I get so many clients who get really nervous before a photo session.  Some even delay booking a session that they really want because they let the fear of how the photos will turn out or how they will look in them, keep them from enjoying it.  Never fear friends!  Today I'm giving you a 5 Tips on What NOT to Do during a photo session!  These can apply if you're doing a couples session, portraits, family session, boudoir, wedding, or even professional headshots!  Take a look and get ready to book that session that you've been wanting to do for ages.

1. Be Nervous | Don't be nervous!  Easier said than done, I know.  But do your homework and find a photographer that you trust.  Let them guide you and do the work.  That's their job!  I guarantee you if they are a pro they'll have you relaxed and being yourself in no time.  Let them do their job by trusting them.  


2. Focus on the Camera | Don't focus on the camera that is pointed at you.  I know I know!  Again, easier said than done.  But go into the session thinking about it being a conversation with another person.  If you're doing portraits with just you, pretend the camera is your bestie!  Laugh, make faces, jump around.  If you're with other people for your session focus on them and having this amazing opportunity to focus on just them.

3. Worry About Your Hands | I get this all the time!  But what do I do with my hands?!  We're all Ricky Bobby with our hands sneaking up towards our faces while we talk.  The more you think about your hands the more you're not going to know what to do with them.  So let your hands be your hands and maybe give your friend a high five!  Again, trust your photographer to tell you if something looks awkward, otherwise just roll with it.


4. Not Communicate | If you are seriously nervous about your session or something specific talk to your photographer about it before hand so they can help you work through it.  As photographers we are part photographer, part friend, and part therapist.  This is especially crucial with boudoir where there is a lot of vulnerability going on.  Don't be afraid to reach out and let them know what you're potentially struggling with so they can be prepared to help you through it.  I would say 90% of the time you'll wonder what you were so worried about to begin with!

5. Play It Safe | Don't play it safe.  Be up for anything!  Tell your photographer you're up for anything!  Why set aside the time and money for a special session and not get the most out of it?  Get up at sunrise.  Stay past sunset. Get in the water. Explore somewhere new. Dance. Jump. Laugh. Play Games. Express your feelings. Be weird. Be you.  If you let it all go and relax I PROMISE you're going to come back with photos that are priceless.

I can't wait to hear how your session goes!  Have questions from me or want to share a fun experience?  Hit me up in the comments!


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Beth Bowman is an intimate wedding, destination, and elopement photographer with a heart for adventure based in Lexington, Virginia.  She thrives on awkward, intimate, and authentic moments.  Her mission is to document moments of love and light that they may encourage and inspire others during hard times--that love is the only true adventure. Her style is romantic, creative, and genuine.  She believes in getting out in the rain, head back laughs, taking risks, and brave love stories.