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
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
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!
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!
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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