Do you ever just have a moment where you’re like “Wow! I am an awkward human being! Why am I allowed in public? How do I function?” I have those every time I take blog photos, but especially during this photo shoot on the beach.
I really thought a beach shoot would be easy. A lot of the stress I feel when taking photos for the blog is because I can’t find a background I like. So a beach photoshoot seemed perfect, because what is prettier than a beach?! I would frolic around, Amy would take some photos of me, it would be awesome.
Amy and I get down to the beach, and it’s crowded. Groups of frat bros and bachelorette parties are walking buy as we’re trying to shoot, and I can just feel their (more than likely imaginary) judgement. Finally, things calm down a little bit, and I start to feel more confident.
I start frolicing. I instruct Amy to just take photos of me as I run toward the water and then run back toward her. I get really good at frolicking, and then I frolic too far and my rear end gets soaked by a wave.
And then the wind picks up. At first I was totally making it work for me. But then it really picked up and my hair was everywhere. And Amy’s hair was everywhere. We were like two Cousin Itts trying to have a beach photoshoot. We found a little relief from the wind under the pier, and I think Amy found a lot of relief when I decided to wrap the shoot.
If you share my struggle of being super awkward in photos, here are three tips that I have to make your beach photoshoot a little easier.
1. Study photos on Pinterest. This would have been about 50 times easier if I had just looked up what other bloggers, or even models, were doing for inspiration. Great examples – here, here, here, and here.
2. Give instruction to the person using your camera. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I am really awful at just passing a friend or family member my camera like they’re a mind reader and know exactly what I’m trying to accomplish with photos. If you’re shooting with a non-photographer for the first time, give them a little guidance. Do you like to be photographed horizontally or vertically? Is there an angle that you prefer or hate? Sharing this info will make things a lot easier for everyone involved! (I am seriously so lucky that Amy just took to taking photos, but I imagine things would have been less stressful for her if I had actually given some guidance other than “Make me look like an Instagram model.”)
3. Move. When I don’t know what else to do in blog photos, I start walking. I think photos look much more realistic if my hair has some movement or my arms aren’t planted in a pose. I’m also a lot less uncomfortable. I’ve heard bloggers say they try to move a little for each click of the camera, so I took that into consideration when taking these photos.
A big thank you to my girl Amy for taking these photos! Do you have any tips to share for taking blog photos? I need all of the help I can get!