No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt.
The use of social media has turned; blogging has become something that is boosted when you are in the picture. Jess plays Devil’s advocate about the topic in her recent piece here. I first noticed my Instagram followers and likes boost when the object of the photo was me; it didn’t really matter what the outfit was, just that my face was the recurring theme. Now, I have found a new love for this type of content. I scour my wardrobe, put pieces together and doll myself up, even if only slightly, all for a few images to post on my blog, or even just one photo for my Instagram feed. It is a massive confidence boost when bloggers and friends are commenting lovely things on you. Yep, likes don’t make the world go around. However, if you’re having a shitty day and post a decent photo of yourself in a fab outfit, what’s wrong with receiving a little free love?
A big part of getting the end product is having the confidence to pose in public in front of the camera. This can be very daunting, so much so that even now I’ll say Let’s head to the quieter area, around the corner. It might not seem so bad if it is one image, taken on a phone, say, because that can look like a quick tourist snap. But when the blogger camera comes out of its protective bag and you aren’t directly looking at the camera with a beaming smile plastered on your face, the general public starts to turn its heads in your direction. All of a sudden, you have a beam of light shining on you, no matter how inconspicuous you are trying to be.
Personally, once I am in the zone, there is no turning back. As soon as the camera shutters close-open-close, I’m thinking about what images I want to portray in my blog post and on my Instagram feed. It helps when I’m completely comfortable with the person who is shooting me. Those people so far are my mum, and best friends, one of whom has taken a photography course which helps millions! They help with the angles as well as what poses I should do next and sometimes, the best ones are the images in between; a motion, or a change of facial expression. A laugh makes the prettiest picture, and the best one.
During this particular shoot, the space where we were was practically empty. However, a stranger walked past us and said “You’re very photogenic, aren’t you? Your a lucky lad,” in that famous, friendly, jokey Northern tone. Even though it was a passing comment, it really boosted my confidence because he could have outright laughed in my face, or rolled his eyes in passing. Plus, the last comment about my mate being a “lucky lad”… yeah, we fell about in fits of laughter. Not everybody who passes by your mini photoshoot is immediately going to judge you for what you’re doing. If they do, that’s their problem, not yours. Are they going to have over a hundred incredible outfit photos to choose the best of the best from? Nope, you are. Another thing to remind yourself is that the likelihood of you seeing that person again is minute, so if you do feel slightly self-conscious, you won’t have to face them again in a hurry. If you know the person, they may well be stalking your incredible feed of various outfits and smiles. As for the terrible outtakes, the supermodels and actors get them, too. We’re all human.
I am in no way a pro at this, having just begun my journey of snapping my outfits in the street. However, take it from me, once you let go of the self-consciousness, it is so much fun.
How do you feel about being the centre of attention in photoshoots? Are you confident in front of the camera, or do you need more practice?
Love, Faye xo