How to get great photos, even if you hate being photographed

Get great photos even if you hate being photographed

Hate being photographed but need some great photos?

You're not alone, and I can help.

A handful. 

That’s how many people I’ve come across in the past 17 years I’ve been a professional photographer who enjoy their photograph being taken. The rest: either neutral or hate it. I’ve even met models who need time to warm up during a shoot. 

Not even I enjoy it. I’m okay doing selfies but having someone else point that camera at me? I feel so many different things. So I can totally relate. 

For a start, I used to be super fit, running 7 miles a day and doing martial arts…and then life changed. I got arthritis in my feet and, well, middle age is creeping up on me. I don’t feel as good about my photographs as I did when I was in my 30s. Point a camera at me and I’ll squirm.  

But I also know there are things we can do to make us feel better during a shoot. 

I love a strategy, don't you?


Some people have a strategy. You know who they are, because they almost always look great in their photos. They just seem to know how to stand. Never pull awkward expressions. They appear relaxed.

And I can teach you a few strategies so that you feel like that too.

But before we get there, what is it about being photographed that we hate the most?

What is it about being photographed that we hate the most?

You, like me, might have a very good reason for not liking your photograph being taken. 

But you don’t even need a reason. 

And, to be honest, the list of reasons can be exhaustive. And when you look for a reason, you can find 10 more besides. 

Here are a few:


Especially if you have time on your hands while you wait for your photographs to be taken. 

It’s not like the old days. We are more visible than ever. And we need good looking portraits. It is the digital age. Whether we like it or not, we’re more connected with people than ever before. 

Isn’t it better to have recent photographs of ourselves – ones that look like us – so that people can recognise us when they see us in online meetings or in person? 

We can delay it all we like, but…

I hate to say this…

there is no perfect time to be photographed. 

Strategies to get great photos even if you hate being photographed.

I’ve been doing this job for a long time, and I’ve got some great strategies for you to try. 

Does this help? 

I hope it gives you some ideas and strategies to work on so that you get great photos too. 

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