So I haven’t blogged in a few weeks and I guess you could say I have been thinking about what it is I want to be saying to ensure I am portraying myself and my brand in the best way. Today I am being filmed by Drew from Jaxnvisuals, the idea behind this collaboration is to allow you to get to know me better; my story, what my brand stands for and has to offer you. This blog is dedicated to all of you ladies and gentlemen out there that like me right now have “The fear” at the thought of being in front of the camera.
But as the day is creeping round to when Drew will land, I am now in the shoes of you my friends. I am the one in front of the camera for a change, and it has me thinking. Why am I nervous? What am I afraid of? I was only talking to a new client the other day about her family booking and I played her a video of me scouting out some woods for her shoot. I heard myself talking on the video and said “god I hate the sound of my own voice” and why? Because it sounds so very different than the one I hear. Which has made me realise this morning what I’m nervous and afraid of; what if I don’t like what I see? I’m 40 next year and already I am noticing the grey hairs, the saggy face. I have this vision in my head of what I look like and I don’t take a lot of selfies or really look at myself in the mirror, so when I see professional images and videos I guess I am a little shocked!
For my clients I know this is how many, if not most, of them feel and is why I meet my clients as many times as they want to, keep communication open and on-going with them, up to, and quite often after their bookings. I maintain that contact so I’m no longer a stranger, we build up a trust and they gain their confidence in me so on their wedding day, pre-wedding shoot, a family session I can get their best self out of them. So if you are reading this and thinking of booking me or already one of clients, keep talking to me, I want to ensure I'm no stranger and it feels more like going out with a friend than your photographer.
Other tips I would recommend if you're nervous like I am:
Have your hair done
Treat yourself to a new outfit to wear or just wear that go to outfit the one that you know you feel and look good in
Have a grooming session at your barbers
Get your nails done
Put on a bit of fake tan
But most of all remember your photographer wants to ensure you are happy, feel amazing and fall in love with your images. So talk to them about what your worries are - I know I will be saying to Drew I hate my side profile I promise it will be ok and you will love having someone tell you your amazing. Because you are!
I hope this helps you know you're not alone in feeling this way, it’s actually normal and I feel it’s important for me and my brand to ensure I don’t forget this feeling so I can look after those of you who want to be part of the Life Through A Lens family x
Love Becky x
(this image has been taken by Photography by Paloma)