There are many articles that provide models with tips on how to pose, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and enjoy themselves during a photoshoot. Though these resources will teach you how to make your clients feel good in your presence, they won’t highlight the importance of your own comfortability. It’s easy to forget your own needs during a shoot and end up feeling exhausted once a session is over. You don’t deserve to feel this way.
It’s possible to meet your clients’ needs and stay balanced at the same time. All it takes is a little bit of preparation and a few handy tools!
A lot of people love routines because of their consistency and reliability. Without them, life can get pretty hectic. Even if you’re not a fan of scheduling, you can still prepare things for yourself and avoid the disasters that ambiguity likes to create. Here are a few self-care tips:
“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Client photoshoots are an opportunity to connect with other people and be mindful. Being present will give you peace, inspiration, and openness. The way you move, think, and talk during a shoot will affect your clients’ behavior; the calmer you are, the easier it will be for them to be themselves in front of your camera. Compare this to a frantic photo session that’s filled with awkwardness, silence, and a lack of creativity. In a situation like that, both you and your model will feel highly uncomfortable.
If you want to be mindful, use all of your senses. Listen carefully and observe everything around you, not just what’s in front of you. This will enhance your creativity, give you more opportunities to take spectacular photos, and help you be peacefully present.
Equipment that is rough, bulky, or heavy will add to your discomfort and give you unnecessary problems to worry about. Fortunately, many companies are creating more and more products that are both beautiful and comfortable. There are a plethora of accessories that will look incredible on you and make your professional life easier to manage. A few of these things are:
The last thing you want is to rush back home, eat something unhealthy, and edit your photos in a stuffy room. Knowing that you have a clean living space waiting for you is not only refreshing but motivating. Before you go out, make sure your workspace is tidy. Plan something that your future self can look forward to a movie night with friends, a visit to the park, or a day off that you’ve been postponing for too long.
By taking care of yourself, you’ll find all the energy and inspiration you need to have a successful and comfortable shoot. Remember to cultivate mindfulness, practice self-care, and invest in helpful camera accessories. These improvements will enhance your creative experiences and make you a happier photographer. That is what you deserve.