How a Professional Photo Shoot Can Help Improve Your Self-Confidence
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Developing one’s confidence is an essential process of personal development. But it’s common for millennial women to overlook their best qualities due to a lack in self-confidence. In a generation where social media can influence how we perceive ourselves, feelings of insecurity can be overwhelming. Some of us may be familiar with inspirational quotes that reflect self-love as a life essential, such as love yourself first, everything will fall into line, or you need to love yourself first before you can love others. Yet, it's often unclear how to maintain healthy relationships, with others and ourselves, whilst balancing a career.
And when you've been let down by others, it can be unclear how to determine which parts of yourself are even worth loving. As sad as that is, most times we can’t depend on anyone to change how we perceive ourselves. However, in my experience, professional photo shoots can help boost one’s confidence. And you don’t need to be a model in order to reap the benefits of one, either. By posing in front of a camera, it's possible to overcome negativity and self-doubt. So, boost your self-esteem and confidence with a photo shoot—your only regret will be that you didn't do it sooner.
Confidence begins with rediscovering who you are.
When you’re rediscovering yourself, the focus is on you. Some of us are quick to rush the process of self-discovery, which can lead to being easily intimidated by others. Be observant, ask questions, stand your ground, and let people know that you’re finding what makes you content, not what makes others happy. If no one approves of you taking professional pictures, but you enjoy it, don’t let that steer you into a phase of pleasing others. Do what makes you feel confident, whether others approve or not. You only live once, so love who you are. As Ariana Grande would say, “thank u, next.”
Photo shoots help you develop your own look.
Have you ever felt that your ideas have been overlooked? I have, but I’ve also found that professional photo shoots can help with feelings of being judged, insecurity, rejection, social anxiety, jealousy, and struggling to portray a perfectionist. Photo shoots require you to voice your thoughts to the photographer, and, in turn, public speaking will become more natural for you. Posing in front of a camera is vulnerable; however, over time, you'll become comfortable with the way you look, think, and feel, and you'll be able to show that to the world with the finished photos. Everyone has creativity in them, but few actually invest their time into embracing their creativity. There’s too many people in this world trying to be like someone else. Show everyone what makes you different. If you’re a hip hop fanatic or an old soul with 90’s feels, show that with a photo shoot. If you’re feeling festive during a specific holiday, create a themed shoot showing the world your favorite time of the year. The 21st century has been dominated by social media, and as a result, many of us use social media to post photos and express ourselves. If you’re going to advertise yourself to the world, do it in a positive light that will make you feel beautiful.
Building self-confidence will force you to be courageous.
To become more confident, you must first overcome whatever may be holding you back. Having courage will identify strengths you never knew you had. You’ll be able to guide yourself, knowing what you’re good at, and what truly makes you happy. A professional photo shoot can capture all of your personal growth in one shot if you allow it. You just have to believe in yourself and create with an open mind. If you’re uncomfortable with your body or hate a certain feature about your appearance, your self-doubt or lack of confidence will show in the photos. Train your mind to have the confidence to be great. Once you do, you’re unstoppable.
Once you have self confidence, networking opportunities will arise.
Spending time at professional photo shoot settings can be overwhelming and fun all at once. However, don’t let that steer you away from meeting new people who can potentially offer you new experiences with business and traveling opportunities. It’s exciting when your creativity starts flourishing and you start thinking of all these amazing places to take pictures. No matter what line of work you’re in, professional photos can help you brand what you love to do., because everything you do can be promoted or expressed through visuals. Make use of your connections in the process of building who you are. You meet everyone and explore new places for a reason. Don’t shy away from new opportunities that can turn into an everyday hobby or job. After all, it’s best to surround yourself with people who challenge you to rise higher.
You’re in control of what type of shoots you want to do.
You can be yourself and respect your boundaries at the same time. If you decide to book a professional photo shoot or even if you have a close friend with a professional camera, you can create amazing pictures with various outfits and themes. Ideally, you're in control during photo shoots you have paid for, so have fun, and only do what you're comfortable with.
You'll break the habit of comparing yourself to others.
It's normal for young women to compare themselves to others, but it’s also time-consuming and stressful. There's only one you in the world, so embrace all the qualities that make you unique. Easier said than done, I know; however, I have found that professional photo shoots help change the bad habit of comparing yourself to others, because when you’re working on yourself, you’ll start to become more inspired by others, instead of comparing yourself to them. Remember, everyone has flaws, so even those you idolize are insecure about certain features of themselves. Never judge, because we all have a story—even you. Remaining humble throughout your journey and process is what I love to see, especially in a woman.
How have you improved your self-confidence?