these are the things that have helped me get comfortable in front of the lens. It’s been quite a journey and by looking back on my older videos and images I can tell that I’ve changed quite a bit since I started. Growth is good! It’s not always fun to see previous versions of yourself, but that’s how you know you’ve progressed 😉
#1 Practice makes perfect.
To start off this list I just have to say that the more you get in front of a camera, the more comfortable you will become. In the beginning of my blogging career I would only be in front of the camera every few weeks, and fast forward to today I’m shooting and filming almost every single day! It takes time to become your true self in front of the lens and that’s okay!
#2 Stick to your good side and poses.
It sounds easy but once you’re in front of the camera you sometimes freeze up and forget. The best way to remember your best angles, sides and poses are to practice in the mirror. Do your poses and take selfie-style images on your phone so that you can look back on them right before a photo shoot.
This isn’t as applicable for filming videos because those focus more on talking rather than posing. For sitting in front of a video camera I would suggest talking to the camera as if you were talking to your best friend. After all, the best way to gain an audience is with authenticity and if you’re trying to be someone you’re not then it shows quite easily. In my earlier YouTube videos I could tell so obviously that I was trying to talk in a way that just wasn’t me. Thankfully I’ve gotten over that by now!
#3 Shoot with the same person.
One of the best ways to get comfortable doing photo shoots is by having the same person consistently shoot you. By having the same person take photos of you, you’ll have a better chance of getting comfortable. You could even ask your photographer, whether it’s a professional or your best friend, direct your poses into something that looks good from their end!
#4 Prepare properly for photo shoots.
One of the worst feelings when doing a photo shoot is feeling grumpy, hungry and ugly. Those three things seem to happen when I don’t eat beforehand, haven’t mentally prepared and haven’t visualized or conceptualized before walking into the shoot. Before you get in front of the camera try the following things to prepare:
- eat a hearty meal (or a smaller one and bring snacks with you)
- listen to some upbeat music to get yourself in the mood
- create a vision board for your outfits and poses
- look through your Pinterest boards for inspiration
If you have any more tips for getting comfortable in front of the camera please share them below! 🙂 I hope the ones I’ve listed help you out. Happy shooting!