It’s not a secret but most don’t realize that I have not always taken great photos. Not at all, when I started modeling it was just a hobby, something that I thought was fun. As a result, I have ‘fun’ photos. But as my passion started coming to life and I realized that I wanted to be serious about modeling, well some things needed to change.
So to be honest I have not always taken great photos.
When I started modeling I made decisions that were not helping me succeed in my career. They were actually holding me back. Today I am sharing with you the top 5 mistakes I made when starting my modeling career and how you can avoid them.
1.) Lack of confidence
Starting out in anything new can be a bit nerve wrecking. Being in front of the camera was a new experience for me. I quickly realized that I wasn’t as confident as I thought I was. When a stranger is capturing you on a camera you get the chance to see yourself at a different view. Looking back through my photos I could see my lack of confidence I was portraying because I looked scared and uncomfortable. I knew I had to start strengthening my confidence if I wanted to continue to be in front of the camera.
2.) Not researching
I honestly believed that being a model was just taking cute photographs. This was the beginning and oh boy! I have certainly changed my perception about that. After each photo shoot I had I would always have high expectations of all of my images coming out perfect.
All I had to do was show up and look cute, right? WRONG! I did not look as professional as I thought I would.
I was doing a lot of things wrong and not knowing what was expected of a model was one of them. I had to start doing more research into modeling to find out how to do the job right. Finding out what type of model I wanted to become and the type of photographs I would need in my portfolio are just a few things I begin learning more about. I had to learn the ways to become the model that I needed to be.
3.) Not Prepared
Showing up on a set unprepared can be completely embarrassing.
I was not taking my time seriously.
I would wait to the very last minute and sometimes the same day to prepare and pack my bags for a photoshoot. When I arrived I was always late and did not have the essential items packed. On top of this, I was stressed trying to search through my things nothing was organized. This showed the photographer that I was not professional and I certainly wasn’t ready for the big leagues.
4.) Crazy arms & hands
What is worse than not knowing how to do something? Showing that you really don’t know how to do it. Because I wasn’t confident in myself and my lack of researching I was making all of the bad decisions while in front of the camera. Positioning my arms and hands in ways that made me look like I was a crazy statue.
Trust me when I say I have some photos that would leave you asking me, “What were you thinking?”
That’s the point, I wasn’t thinking of the overall picture I was just trying to do something and that was wrong. When you are in front of the camera you have to keep the big picture in mind. Knowing the placement of your arms and hands can take a photo from crazy to calm. Keep reading to find out how to grab my free workbook on 5 ways to look better in your photographs.
5.) Choosing poses that made me look shorter
As a petite model, I know how important it is to look taller in your photographs. I know this now, I did not know this in the beginning and I was making one of the hugest mistakes in my pictures.Since I didn’t know the correct way to position my body in my photographs I was making choices that made me look shorter.From my shoulders all the way to the placement of my feet. It was obvious that I had no idea what I was doing. I needed to change this quickly and I did so by being more aware of my body positions.
Do any of these sound familiar? Leave your comment below and let’s talk about it.
As always, I appreciate you.
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