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How To Be More Confident Taking Photos In Public

Hey Y’all! This was going to be a whole different blog post but as I was looking at these photos, and I thought to myself “wow” I remember when I use to hesitate to take photos in public, and now I’m becoming more fearless, I just have fun with it!

Sharing my 5 Personal Tips that have helped me feel more confident and be fearless taking photos in public & anywhere.

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To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.
Alan Cohen

1. You have to LOVE yourself.

First off no matter if you’re a woman or a man here reading, you have to love every single flaw and stop talking negative to yourself. Words have power. The more you speak negatively over your flaws and yourself, you are going to feel less than you actually should. Anytime I say something negative to myself I immediately switch the thought and say something positive. I decided last year I was done feeding into my crazy ass negative thoughts about my self.

So I speak positive affirmations over everything. Whatever I’m uncomfortable with shows me that it’s something I need to work on. The things I feel uncomfortable doing, I practice, I work on myself . IT’S NOT AN OVERNIGHT JOURNEY! Sometimes we go through things that completely strip us of our confidence, and I understand that, I’ve been there and I find myself there sometimes. But you have power over your mind and thoughts, as long as you don’t stay in that bad place, use it to grow and figure out why you even started feeling that way in the first place. This is such a deep topic that deserves a post alone. But, once you love yourself like really love yourself and speak positive over everything about yourself, be honest with yourself too. I promise you will see a change!

  1. Love Yourself
  2. Speak Positive Affirmations
  3. Practice
  4. Work on the things that make you feel uncomfortable
  5. Get comfortable in your skin, appreciate every flaw, love every flaw!
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2. You have to start somewhere

Practicing, modeling and figuring out what you like to do with your body. I get a lot of inspiration from magazines, models, and other fashion bloggers. Find your go to pose and get really confident and perfect it, it may seem super uncomfortable at first but you’ll be fine with lot’s of practice. Start in the comfort of your home, and ease yourself into more environments as you get more confident. Start in public places to force yourself out of that comfort zone, and honestly no one really cares what you’re doing. Most of my confidence with taking photos in public comes from “This is my job, this is about me”. Focus on yourself and not what others think of you, what other people think of you really doesn’t matter.

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3. Know your go-to poses

I have my go-to poses that truly reflect who I am. I’m confident with these poses because I’ve practiced them repeatedly, and focused on what I needed to work on such as posture and body language. All these elements play a big role in getting a great shot. You have to feel good about yourself to achieve a certain look. Find about 5 poses that you like and perfect them.

  1. Pick 5 go-to poses
  2. Practice the pose “Get really confident with it”
  3. Repeat until your comfortable and feel confident with it

4. The end goal

Do you want the picture or not? If you want to become a blogger, model, or anything dealing with people and the public you have to really get comfortable. When I’m taking photos and I’m working with a brand, I have to do my absolute best, it’s my passion and it’s my job. Of course I’ve had my bad days but those bad days just teach me what I need to work on. But most importantly when you’re taking your photos just remember this is for you, and remember what you’re doing it for. Nothing should come in between you and your end goal, especially not the opinions of others.

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If you feel good on the inside, it’ll show up on the outside.
Yalaina E’lori

5. Raise your energy

To perform at your best you have to feel good! Surround yourself with positive people that encourage you. Don’t let anyone speak down on you and what you do, this will lower your vibration, you don’t have to settle because people aren’t so confident in themselves, help to build them up but if that doesn’t work keep it moving. Listen to your body you know what makes you feel good, happy, and most confident.

  1. Use music for your shoots to help you feel more confident, create a playlist.
  2. Surround yourself with happy people that get you.
  3. Be selective with who takes your photos, choose someone that has the right energy & confident taking the photos.
  4. Take care of your body, skin and everything that makes you feel great internally & externally.

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