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HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 6:54 PM

I am so p***sed off with myself at the moment. I suffer with the most horrendous nerves before a shoot and it is really putting me off booking anyone in.

I have quite a few people who are willing to pay for my shots but as soon as any money is involved I seem to freeze! Just wondering if any one else suffers from this and what I can do to calm down a bit!

Thanks for any advice... J x

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Chrism8
Chrism8  7743 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:03 PM

You should'nt be, your work is outstanding, have the confidence in yourself, knowing that you can produce the goods and your PF demonstrates you can.

Some butterflys are usual and stimulate the body and mind to work to its best.

Chris

Last Modified By Chrism8 at 1 Jul 2008 - 7:04 PM
HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:09 PM

Thanks so much Chris!

I know that I can do some nice shots but I can't help but feel that it is more luck than judgment! LOL
I am just horrified by the thought that I will really bugger up on a shoot. I am generally ok once we get going, it is the hour before they arrive that I seem to freak out!

digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
1 Jul 2008 - 7:17 PM

Janey, firstly it's not luck! you consistancy proves that, get them in work with them, show them what your getting and if they like them bingo, if not re- shoot......I wish i could get someone in Smile


Ian

Last Modified By digipix76 at 1 Jul 2008 - 7:19 PM
mrcal
mrcal  101032 forum posts
1 Jul 2008 - 7:19 PM


Quote: I can't help but feel that it is more luck than judgment

If it were down to luck, you wouldn't get such a high proportion of good shots.

You might help your nerves by double-checking your kit, tidy the background, make sure you have fresh batteries and clean cards. Have one of your multitudinous good-looking friends and relatives sit in for 10 minutes so you can check the kit.

Do you keep spare fuses, modelling lamps and tubes for the flash heads? Make sure they're to hand.

Enjoy the shoot, take the money and put into your equipment fund Smile And then make another booking. Repeat until all nerves are gone.

Chrism8
Chrism8  7743 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:19 PM


Quote: it is the hour before they arrive that I seem to freak out !

So why not shoot a brother / sister / friend 30 min before hand putting the nerves at bay and confirming the set up and kits ok.

Chris

HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:20 PM

Yes I suppose I can always re-shoot if it all goes pear shaped. I know it is an irrational fear that I have but it really is putting a proper damper on things at the moment!... now where is Paul Macenna's number....LOL

Thanks for your support Ian. J x

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:20 PM

Surely they wouldn't have booked you if they had any doubts! I certainly wouldn't go to a photographer I didn't trust and respect.

We have a 'family favourite' who we've had for family weddings etc. He is absolutely brilliant! At my daughter's wedding he noticed I'd taken a shot of him, taking a shot of the guests (He'd been stood in quite a strange angle!). He turned to me and in a loud voice said "Does my bum look big in this?" It broke the ice beautifully and everyone relaxed. So, don't forget your humour and remember they are probably more nervous then you, being in front of the lens!! Smile

HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:21 PM


Quote: Quote: So why not shoot a brother / sister / friend 30 min before hand putting the nerves at bay and confirming the set up and kits ok.

Chris

Great idea...I think distraction is the key to be honest! j

boony
boony  7978 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:21 PM

i always find a tot of something alcoholic can help with nerves , just a small amount though dont get completely blotto`d!!

Last Modified By boony at 1 Jul 2008 - 7:22 PM
HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:23 PM


Quote: I always find a tot of something alcoholic can help with nerves , just a small amount though dont get completely blotto`d!!

Not a bad idea...but at 10.30 in the morning it seems sooo inapropriate! Smile

HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 7:28 PM

Thanks so much everyone for the great advice and kick up the arse I need! Smile

p3asa
p3asa  8676 forum posts Scotland
1 Jul 2008 - 8:01 PM

Janey your portfolio is fantastic. If you think you have just been lucky, could you please pick me 6 numbers for this weeks lottery!!

Being anxious is the bodies way for preparing for a difficulty situation that goes back to caveman times when they either had to "Fight or flight". It is perfectly normal to be anxious. To a certain extent.

I use relaxation in my line of work for folk who experience anxiety related problems. Once they learn simple techniques of how to relax or how to divert their pessimistic thoughts of "I'm going to fail" then they can usually beat anxiety relatively easy.

Steven.

sketch
sketch  71469 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Jul 2008 - 8:09 PM

I think you stress about it, because it means so much to you...
you always get it right, but worry just incase, i used to almost make myself sick when a shoot loomed, as said above worse case scenario, say you cmarea malfunctioned and do the shoot again, byt that would never happen to you janey im sure of it

sarah x

HelenO
HelenO  746 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2008 - 8:29 PM

Sarah, I think you are right! It means so much to me to get a good result. What I forget is that most people don't care if there are 'blown out' area's or cropped feet etc... I think I am a bit 'anal'! LOL Thanks so much for your support. J x

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