How To Be Less Awkward In Photos

How many of you tense up when a camera is out? You are all ready to take a model-est photo but as soon as you see the camera on you you get nervous and become an awkward mess. As an awkward duck who is a master at taking “derp” photos and tripping over grass, I am here to tell you how to be less awkward in photos.


As I write this I am aboard a train on the way from Geneva to Lyon and have started my European adventure with a firm belief that I was going to take amazing photos and would stop being awkward about it. I am pleased to say the efforts are paying off because I am finally getting some shots where you get those “candid” faces instead of those half eyed looking drunk photos that seem to clog your memory card.


How To Be Less Awkward 


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Prop – I think the most awkward part about taking pretty photos is what the heck are you supposed to do with yourself?! Where do your arms usually go? Is your smile too fake?How did you used to walk? With a prop half the work is done for you because you can use it as a main focus or something to help make your photo look effortless. Consider holding a coffee cup, a bouquet of flowers or even another camera!


Stop caring – When I first started taking photos I was soooooo awkward about it and just couldn’t bring myself to take another photos sometimes because I was scared of judgement. Now I just don’t care about people watching and that has been the best decision ever! I’ve had people yell comments at me or give me these stupid looks but now I have beautiful photos! So ha! You aren’t going to see these people again and shame on them for staring! Do you homie. Once you accept that people will judge you no matter what it becomes a lot easier when you stop caring


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Know your angles – If you know your angles you won’t have to think about which way your face will look good. I don’t like my nose and have chubby cheeks so I like to turn my head to the side a little to bring out the features I like most. But play around with it! Sometimes my side face doesn’t work because I have pale skin and red lips, which is fine in person, but on camera? I look like haggard ghost who had a bad sleep! Cameras can be mean but so much fun!


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Back of your head – Cant seem to get it right? No worries me to! Turn around, primp your hair and choose a a leg to use as your main support. Now all the work is going to be with your arms and legs!


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Practice – You are never going to get more comfortable and be less awkward unless you practice! Practice really does make perfect and with practice you start to look effortless because you’ve done this before. Models don’t become pros on day one and neither do bloggers. It’s all trial and error!




Are you awkward in photos? What do you do to be less awkward? Share your advice or thoughts in the comments!
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  • Reply
    Samantha | There She Goes Again
    March 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Haha I love this so much! I can be so awkward in photos, which is why I tend to turn around and do they whole back of the head gazing to the sites! I’m Asian and a little chubbier than most Asians, so I’m always worried about my eyes disappearing into my face! Or if I ate a lot and suddenly have a nice food pregnancy in slimmer fitted outfits!

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      March 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

      I know the struggle of chubby cheeks! I started wearing sunglasses to try and combat them from disappearing 😀 Hahaha food babies are so mean! I creeped your photos and don’t think you look awkward at all! Very candid :]

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    March 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    haha!! this post is everything to me today! <3 I also struggle with the same thing but I have to get over myself and just do it! By the way, you photograph really great!

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      March 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Yay!! I’m glad. It’s really hard to get in the “I don’t care” mindset! But you said it best just do it 😀 Aw thank youu <3

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    March 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a total awkward turtle when it comes to photos, so I do like the good old back of the head trick. But I definitely need to practice to care less about what people think. Loving your photos Shelby!!

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      March 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      An awkward turtle and an awkward duck :p It’s really hard to get over all the eyes watching you! But super worth it. Thanks Chalsie! :]


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