How Taylor Swift can help you get over your fear of photography

by | Sep 16, 2015 | Fear | 0 comments

“Fotografizophobia” is the fear of photographs or of having your photograph taken. Usually, this fear is manifested with the belief that you just don’t take a good photograph. Some people, no matter what the latest feel-good quotes and sayings are, deep-down don’t believe that they can take a good photograph. And this fear doesn’t relate strictly to professional photography, it limits their usage of personal camera photos as well.

Perhaps that solution to your fears come from an unlikely source? Taylor Swift, the Grammy Award-winning Musical Superstar, is admittedly “intimidated by the fear of being average.” when asked about being shy. So what does a person who is one of the most well-recognized celebrities is the world do when it comes to taking photos in a notoriously critical society?

Here are some tips and techniques from Taylor Swift’s Instagram that you can use on your own group selfies, photos with friends, and even with your next professional photography session:

1. Utilize Props

Finding wings in New York City.

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We love to get creative in our photo sessions. If you have some kind of great idea for a photo, mention it to us and we can help you to figure out the best way to capture that moment. Utilizing props not only shows off your fun, creative side, but it can also help to take the pressure off of you, making you more relaxed for a great portrait.

2. Take photos with your pet

Cat lady.

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This one is a favorite of a lot of people — especially during family photography sessions. Bring along your family pet, they are a part of the family after all. Your pet can make you more relaxed and comfortable while achieving the same effect as a prop: taking the mental pressure off of yourself.

3. Show your favorite side

Childhood beach memories revisited.

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Everybody inevitably has their favorite side. If you let your photographer know before hand what you think is your best side, they can help to accommodate you by placing you in the best poses to make your more comfortable.

4. Take plenty of photos

Using my phone camera as a mirror to re-apply red lipstick turned into….. @melanienyema @D8Clarice @D8Ricky

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Take many, many photos. As a photographer, we try to capture plenty of photos during our sessions, especially with kids. This gives you the option to figure out which ones you like best, plus with Photoshop, we have the ability to modify the images, mixing and matching sections of photos if you wish. This makes sure to give you the most amount of options to work with.

5. Most importantly… HAVE FUN!

December in New Zealand with @eliottenicole and @caitlinbird

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Don’t go into your photo session feeling like you have to meet certain standards… photography should be fun! If you are having a good time, enjoying yourself, letting your real personality shine through, your portraits will reflect that. Sometimes it’s important to not take yourself so seriously.

While all of these photos were taken for Instagram and are geared towards casual, quick photos from your phone, we can learn real lessons from Taylor’s Instagram when it comes to getting your photos professionally taken. Portraits don’t have to have a stock look to them, they don’t have to be traditional, they should be about you and your family.

Don’t forget to check out our beach photography in South Jersey, because even though summer may be over, the sunsets in September and October make for amazing portraits due to the soft glow in the area. This is our favorite time of the year to take portraits.

Visit SparkLife for the full article and more tips to keep your selfie game strong.

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