Location shoots are one of my favourite types of photography, you just can’t beat natural light and I love exploring different locations. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t always confident with shooting in public and sometimes I do still feel a little anxious if it’s a super busy place but I try and look beyond that as I know that the end result will be worth it. I have a few tips that could potentially help you gain the confidence you need for shooting in public. I have also written a post on “5 ways to improve your photography skills” if you would like to check that out.
Shoot With Someone You Feel Comfortable With
It’s IMPORTANT that you feel comfortable with the person you’re shooting with. If you’re not comfortable, this will show in your imagery and you don’t want your hard work to go to waste. Granted, I feel very lucky that my husband is a professional photographer and to be honest he is the only person that I shoot with. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t shoot with anyone else and at times when I have been at events, I have asked someone to take a quick picture for me. Get your partner, family member, friend or fellow bloggers to help you out with taking a few pictures. I know a few bloggers have asked me to take their picture and I’m so excited to meet up with them because I really want to practice my photography skills as well.
Focus On The Outcome
Forget about the people that are looking over and focus on the task at hand. Chances are you’re not going to see these people again so try and pretend that they’re not even there. You could also always give them a little smile to break any tension you’re feeling. Believe me I know it’s easier said than done but trust me once you have done it for like the tenth time, you will be well on your way. The main job is to get yourself the best content that you can post for a brand you’re working with or just for yourself in general.
Take A Sneak Peek Of The Photos
I always ask Gareth if I can go through the images before we are finished, chances are I will dislike a number of them and that’s OK, that’s the joy of digital cameras – shoot until your heart’s content. Try a variety of poses and get out of your comfort zone to see what works for you. In time you will forget about the people around you and just have fun with it.
At the beginning, I hated shooting in public but now I don’t mind it so much. I love shooting at different locations and creating unique content. Just have fun with it and remember you will not see these people again so don’t let it bother you too much. I hope I have helped at least one of you to gain some more confidence with shooting in public through this blog. I would also love to hear your tips on how you have gained confidence shooting in public.