Ep 351: How to direct shy, anxious, overconfident or difficult people

Connecting with people when you’re taking their portraits can be challenging. Because a great shot is not just about the technical aspects of photography. It’s also about whether your subject is comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the camera. In this episode, you’ll discover the techniques you need to use when you’re directing shy, anxious, overconfident or difficult people. Find out about this and much more in this week’s episode.

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In an ideal world, a portrait subject:

  • listens to direction
  • is naturally gorgeous inside and out, oozes confidence and trusts that you, the photographer, will make them look amazing in photos.

The reality is that humans are complicated.
There is no one size all approach when it comes to posing and directing. 

The personality of the person must be considered. 

Dividing everyone into introvert/ extrovert or confident vs shy is too simplistic. 

I’ve compiled a list of the most common personality traits photographers will encounter and the best ways to direct them to create natural-looking portraits.

Personalities discussed:

  • Painfully shy
  • High self-esteem/overconfident
  • Low self-esteem

In an ideal world, a portrait subject:

  • listens to direction
  • is naturally gorgeous inside and out, oozes confidence and trusts that you, the photographer, will make them look amazing in photos.

The reality is that humans are complicated.
There is no one size all approach when it comes to posing and directing. 

The personality of the person must be considered. 

Dividing everyone into introvert/ extrovert or confident vs shy is too simplistic. 

I’ve compiled a list of the most common personality traits photographers will encounter and the best ways to direct them to create natural-looking portraits.

Personalities discussed:

  • Painfully shy
  • High self-esteem/overconfident
  • Low self-esteem
  • High Level/time-poor business leaders
  • Young children
  • Stage mums
  • Divas
  • The drainer/energy sucker/narcissist/
  • The Jock
  • Control freaks
  • The Z client

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