I can safely say that one of the most asked questions I get from my guests is if I had one tip to share with them, what would it be. I tell them to always have their camera on them and practice ALL of the time. I want to add something to that though. Your confidence is so important in your work. It doesn't matter what kind of pictures you are taking. You HAVE to believe in yourself! You are your hardest critic, and it is OKAY to tell yourself you messed up, but you HAVE to learn how to fix it every time.
I tell my clients of all types that if they are not confidant in their performance during the shoot that it shows up in the pictures. Well guess what photogs, YOUR performance matters too!
You have to be comfortable around your equipment, around people, with the situation, where the pictures are being taken and so on. The models feed off of the photographers, and it is up to us to make them smile, or portray the emotion we need them to. Any of my clients will tell you that I bust out some crazy ideas to make them smile. EVERY PICTURE YOU TAKE IS IMPORTANT! How? Well if you take a "bad" picture you can learn from that picture and make it better next time. The old theory of 1,000 pictures putting out one good one is still true, but after practice you can narrow your focus a little bit to know what you are looking for more often. After a lot of practice, I look at EVERYTHING differently. I wonder which angle would look best for each subject. NEVER DOUBT YOUR SELF WORTH. You are the only person who will take the picture YOU want. YOU are the person who will do the work to achieve your goal. You will be the one to do it. If you doubt your skill or worth, then you may end up giving up all together.
If you have doubts, don't feel alone. We all do. Just take a step back and assess everything about the image. If you are on location and you are having doubts about the shoot. Move to a different angle and look at it again. Look at where you were standing, the angles, the height of the camera, the available light, take it all in. Maybe there is a better vantage point only a few feet away, maybe it is shooting from the opposite direction. I always ask my friends and fellow photographers to critique my work. It is how I get better, it helps me find things that I never noticed. I hope that you all have confidence in what you are doing, no matter what you are shooting. I hope that you find the passion and drive to keep trying for that perfect shot, no matter how many it takes, the feeling of capturing an idea on camera. Best feeling ever. Till next time, keep your shutter finger ready, have a good night!