Jeepers, It seems like only yesterday that I wrote last week’s update and posted the photographs. I actually have no idea where this week has gone. What I do know is how ultimately stressful it’s been because my skin is telling me that. The most […]
I’ve thought long and hard about this decision. It’s coming up to my 11th year in practicing photography and it’s forced me to make some difficult decisions along the way. I not that long ago finished my degree at college. I’ve been fighting the demons […]
Photographs of yourself, daunting isn’t it?
I never thought it was important to put photographs of yourself on your blog. The whole idea of posting images of myself came across daunting and I just had an overwhelming fear that people would simply just think that I was vain, when that’s far from the truth. The same applied for my Instagram.
Over the last couple of week’s my boyfriend, partner, fiancée, whatever we’re gonna call him has been my photographer. He’s not great at it but he is learning fast (he has a GREAT teacher!). He’s just started creating his own blog so has needed photographs of himself too, so we made a deal. ” You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” type of deal.
Usually I am extremely picky with the images that I share with the internet of myself, for a few years my Instagram lacked photographs of me and when I did upload a selfie on the odd occasion it would day’s later be deleted. I was too worried that people would judge my face or make remarks about how often I uploaded selfies.
Just like that, something switched over night. (I think I’d been building myself up for it for a while). One morning I just woke up with a completely different mindset. I was always envious of other bloggers who were brave enough to put photographs of themselves on their blog, envious but completely inspired by their confidence. My blog lacked something they all had and that was photographs of themselves.
So, long story short I did it. My personal photographer (The Arrogant Beard) worked hard and got me some photographs I was happy with to post to my social media and blog. Since then my blog has felt different, my whole approach to my blog has changed.
5 reasons to show your beautiful face on your blog
- You are your brand.
- It helps your readers engage with you better.
- It will boost your confidence not only online but in real life too!
- You’ll inspire other shy bloggers to feel confident enough to show their face too.
- It’s great fun!
Your pictures don’t have to be of outstanding quality. They can literally be selfies; anything so that the reader can engage with you more by knowing that the person behind the post is real. At first it’s going to feel a little bit strange and unfamiliar if you’re not used to it, but you soon warm up and you’ll be a pro model before you know it.
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It’s certainly not easy having anxiety in general, let alone being a photographer with anxiety and having it affect your work. As a photographer, it’s crucial that you’re able to communicate with people – clients in order to get work. Does anybody actually want a photographer that doesn’t communicate with you? ( I mean, personally, I’d love to have a photographer than runs around me and my family events not speaking to us!)
If you, like me, are a photographer with anxiety it would do you good to remember that;
your clients are probably just as nervous as you, if not more nervous.
You’re awesome at what you do, so own it.
easier said than done, I know.
I have now come to the conclusion that it’s at a point in my life where my anxiety is the most controlled it has ever been in my whole life, although can be extremely unpredictable and for that very reason I find myself not being able to commit to allowing myself to work with potential clients in fear that I might not be able to actually go through with the job in the end.
It’s a very large inconvenience and I find it disheartening when something you can’t control gets in the way of your work.
On the other hand, having Photography as a skill doesn’t mean your career chances end if you can’t work with people. There are a couple of different paths you can venture down;
Freelance Fine Artist
Stock Image Creator
-just to name a few.
I’ll never give up hoping that one day I’ll be confident enough to work with people, however, as it stands at the moment it’s not a worry that is at the top of my shnit’s given list and you need to remember that you don’t need to be able to work for someone or take on your own clients to be a successful photographer and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.