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I’m Awkward in Front of the Camera: How Should I Pose?” A Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best in Photos

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Posing with Confidence: Overcoming Camera Awkwardness

It’s a common struggle: you’re excited for your photo session, but as soon as the camera turns towards you, all that confidence vanishes, leaving you feeling awkward and unsure of how to pose. Don’t worry—you’re not alone. Many people feel uneasy in front of the camera, and it’s perfectly natural. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make you feel at ease and capture your best self during your next photoshoot.

1. Find Your Comfort Zone

The first step to looking great in photos is finding a comfortable position. If you feel awkward, it will show in your body language and facial expressions. Here’s how you can ease into it:

Practice at Home: Stand in front of a mirror and explore different poses. Try turning slightly to the side or shifting your weight to one leg to see how these adjustments affect your posture.

Know Your Angles: Not everyone’s face is perfectly symmetrical. Find your ‘good side’ by experimenting with different angles.

Relax Your Face: Take a deep breath and relax your facial muscles. If it helps, look away from the camera momentarily to relieve any tension.

2. Use Natural Light to Your Advantage

Lighting can make or break a photo. Natural light is often the most flattering, so position yourself near a window or outdoors for the best results. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cast harsh shadows. Instead, aim for softer, indirect light to enhance your features.

3. Engage with the Photographer

Building rapport with your photographer is key. The more comfortable you feel with them, the easier it will be to relax during the session.

Communicate: Let the photographer know if you have any specific insecurities or preferred angles.

Trust Their Expertise: Remember, they’re there to make you look good! They will guide you into flattering poses and help you feel confident.

4. Experiment with Different Poses

You don’t need to stick to a single pose throughout your shoot. Try out a variety of poses to find the one that makes you look and feel your best.

Stand Tall: Good posture can make a world of difference. Stand tall with your shoulders back and avoid slouching.

Use Your Hands: Don’t let your arms hang limply by your sides. Place your hands on your hips, cross your arms, or hold onto a prop to give your arms a natural-looking position.

Move Around: Take a few steps, lean against a wall, or sit down. Movement can help you feel more comfortable and provide natural-looking shots.

5. Focus on Expression and Emotion

Your facial expression can convey your mood and personality in a photo.

Smile Naturally: A forced smile can look stiff. Think of something that genuinely makes you happy, or laugh to help relax your expression.

Serious Isn’t Bad: You don’t have to smile in every shot. A thoughtful or serious expression can add depth and intrigue to your photos.

6. What to Do with Your Eyes

Your eyes are a focal point in any photo, so it’s important to get them right.

Look Away: Sometimes, looking away from the camera can create a more candid feel.

Find a Focal Point: If looking directly into the lens feels intimidating, find a point just above or to the side of the camera to focus on.

Smize: Channel your inner Tyra Banks and ‘smize’ (smile with your eyes). Think of something that makes you happy to create that subtle sparkle.

7. Dress for Success

What you wear can significantly impact how you feel and look in front of the camera.

Wear Something Comfortable: Choose clothing that you feel good in and can move comfortably while wearing.

Avoid Distracting Patterns: Bold patterns and logos can be distracting. Instead, opt for solid colours or simple prints that complement your skin tone.

Accessorize Smartly: Accessories can add flair to your look, but don’t overdo it. A statement necklace or scarf can be enough to complete your outfit.

8. Embrace Props and Backgrounds

Using props or interacting with your surroundings can give you something to focus on other than the camera.

Props: Bring an object that represents your personality or interests, such as a book, musical instrument, or sports equipment.

Backgrounds: Explore different locations that fit the vibe you’re going for, whether it’s a cozy corner of your home, an urban landscape, or a serene natural setting.

9. Warm-Up Poses

It’s perfectly normal to feel awkward at the beginning of a photoshoot. Ease into it by starting with some warm-up poses:

Simple Smiles: Begin with simple smiles to break the ice.

Candid Movement: Walk around or strike up a conversation with the photographer to capture natural, candid shots.

10. Embrace Your Awkwardness

Sometimes, the best way to deal with awkwardness is to embrace it. If you feel silly, laugh it off. Those candid moments can often lead to the most genuine and authentic photos.

11. Take a Break If You Need To

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, don’t hesitate to ask for a short break. Step away from the camera, grab a drink of water, and return when you’re ready. The goal is to have fun and capture your best self.


Posing for photos can be intimidating, but with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to feeling more confident in front of the camera. Remember, the key is to relax, experiment, and have fun with it. Your photographer is there to guide you, so trust them and embrace the experience. With time and practice, you’ll soon discover your favourite poses and angles, and you’ll look forward to every photo session!

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If you’re ready to capture some amazing shots, contact us today to book your session today! 

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Leon Britton Photography

I am Leon, a professional Liverpool photographer passionate about bringing out the authentic essence of individuals and brands through my lens.

My expertise lies in crafting vibrant, bespoke images that capture moments and narrate your unique visual story. Specialising in people and brand photography, I provide a suite of services, including polished headshots, expressive portraits, and dynamic commercial images designed to resonate with your audience.

My ultimate goal is to provide you with a collection of images that not only empower but also elevate your personal or brand image, leaving a lasting impression on your audience.

I'd like to help you leave a lasting impression through the power of professional photography.

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