My client was sitting across from me putting the final touches on her makeup. We were chatting about a little of everything and naturally I started talking about how I’ve loved getting into the portraiture genre in my home studio. I love being creative with my clients and it has helped me gain confidence by posting, promoting, and talking about this new genre for me. “I’m so excited for my session because I’m working on building my confidence as well, and I know this will help me!” she responded. My client wants to start speaking publicly and being more present in her professional environment. Sitting for me and being in front of my camera, pushing herself just a little out of her comfort zone, was one of the first steps in gaining that confidence.
For this post I’m going to include a couple of images that I had taken of me at my own confidence-boosting photo session with Dorothy Beam Photography. It was fabulous and I still love looking at these images!
Many women, over 75% actually, lack confidence in the workplace. And we can assume that stat is similar for lacking confidence in general. The majority of us are also unhappy with our bodies. So how could a photoshoot, where you are capturing your image and the state that it’s in, boost confidence? I believe there are several reasons:
- Doing something you’re “afraid” of helps you overcome that fear. You survive and see that it wasn’t just not so bad, but was actually fun. Seeing your body, your face, your “flaws” in print, but still loving the process and the final images is empowering.
- Being pampered makes you feel good, and when you feel good about yourself that confidence of the day can resurface when you look at those images again. You get pampered before, during, and after a session with me. And we all know how that feels. Amazing! I love using folio boxes and wall art to display images because it’s so easy to go back and look through your images. . . and feel again that confidence and love for yourself that you felt while being pampered on the day of the session.
- It helps you put things in perspective – come to terms with what you don’t like about yourself and focus on things you do like. We all have at least one thing about ourselves that we’re displeased with. But have you taken the time to reflect on the things you might like about yourself? Even if they’re not physical traits, the images you create at your session will show off your personality, and you’ll begin to see and appreciate what you can like about yourself.
- Seeing your intrinsic beauty, when you normally see yourself as something less, is empowering. Physical beauty is fleeting. And the idea of what is considered beautiful changes. But having your picture made and capturing the essence of you are — that is your intrinsic beauty — and we all have that. Realizing that you are more than just a physical appearance is empowering.
When we come across images of our ancestors or just old pictures in an antique store or a book. We know practically nothing about the daily lives of those women. But we can see who they were. We remark about the fashion of that decade, but then we start to see past the fashion, and begin to wonder about the woman underneath. We begin to understand the intrinsic beauty of who she was and what she was capable of, or what she had to endure. We feel the power of that legacy.
See for yourself how much of a confidence booster a photo session can be. Schedule a consultation with me so we can talk about why you need to boost your confidence.