Today we share ’10 Tips to Face your Fears’ and try to cope with anxieties.
We all have fears.
Some are probably a little irrational. For example, Aibohphobia, which is the fear of words that are spelt backwards. Yes, that does exist!
Others, however, can be daily fears and these can make us anxious and nervous.
Over the years we’ve photographed over a thousand women, 99% of which felt a little anxious or nervous before their shoot.
So, here are 10 tips to face those fears.
To help your mind cope with panic, breathing can help. Breathe deeply and slowly, stay where you are and allow yourself to feel the panic. With practice, your mind will get used to coping with it.
Visualise yourself happy, safe and calm
Close your eyes and imagine a place of safety and calm or a memory that makes you happy or confident. Allow yourself to feel that emotion as if you were there. Now hang on to that feeling.
Take time out
Take time out to calm down. This could be a short walk, a good brew or even having a bath. It’s difficult to think clearly and deal with fears if you’re overwhelmed by anxiety.
Look at evidence
Many people overcome their fears – see how other people have coped with what you’re facing.
If it’s a boudoir shoot that scares you, take a look at our testimonials from women who were scared initially, but left feeling empowered and confident.
You don’t have to be perfect immediately
We are often our own worst enemy and our own worst critic. To do something or try something new, doesn’t mean you have to be perfect at it immediately.
We’re all about confidence for women and we have bags of experience in helping women look their best in front of the camera.
By the time you have finished, you’ll have surprised yourself.
What’s the worst that can happen?
For some fears, this probably isn’t’ much help. For example, if you have a fear of heights and someone asks you to stand on a ledge then you could quite clearly fall to an early demise!
When you’re with us, however, the worst that can happen is we take a photo you don’t like. We immediately delete it, take your feedback on board and we reshoot again until you are happy.
There are far scarier things in everyday life!
Talk to someone… or Aby!
Talking about something always helps.
Here at Moving Pictures, we have Aby! Aby is our very own personal stylist and one-half of Moving Pictures and is here to support you in whatever way, both prior to, during and after your shoot.
You can contact her for some reassurance and to discuss any fears you may have. She’s helped thousands of ladies to overcome nerves, to enjoy preparing for the shoot and to grow in confidence throughout every stage of this experience.
Recognise the positive side of fear
Fear can heighten your senses and awareness to keep you alert and help you properly prepare.
The first time you face your fear is usually the hardest – after that, it becomes easier and easier.
For boudoir in particular, once you’ve been through the process and see the results, you’ll no longer have a fear of being in front of a camera.
In fact, many women say they’d love to do it again!
Set yourself a reward for overcoming your fear. When you face your fear excited and motivated about the reward you will get, this will drive you on.
For our clients, seeing the end results in the images is reward-enough.
Just do it
Say no more!
Today, we discuss tips to improve your body confidence.
Overall, as we get older we gain more confidence. In fact, studies have shown that our experiences make us feel more capable and effective in dealing with life as we get older. So with each year that passes we get better at dealing with the general ups and downs of daily life.
We develop a certain resistance to the many challenges we face.
Until it comes to body confidence!
As we age our bodies change and many find it difficult to welcome these natural changes in our body’s shape and size.
Many of these changes are brought on by natural events such as childbirth, the menopause and plain ageing.
However, we should embrace these changes, even celebrate them!
Here we have 5 tips to improve your body confidence
The easiest and quickest way to boost your self-image and, in turn, your confidence is by simple changes to your wardrobe. Wearing the right style and fit based on your size and shape can make all the difference to how you look and how you feel about yourself.
You are you
Comparing yourself to ‘others’ is a surefire way to feed that self-doubt. You are unique – live the life that you want to live and don’t be influenced by others. Make it your own.
Celebrate what’s right rather than focus on what you don’t like. None of us has the perfect body and we all have negative hangups about some part of our bodies. Celebrate the positives.
Accept where you are and then take action to fix your insecurities. If it means adding more physical activity to your lifestyle, changing your diet or fixing some habits, just do it. One small step at a time will eventually get you there.
Love and care for your body
Your body is the most amazing thing you’ll ever own. Look after it, care for it, love it. Reward yourself, pamper yourself, love yourself.
A boudoir photo shoot can help improve your body confidence. It is an empowering and confidence-building experience and has the power to transform how women feel about themselves and their bodies.
Many women think they could never do a photoshoot like this – we want to prove to you that you can!
See our recent blog post on Aby, Moving Pictures’s very own studio stylist and your right-hand woman.
In this blog post we discuss 6 reasons women don’t book a boudoir photo shoot.
When we’re not in the studio we’re often out and about in our local community.
When we meet new people, the conversation will inevitably turn to what we do in our working lives and when we tell people we shoot boudoir, the general reaction is one of interest and intrigue.
Inevitably, after they’ve told us how unique and interesting it must be, we’ll ask them if they’ve ever considered having a boudoir photo shoot themselves.
“What me… heavens no” or our favourite, “It looks amazing… but I could never do that.”
Here are some of the most common reasons why women believe they can’t or shouldn’t have a boudoir photo shoot themselves.
6 reasons women don’t book a boudoir photo shoot
1) Too many lumps, bumps and blemishes
So what… who doesn’t? And to be fair, very few of us are body-confident, so don’t worry, you’re in good company! Seriously though, a boudoir shoot is about capturing the essence of you – your inner beauty and personality are what will shine through.
2) I’m too old
Too old to look beautiful, to radiate confidence… to show the women inside? Really? In our experience, it’s the older age groups that have a story to tell. The experiences that shaped them, the challenges they’ve overcome, the life events that have left their mark.
3) I don’t feel comfortable being half-naked in front of a camera
As mentioned above, you don’t have to be half-naked to look amazing! During the consultation we discuss, in-depth, the type of person you are and the type of images you’d like to see.
4) I’m not sexy
The thing is, you don’t need to be confident before you do a Boudoir shoot with us. It’s the other way around! This experience is designed to give you confidence – that’s what we’re all about.
We know our clients are most likely going to be nervous – naturally, as this is outside of most people’s comfort zone – and that’s why we go the extra mile to make sure you’re fully prepared before the session, that you feel comfortable and safe and that you actively enjoy it!
People who’ve not done this before
5) I don’t want my picture posted online
None of our photo shoot images is shared online without the explicit permission of the client. Many choose to keep them private and to only share them with people they choose so rest assured, you have complete control as to what happens with the images.
6) I won’t know what to do, how to pose, what to wear
This certainly isn’t a ‘sink or swim’ experience! Our personal stylist will talk you through outfit choice, hair and makeup and demonstrate all the poses on the day before we even turn the camera on for each image. We’ve photographed over a thousand women in the past ten years, so we have plenty of experience in bringing out the best in you, making you feel comfortable and revealing the inner you in each photo shoot.
A boudoir photo shoot is an empowering and confidence-building experience and has the power to transform how women feel about themselves and their bodies.
There are many other reasons women don’t book boudoir a photo shoot – we want to prove to you that you can!
Over the past ten years, we have probably photographed over a thousand women and one thing that has surprised us are the reasons women book a boudoir photo shoot.
Before we started, we had a vision that we would provide an intimate, personal experience and it would be something memorable. After all, spending the day in front of the camera and being the centre of attention would surely make anyone feel special?
What we quickly realised, was that our perception of the reasons the shoot is ‘special’ was vastly different from the ladies perceptions.
Sure, the shoot itself is fun and it’s a unique experience. Spending time with a personal make-up artist and hairdresser beforehand, selecting your own outfits and acting out a few poses in front of the camera is a first-time experience for 99% of the ladies we meet.
However, on talking to our clients we quickly found out that the experience on the day itself is only a small part of their motivation to have a shoot.
You see, before each shoot, we have an in-depth talk with each client. What we found very early on, was that each client had their own unique story to tell and reason for booking a shoot.
And the reasons were as wide and they were varied.
Suddenly, we realised that we had a huge responsibility to these ladies. A responsibility to make sure that we made each and every booking special with their reasons in mind,
So, we’ve compiled a list:
‘Ten Most Popular Reasons Women Book a Boudoir Photo Shoot’
In no particular order;
Reaching a weight milestone
After, often years, of battling with their weight, some women choose to mark the occasion with a photo shoot. For some, it’s the crowning moment of their weight-loss journey and the thing that inspires them to keep going.
Before and after having children
Our bodies change after childbirth. Some choose to have a shoot beforehand as a way of remembering how they once were. For others, it’s to celebrate their bodies after childbirth – to still feel proud and beautiful, despite the changes to their bodies.
Wedding, anniversary or birthday present
Probably the most common reason people book a photo shoot. A set of boudoir photographs is a very unique and special present for a partner… and often completely unexpected.
Simply because it would be a fun experience
These are the people who have a bucket list! The ones who want to live life to the full and try things they’ve never done before. These shoots are normally all about having fun with the shoot, playing to the camera and making it a day to remember.
A present for a partner working away
Our careers and jobs can sometimes take us away from our loved ones, or our loved ones away from us. Quite often we photograph ladies who want to send something special and intimate to their partner working away or serving away in the armed forces.
Having a photo shoot after getting a divorce is more common than you may think. The shoot is to remind them that they are beautiful and valuable. For some it’s to celebrate the occasion, for others it’s a way of taking back control of their life.
Over-coming a health issue/scare
We all, probably, know someone suffering from a major health issue. Some are lucky to win their battle and a boudoir photo shoot is their way of celebrating who they are and what they’ve come through.
One of the most common pieces of feedback we receive from our clients is how the photo-shoot gave them a new sense of confidence. Some describe the experience as life-changing, giving them the confidence to do things they would never have been able to do before.
With confidence comes empowerment. A boudoir shoot can remind you of who you really are, the strong and confident women that lives inside you – the one that you need to find and radiate.
To remember I am beautiful, whatever my size, shape or weight
Beauty isn’t measured in inches, it’s measured in the nontangible qualities we demonstrate. Our clients are blown away by their photos, with many still not actually believing that it’s them in the photos. “I never knew I could look that beautiful” is often something we hear.
Boudoir photography has an amazing power to transform how women feel about themselves and their bodies.
Many women think they could never do a photoshoot like this – we want to prove to you that you can!
There are many reasons that women book a boudoir photo shoot, what will your be?
The one thing many don’t realise is all the benefits of a boudoir photo shoot.
Some women choose to have a boudoir photo shoot as a gift for a significant other, whilst others simply do it as a gift to themselves!
6 Benefits of having a boudoir photo shoot.
We all have imperfections, nobody is perfect, and to move past these insecurities takes courage. After your boudoir shoot, you will realise that your body is nothing to look down on, it’s sexy and beautiful.
“I’ve struggled with body issues for most of my life being a larger lady and had never considered a boudoir shoot. I can say it was one of the most liberating experiences I have ever had. Aby and Keith made me feel very at ease with the whole experience – and the photos speak for themselves.
As with anything outside of your comfort zone, it’s scary at first.
However, afterwards, you will have a new sense of confidence. Seeing your final images will remind you that nothing is impossible and that you can do anything you put your mind to.
“I left the studio feeling transformed, beautiful, sensual and womanly!Every girl needs such a self-esteem boost! It should be a prescribed therapy!”
Posing in front of a camera can be nerve-wracking at first, especially when you’re in lingerie or while partially naked.
However, after spending an hour with a professional hair and makeup artist those nerves will soon dissipate. Our personal stylist will then take you through a range of poses and you’ll also get to see the photos as we shoot them.
“A massive thank you to you both.
Before the day, I was honestly ready to pick up the phone and cancel my shoot. The last thing I wanted was my lumps and bumps forever immortalised on camera.
Wow, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I’m so so pleased I plucked up the courage to do this! From the moment I walked in, I was made to feel welcome and put at ease instantly.
Happy memories. If anyone is sat there thinking that they can’t do it, do it! You will honestly not regret it.”
4. Memories that will last
Every time you look at your photos, you will be reminded of the experience. The nerves and worries beforehand, turning to joy and excitement. Furthermore, These types of memories last a lifetime.
“I left feeling like a million dollars with photos I shall treasure forever. Thanks”
5. Show’s you can be sexy
Every woman is sexy in her own way, including you! Furthermore, it doesn’t matter about your age, shape or size, a boudoir photo shoot will remind you that you’re still sexy.
“The natural make-up, constant laughter and excellent photography mean I have a selection of images which look glamorous. Most importantly, they show that I was having a great time and reflect a sparkle in my eye I thought I was too old to find again.”
6) Radiate Confidence
When you feel confident inside, it radiates outwards. Other people will notice your new-found sense of confidence – in
“Years of abuse, put-downs and anxiety were wiped away when Keith showed me the slide show of my pictures on the big screen. In short, I saw a confident, beautiful, happy woman and it was me.
It sounds corny but it was like a wave of emotion – I was seeing me fo
Why Moving Pictures?
Here at Moving Pictures Boudoir we promote body confidence and positive change for women, through our transformative Boudoir makeovers and photo shoots.
These benefits of a boudoir photo shoot show that Boudoir photography has amazing power. Consequently, it has the power to transform how women feel about themselves and their bodies.
“I was honestly ready to pick up the phone and cancel my shoot. I didn’t want my lumps and bumps forever immortalised on camera. I didn’t want to look at my pictures and wish I have lost a few pounds or see them as a constant reminder of the bits of me I don’t like.”
Most of the ladies who come through our door feel the same way that you’re probably feeling… unsure, worried about wobbly bits and lacking the confidence to stand in front of the camera.
They all leave empowered and feeling more confident.
Don’t just take our word for it, have a look at some of the reviews to see what Emma and other ladies have said about their experience with us.
Apply now for a complimentary makeover and Boudoir photo shoot worth £199!
Don’t worry if you’ve not done anything like this before, or if the idea makes you feel nervous – we’ve photographed hundreds of women of all ages, shapes and sizes and 99% of our customers never had a Boudoir photo shoot like this before either.
A boudoir photo shoot can be a life-changing experience, and yes, a daunting one if it’s your first time.
There’s a saying that says if it scares you a little but excites you a lot… do it.
99% Of the ladies we photograph have never done anything like this before, and just like you, they feel anxious and a little scared. But they all leave feeling more confident and sometimes exhilarated, and pleased they did it… for themselves.
If you’re looking for your next ‘challenge’ or life-changing experience, forget running a marathon, for now, you’ll have plenty of time to punish your body (and soul) another time!
Come and slip on some sexy clothes instead and we’ll show you how beautiful you are right now.
Apply now for your chance to be selected for a complimentary session (worth £199) and £75 credit towards your images, at our studio in West Sussex.