As a photographer who has been photographing portraits for over 10 years, I’ve encountered a common problem among my clients, friends, and family, especially women.
We often find ourselves coming up with reasons not to do certain things, like booking a portrait session or taking that trip.
We feel the need to fit into a particular mold, and one of the main obstacles that I hear from my clients is the belief that if they were just confident enough, they would be able to rock their photoshoots or embrace their boudoir sessions.
To explore this topic further, I invited Torva Logan, a business and empowerment coach, to join me on my podcast “Beyond the Pose”. A new podcast where I go beyond the pose and the clothes to help you feel prepared for your upcoming photoshoot.
Banish your fears for your upcoming photoshoot by listening in on Spotify for tips and tricks from industry professionals on topics such as mindset/empowerment, beauty, clothes styling, design and decor, and beyond!
In this episode, Torva shared some valuable insights that can help boost confidence and encourage individuals to step out of their comfort zones. Our conversation led to three actionable tips that I believe can make a significant difference before your next photoshoot.
Tip #1: Embrace Courage Over Confidence
There is an important distinction between confidence and courage. Many individuals mistakenly believe that they need to feel confident before taking on new experiences. However, through our discussion, we dive into how confidence is a byproduct of courage. By mustering the courage to try new things or step outside our comfort zones, we gradually build confidence over time. Waiting for confidence to magically appear before pursuing our goals will only delay our progress. It’s essential to recognize that courage is the catalyst for growth and self-assurance.
Tip #2: Set a Time Limit and Meet Yourself Where You Are
Often, we set conditions for ourselves before engaging in activities like photoshoots. We say, “I’ll book a session once I lose 10 pounds,” or “I’ll wait until I feel more confident.” In our chat, Torva suggested time-capping these goals instead. By setting a specific timeframe for achieving a particular goal, such as planning a boudoir session in three or four months, we allow ourselves the opportunity to work towards it. However, it’s crucial to meet ourselves where we are at that designated time and proceed with the session. Otherwise, we risk continuously delaying our dreams and regretting missed opportunities.
Tip #3: Practice Posing and Power Poses
To boost confidence and body positivity, in our discussion Torva recommended practicing poses before the photoshoot. By familiarizing yourself with the poses you want to strike and feeling comfortable in them, you can approach the session with more confidence.
Additionally, she shared the concept of power poses, which are body postures known to boost confidence and personal power. Two power poses Torva mentioned were the superhero pose and the victory pose.
Standing tall with your hands on your hips, resembling a superhero, or standing with your arms raised in a V shape like a victorious champion can positively impact your mindset and overall confidence.
By combining these practical steps and incorporating them into your routine, you can empower yourself to face your next photoshoot with confidence. Remember, it’s essential to prioritize courage over waiting for confidence to magically appear. Set a time limit, be compassionate towards yourself, and practice posing and power poses to embrace your unique beauty and tell your story through the lens.
As a photographer, I understand the vulnerability and nervousness that can accompany a photo shoot. That’s why I make it a priority to get to know my clients personally, create a safe space and ensure that their experience is positive and supportive. Together, we can overcome self-doubt and celebrate the beauty that lies within each of us.
So, the next time you consider booking a photoshoot, remember these three tips: embrace courage, set a timeframe and meet yourself where you are, and practice posing and power poses. By doing so, you’ll unlock the confidence and inner strength needed to capture beautiful moments and create lasting memories.
Now, it’s time to stand tall, strike a power pose, and embrace your journey to self-confidence. You’ve got this!
About Erin Laye
Erin is a portrait photographer located in Campbell River, BC. She has been photographing families, couples, and people for over ten years! Erin is passionate about helping her clients look and feel their best. This begins with a carefully thought out process where she guides you every step of the way. From what to wear, to how you will enjoy your portraits, she is truly a full-service photographer.
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About Special Guest: Torva Logan
Torva is a highly experienced life and business coach specializing in empowering female entrepreneurs. With a focus on mindset and practical strategies, she guides her clients to unlock their true potential and achieve success in both personal and professional spheres. Through her holistic approach, Torva helps women in business cultivate confidence, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and create remarkable transformations in their lives.
Visit her Instagram to grab her “Imposter Syndrome Toolkit” chalked full of juicy resources on tackling imposter syndrome.