Take pictures with pleasure.
Dysmorphophobia, one of the symptoms of which is a pathological fear of being photographed, affects 1% of people on Earth. If we translate this into more tangible figures, then 73 million people out of the 7.3 billion inhabitants of the Earth are unhappy, suffering from dysmorphophobia. These are 3 cities like Shanghai, or 6 cities like Moscow. Close your eyes and imagine life in a metropolis where everyone is afraid to be photographed. These people are deprived of everything that is connected with the image of a person, they live in a faceless depressive world without faith in the beautiful things that are in each of us. I think you can make an apocalyptic film on this topic, I can see the titles and the main characters right now!
Dysmorphophobia is diagnosed in those unfortunate people who are supercritical about their appearance, despite the absence of significant defects and the fact that others do not notice anything ugly or repulsive. People who suffer from dysmorphophobia and have a normal and even attractive appearance, believe that they are ugly to such an extent that you need to avoid social contacts for fear of being ridiculed. Often they are reluctant to seek help because of shyness or fear that they will not be understood – this leads to severe prolonged depression, suicide. Only psychotherapists can cope with such a disease, and in severe cases – psychiatrists.
I don’t think these words are about you. No, it’s definitely not about you. Of course, more than 1% of the Earth’s inhabitants experience sorrows and discontent that relate to appearance, behavior, and stiffness. This is normal, if it does not lead to depression and seclusion. But fears prevent you from living a full life, enjoying every moment, trying the unknown. Some of these fears unnecessarily prevent us from being photographed with pleasure, but they are easy to overcome without resorting to outside help.
Today I will tell you how to stop being afraid of the camera: I will sort out all your fears, take you behind the scenes of filming and teach you simple psychological techniques that will be useful for both novice models and ordinary people who want to hold a photo shoot for themselves, but do not dare, as well as a photographer on any shooting.
FEARS THAT PREVENT YOU FROM BEING PHOTOGRAPHED WITH PLEASURE.
Last week, I conducted a survey on Instagram: my followers told me what they are most afraid of before the photo shoot. I have collected the answers in 4 groups of fears (quite close to each other) and I am ready to fight back against each of them.
The fear of being constrained, unnatural, that the photographer will not like posing.
I would be afraid of being shackled and not knowing what to do.
I also have a thing about”what if you don’t like posing”. I don’t have much of a problem with stiffness, but sometimes I don’t know what to do with my hands.
I would be afraid that I would not be able to relax and be constrained.
I was afraid that you would be very harsh and would be dissatisfied with the posing.
I do not know how to behave on the set (((Professional photo shoot was two times, once it was very difficult, the second time I had a cool photographer, with whom it was impossible to be squeezed, pinup was shot))) As it is, I am usually confused and terribly constrained at the sight of the camera. Since I know the features of my appearance, which side is “better”, and I always worry, does the photographer see it? Or simply removes it as it is, with all the imperfections. These are the fears)
Fear of pretense. Despite the fact that I want beautiful photos, it is important for me to remain myself and get to know myself after the photo shoot.
Let’s sort it out in order.
The fear of being shackled is the most vivid of all the fears that attack people before an important public speech (including before a photo shoot). It is connected with the fact that we are afraid to disgrace ourselves, not to find contact with another person. We don’t know how to look the part, afraid of what we’ll look like something is wrong- and suddenly will be hard to accept someone who will succeed in the photos?
After this paragraph, I suggest you exhale and calm down a little. First, the photographer is the same person, he is also worried before meeting you (I am almost always worried) and thinks about how to find a contact and conduct the shooting in a positive way. Secondly, if you carefully chose a professional who will make your portraits (appreciated his portfolio, artistic taste and sense of proportion, read reviews of his work from other clients), then you are unlikely to come across a closed silent person who will make you bad portraits. If the choice is made, but you still doubt whether you will be able to find contact with the photographer, feel free to ask him for an additional meeting a day or two or a week before shooting. I often offer such meetings to models and especially to clients – after them it is much easier to work, because the stage of preliminary acquaintance is already passed.
To make it easier for the model to overcome the stiffness on the shoot, I do a few more things. I will try to describe in detail each of the points.
At the preparatory stage, one more point is important for me – if you are going to shoot a person who has no experience in shooting, I ask him to send me about 10 photos of any quality that he likes. This allows me to look at a person through their eyes and draw conclusions about which angles are preferable and which are best avoided.
When shooting, I don’t set the model the task of giving me a set of learned poses. I do not pay attention to poses at all and I consider all these videos on YouTube and pictures with a set of strange poses for photo shoots stupid – if you are now preparing for shooting and watching this horror, close it immediately. When shooting, sincere emotions and natural movements are important to me: if you are comfortable just standing-stand, you want to sit down – do it in a way that is convenient for you. The best pose is the one in which the person is comfortable. Especially if he is sitting or lying down. Don’t know where to put your hands? Forget about them, don’t put them in a painful position – they will find out what to do.
There are times when the hands and feet don’t look like that in the frame, but you don’t have to worry about it-in such cases, I either tell you what to change (or show you how the resulting frame looks on the camera screen), or change the angle. When shooting, it is important not to violate the personal boundaries of the models – do not touch without permission, do not get too close. My own boundaries, for example, are quite large and I am well aware of how painful it can be to break them. I do not raise my voice, do not scold, do not say that you look bad (as in real life – I do not know where the reader had thoughts about my severity). I remember that any pose can be a winning one, my task is just to find the right angle.
Your tension on the shoot can be given out by your pose, face, or gaze. If you feel tension in your body-lower your arms, relax, breathe evenly and deeply-remember that you do not need to hold your breath in the frame. To cope with the problem of tension in the face is easy, I spied this method in actors – you need to knead it with two hands from time to time, like dough (if there is no makeup), or for half a minute intensively move all the muscles on the face.