How To Pose Confidently For Street Style Photos

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I wouldn’t say I grew up a shy child; our home videos paint a picture of a loud, bossy 6-year-old putting on performances for anyone who looked her in the eye, belting out the lyrics to Little Girls from the ‘Annie’ Soundtrack. I had zero shame & was clearly thirsty for the spotlight.

With age, I grew increasingly self-aware and somewhat insecure of myself – as most teens and young adults do. It probably started as a result of innocent middle-school bullying – by innocent I’m referring to petty teasing; nothing permanent or detrimental to my lifestyle today. Nonetheless it was enough for me to feel uncomfortable whenever several pairs of eyes aimed in my direction, for whatever reason.

..Hilarious that I used to fear attention during this time in my life, only to end up in a career that demands it!

So when I started my blog and began focusing on it as a business, one of the bigger things I knew I’d have to overcome is my insecurity of taking photos in public. Living in any major city means not having the luxury of locations to yourself. If I wanted the shot, I’d have to prepare to be captured in front of a crowd of bystanders, tourists, and attempting photo bombers.

There are still times when I feel insecure taking photos, especially when people around me stop & stare or make comments about what I’m doing. But at the end of the day, my goal is to get the shot at all costs. So I had to come up with a strategy to mentally get myself through the insecurity in order to see the job through.


Here are my tricks to feeling more confident about posing in public for street style photos:

EVERYONE TAKES PHOTOS IN THE CITY

The number of selfie sticks and tourists taking pictures is uncountable. You’re not the only one trying to capture the moment.

NO ONE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU & WHAT YOU’RE DOING AFTER 3 SECONDS

Ask yourself if you’ve thought about someone you saw being photographed for the rest of your day. Chances are you completely forgot about him/her less than a minute after walking past them. The same goes for the people walking by you; they truly don’t care.

PEOPLE STARE BECAUSE THEY THINK YOU’RE IMPORTANT

For the people that stop & stare, most often it’s because they think you’re part of a professional photo shoot or something alike. If they take pictures of you on their own, then it’s probably more a precaution for them to have proof they saw you getting photographed before whatever publication they think you’ll be in comes out. Similar to if you see a celeb on the street casually walking by, you just want the photographic evidence you saw him/her in that moment. My advice: OWN IT.

YOU’LL NEVER SEE THESE PEOPLE AGAIN

There’s a 97% chance you’ll NEVER see these people watching you get photographed again. It’s not like high school where you’ll constantly run into someone and be reminded of a weird pose you did (or if your dress blows up with the wind…lol) So don’t let little awkward moments get to you if they happen; most of the time they do & you can’t do anything about it. So own the shoot, be daring with your poses, and treat each photo session like it’s your last – because it technically is for that current audience watching you.

What are your tricks to posing in public? I’d love to hear what works for you in the comments below!

Tweed Top: Zara | Denim: Frame | Loafers: Sam Edelman | Bag: Furla | Earrings: Kendra Scottcolor above coming soon


 

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22 Comments

  • Reply jenna | the urben life September 12, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I’m heading to Disney World soon and this is just what I needed to read!! I always have to remind myself that I’ll never see these people again. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Ah yay!! I’m glad these helped you Jenna! Have a BLAST at Disney – so so jealous! xx

  • Reply Jessica A Jannenga September 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Great tips! i don’t feel to insecure about shooting in public. If there is a large group of people around, i might.. but i love your points. no one is paying that much attention… and right! if they are looking I try to pretend I am part of some big fashion shoot!
    Love the top, what texture and beautiful colors. Those earrings really caught my eye!
    thanks for linking
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

      You’re so lucky! I’m probably similar now that you said that – the larger the crowd, the easier it is for me to feel like I’m “blending in” but any time in someplace out in the open, especially when I’m in my hometown in NJ and guaranteed to be seen by someone I actually know, I get weirdly anxious! It usually takes me about 2 outfits to warm up before the feeling settles haha.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jess! xx

  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies September 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Brilliant! It’s the stuff I tell myself when I get a bit wobbly. Thanks for sharing this xx

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much Maria!! Glad these mental tricks have helped us both! xx

  • Reply Bailey September 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Love these tips!
    it’s definitely nerve wrecking taking photos in public at first.

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Bailey! Totally, I’ve been taking pictures in front of strangers for 5 years and I still get moments of insecurity! xx

  • Reply Mallory September 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    This is so true! I love the part where you say that no one is looking at you! We tend to get into our own minds when we step out of our comfort zone!

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      We totally do! I’m guilty of it all the time until I remember it’s all in my head! Thanks for stopping by Mallory xx

  • Reply Avery Brighton September 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Great tips! I will remind you next time I see a fab location that just happens to be popular!

    • Reply Tilden September 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Yes please! Sometimes need that gentle nudge of a reminder 😀 x

  • Reply Maureen September 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I actually love taking photos and being in the photo so no problem there. The issue I have is when I have to pose in so many different ways. A standard photo of stand there and smile is all good with me but when I have to think of another pose to accentuate my clothes or accessories then that gets me stressed out. I love your top btw. Very pretty and those fringes are just too adorable!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Reply Tilden September 15, 2018 at 4:41 am

      Totally agree!! I feel like I end up posing one or two particular ways which makes deciding which of the 100 taken will be used in the post – I get frustrated with myself when I realize I look the same in almost every photo ughh. Working on that part too! xx

  • Reply Ruth September 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I take all my pictures by myself with a tripod. I used to ONLY use it in my backyard. I’ve been working up to taking pictures and now I feel comfortable using my camera and a tripod pretty much anywhere. I’ve learned that most people just look or comment that they like my outfit. Very few have actually asked what and why I’m taking pictures. When I do they all have been impressed!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

    • Reply Tilden September 15, 2018 at 4:42 am

      WOW! That’s amazing you take all your own pictures, Ruth! That’s not easy to do and you totally pull it off xx

  • Reply April J Harris September 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    These are excellent tips, Tilden. It’s true, most people are only curious and it’s best to be flattered by their attention! Thank you for sharing this excellent post with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you are having a great week!

    • Reply Tilden September 15, 2018 at 4:43 am

      Thank you so so much April!! xx

  • Reply Hayden September 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    One of my least favorite parts of being a blogger has been posing for street style photos. Which no one understands because I chose to do it. But I love these tips!

    Hayden // http://www.hautetableblog.com/2018/09/tell-me-somethin-good.html

    • Reply Tilden September 15, 2018 at 4:44 am

      100% agree with you Hayden! Sometimes the last thing I want to do is take photos and I’m always excited when it’s over lol. So contradictory to what our jobs demand, but I guess like anything else stressful we strive to avoid it at all costs haha xx

  • Reply Sabera September 14, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Loved these tips! One of the biggest parts about being a blogger is finding the confidence to take tons of pictures with everyone around you. I love your reassurance that everyone does it in the city and probably don’t care that you are!

    • Reply Tilden September 15, 2018 at 4:48 am

      Thank you so much Sabera! It’s so true though, cities are probably the best places to photograph in a way because it’s easy to blend in with the crowd of people; it’s like being a goldfish in the ocean, there are too many other things (& people) to look at and ultimately, our photoshoots get less and less interesting to the strangers walking by us hahah x

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