Brisbane Portrait Photographer | Stressing About Being in Front of the Camera… Here’s What I do..

You’ve booked your shoot, you’ve organised your clothes, you’ve packed your bags full of accessories and props and now it’s time to head to your photo shoot but you are stressed and overcome with nerves.

Panic rises… you feel like you have forgotten something, you should of worked harder to loose that little bit of extra weight, you think of all the reasons why you should chicken out of the shoot.

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Just stop, take a breathe and breathe.

This is totally normal. Every person I photograph in front of my camera is a little nervous initially. It is totally normal. It’s not like you are a model and you know how to work the camera. But I want you to stop and breathe. Let me take on your nervousness and guide you through the photography experience. It’s my job to make you look and feel amazing in front of the camera and build rapport to ensure you are feeling relaxed and comfortable. I know that this is sometimes easier said than done, so here are my 5 top tips to ensure you are feeling a little less nervous before your shoot.


  1. Breathe – take a moment to breathe and say, I can do this. I trust Nicole to make me look and feel amazing!
  2. Wear clothes you love – if you are feeling confident and comfortable in your outfit choices then you will radiate on camera
  3. Not great at hair and makeup – hire a pro. When you look good, you feel good and a good hair and makeup artist will help ease your nervousness by chatting to you throughout the entire process and making sure you look stunning in front of the camera
  4.  Get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water the day before. When you are well rested and well hydrated you are generally less emotional and your skin will look more radiant.. This definitely helps ease the nervous tension!
  5. Don’t be afraid to laugh. Be silly. Make a joke, have a giggle. This is one of the best tips I can say to my clients. Once you laugh or be even just a little bit silly, you start relaxing in front of the camera and drop your guard. Some of the best photos are the ones I have captured after a silly little giggle.

So there you go, my top 5 tips on how to relax before your portrait session! And if you are still feeling a little bit nervous or stressed, I’m always happy to chat and answer any further questions! Just give me a buzz!

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