How to Feel Comfortable in Front of the Camera

How to Feel Comfortable in Front of the Camera

You might be surprised to hear this, but I’m not always comfortable in front of the camera. My passion is taking your family photos for you to treasure forever; however, I may feel nervous when it’s my turn. 

Believe it or now, it’s common to feel nervous before a portrait session. Unless you’re a celebrity, you might not have your portraits taken very often. You may need to get yourself in the right headspace and be excited to have your picture taken. 

Here, I’ll share five tips to help you relax, feel comfortable, and confident so that you end up with photos that you LOVE. 

5 Tips for Getting Comfortable in Front of the Camera 


1.) Pamper Yourself – This is a wonderful opportunity to pamper yourself so that you feel beautiful and confident before your session. Book hair and makeup the day of the session, so you don’t have to stress. My only recommendation is not to try a completely different look that day. If you don’t have time that day, get your nails done a few days prior. Take some time for you! 

2.) Plan Your Outfits –  Feel prepared for your session by having everyone’s outfits ready to go. I have multiple articles on what to wear for spring, summer, or fall. If everyone has an amazing outfit ready to go, you’ll feel much better and more relaxed!

3.) Choose a Meaningful Location – I highly recommend choosing a session location that’s meaningful to you! You’ll feel comfortable and excited going to the location for your shoot. It’s totally normal to feel shy taking photos if there are other people around, but we’ll be having so much fun you won’t even notice. 

tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera

4.) Make it Fun! – This is your time to look amazing and laugh with your family! There will be lots of giggling and laughing during the session. It’s okay to be goofy! In fact, it’s strongly encouraged. We’ll crack jokes or tell funny stories to get everyone smiling naturally. It should feel like you’re having the best time with your people!

5.) Find the Right Photographer – This is the most important tip, my friend. You need to find the right photographer for you! Someone whose work you like and you feel comfortable with. You need one who you can ask for help choosing your outfits and location, as well as someone who genuinely cares about your portraits! 

Family Photographers Near Newburyport, MA

Find a photographer who makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera so you end up with portraits you will adore! I’m honored to work with my families again and again because we end up feeling like old friends after the session. I’m here to guide you through the entire portrait process so that you feel at ease and relaxed. If you’re interested in booking a session, book a quick phone call with me to see if we’re the right fit!

What to Wear for Your Fall Portrait Session

What to Wear for Your Fall Portrait Session

So many mamas look forward to their fall family portrait sessions! You get to freeze-frame the moment and capture your amazing family as you head into a new season. Usually, by this time, your kiddos are well into their new school year, sports are in full swing, and the season of major holidays is just around the corner. 

You sign up for your fall portrait session, choose your session location, and dream about where you want to hang your new photos in your home. One slight problem, what should everyone wear!? You want your family’s outfits to coordinate but not be too matchy-matchy. 

White Wave Photography clients always get a wardrobe consultation with me to ensure we can create the perfect look for your portraits. I’ve gone to a client’s home and gone through outfits to find the right one. 

Here, I’ll offer my top tips for styling your fall family portrait to help you find the best look for your entire squad!

Tips on What to Wear for Fall

  1. Start with Your Outfit – Yep, mamas, this is an opportunity to put yourself FIRST. Choose your favorite fall outfit, and then coordinate your family’s outfits from there. Moms tend to be the pickiest when it comes to their outfits (but not always), so choose an outfit that you love and feel amazing in for your family portraits. Now, onto what colors and accessories.

  1. Choose Your Color Palette – Stick with browns, creams, yellows, reds, and deep purples to your outfits. Dark jeans for mom and khakis for dad are your friends! Avoid bright, bold patterns as they will detract from your gorgeous faces and the fall backdrop. 

  1. Trust Deep Jewel Tones – Speaking of colors, I always recommend deep jewel tones for the girls’ fall outfits because they look spectacular in front of fall foliage. These colors look great on everyone!

  1. Fall Layers – We don’t want everyone wearing scarves or puffy vests but strategically adding some fall layers can add some fun looks. Plus, if it’s a chilly day, we want everyone to keep warm! Think… a cute cardigan, scarf, vest, denim shirt, boots, etc. 

  1. Minimal Accessories – I usually steer clients away from big jewelry, hats, or hair accessories. I do love when clients have a necklace with special meaning, or it’s part of their personality to wear their hair a certain way. The goal is never to deter your personality but to create a look that reflects you and looks beautiful in your portrait!

Fall Family Portraits in NH, ME, and MA

I’m not being biased at all when I say the Seacoast has the most beautiful fall. We have gorgeous fall foliage, beaches, and local farms that provide incredible backdrops for our fall family portraits. I hope these tips on what to wear helped give you some ideas! My fall portrait session calendar is almost booked, so book a call with me if you’re interested in booking your family photos!

4 Best Fall Session Locations in the Seacoast

4 Best Fall Session Locations in the Seacoast

What’s that in the air? Is it the first crisp fall winds? Yes! It’s been a great summer here in the Seacoast, but I am ready for fall! Cooler weather, sweaters, beautiful colors, and back-to-school time. 

Fall is a popular time for portrait sessions for many reasons. Clients love the gorgeous fall colors and backdrops our area provides. Plus, with back-to-school, families want to capture their growing children and have their photos taken for their holiday cards. It’s also senior season! 

I’ve been lucky to photograph my families over the area and know the best spots. Here, I have my four favorite fall session locations for your portrait session in the Seacoast along with why you might like to have your photos there! If you’re looking for my favorite senior session locations, check out my other blog with those spots. 


Best Fall Session Locations Near You

It’s all about choosing a location that means something special to you. Here are four session locations and why I love them in the fall. 

1. Beach – Think the beach is just for summer portraits? Think again! September and October are great times for the beach because it is cooler and there are fewer people to contend with for great spots. I also love the fall colors dancing off the ocean as the backdrop. 

why have your fall session at the beach

2. Apple Orchards – A classic and beautiful spot for portraits is an apple orchard! My favorites are Apple Crest in Hampton Falls and Cider Hill in Amesbury, MA. These locations offer picturesque orchards that are perfect for your fall photos. 

3. Wagon Hill in Durham – This spot has it all! Great photo locations with scenic water, beautiful fields, and, it’s dog friendly, so you can bring ALL your family members to your portrait session! 

4. Fort Rock Farm in Exeter – In my humble opinion, this location is the quintessential New England backdrop in the fall! Here we have gorgeous barns, colorful fields, and weeping willow trees for memorable portraits.

Fall Back to School Portraits at Vernon Family Farm

This fall, I’m offering a very special Back to School Portrait night on Friday, September 10th at Vernon Family Farm! No matter what the school year looks like for your family, these school photos will be the BEST yet and way to slow down and capture your kiddos. Please visit my web page to learn more and book your spot(s)!

Booking Your Fall Family Portrait Session

Ready to schedule your fall portraits? Fall is a popular time so session slots fill up quickly! I’d love to photograph your beautiful family and create family portrait artwork to treasure in your home for years to come! Send me a message for your free phone consultation. 


Best Senior Photography Locations Seacoast NH

Best Senior Photography Locations Seacoast NH

Your child’s senior portraits are photos you’ll treasure and look back on for the rest of your life! As you’ve learned all about my senior portrait experience, you’ll know that the location of your senior photography session is so important! You want a location that creates beautiful photos, but also one that is meaningful to your senior. 

I share more about when it’s the best time to take senior portraits here. Once you decide when you’re having them done, you need to lock down the location. I’m in the know of all the top spots in the Seacoast and the surrounding areas and I want to share some of them with you! 


Top 8 Senior Photo Locations in the Seacoast NH Area 


  1. Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park offers beautiful gardens, fountains, docks, and old homes with cool doors in Strawberry Banke. So many options for amazing senior photos. Visit the park’s website. 

  1. Great Island Common, Newcastle, NH – This rocky beach offers spots with white sand and seagrass for different beach looks. Oh, and there are two lighthouses – two! Perfect to capture a seacoast background. Visit the website. 

  1. Fort Stark, Newcastle, NH – Senior photos at an old fort!? Trust me, this spot results in seriously amazing photos. Not only are there two forts, but this spot also offers boats in the marina for a beautiful harbor backdrop. The beach and woods give us lots of options for different backdrops! Visit the website. 

Fork Stark makes the list of best locations for senior photos in NH

  1. Swasey Parkway and Downtown Exeter, NH – This lovely local park offers that classic New England views for your photos. This spot looks particularly gorgeous in summer or with fall colors. Visit the TripAdvisor listing.  

Exeter Farm is on Photographer Jennie Bishop's list of top places for senior photo sessions

  1. Footbridge Beach, Ogunquit, ME – Footbridge Beach offers two beautiful senior photo locations along a gorgeous wooden footbridge or the sandy beach as well as spots in between. There are many delightful spots at this location! Visit the Trip Advisor listing.

  1. Raynes Farm, Exeter, NH – This location offers the iconic red barn – the largest in Exeter! The barn makes for a great backdrop but this spot also offers picturesque nature views along the trail and wetlands area. Visit the website.

Stratham, NH offers great locations for senior photos

  1. Wagon Hill, Durham, NH – Here’s another farm, but this farm offers the iconic wooden wagon at the top of the hill! We can take senior photos by this beloved landmark or around the farm property. Visit the website. 


  1. Vernon Family Farm, Newfields, NH – To wrap up this list, a local favorite! The Vernon Family Farm offers unique landscape backdrops for your senior photos. Plus, it’s an amazing local business. Depending on the time of year, your senior photos can feature beautiful wildflowers! Visit the website. 

Finding Your Seacoast Senior Photographer 

I hope this list helped you narrow down where you want your seacoast senior photo session to take place. I love getting to know my seniors and creating a senior session experience all about them and that includes finding the right location for their portraits! If you’d like to schedule your senior photos, send me a message! 


When Should You Take Senior Photos on the Seacoast?

When Should You Take Senior Photos on the Seacoast?

Senior season is in full swing, and I just love it! I love getting to know these young men and women and capturing them during this amazing time in their lives. 

So, now that you have more insight into my carefully crafted Senior Experience and you have my best 5 tips to rock your senior session, another big question remains – when should you have senior photos taken? 

I’ll give you my best tips below, but I want to make sure to say that the senior session is ALL about your senior. If there’s a different season they want photos, that’s great! It’s essential to find a photographer that cares about getting to know your senior and what makes him unique! 

I’ve had the honor of photographing seniors from across the area including; 

  • Exeter High School 
  • Dover High School
  • Winnacunnet High School
  • Portsmouth High School
  • Newmarket High School

Best Time of Year for Senior Photos

The best time of year for your senior portraits is the summer before senior year. Taking them now is close enough to your senior year but gives us time to take, process, and print the photos you want to display in your home and use in the yearbook. July and August tend to be my busiest months with senior portrait sessions. 

Offseason Senior Photos 

Generally, summer is the best time for senior photos, but it might not be the best time for your senior! Maybe your senior is dreaming of a fall color backdrop. Or, perhaps your senior is an avid skier and wants a winter session. The earlier you reach out to your senior photographer and communicate this, the better for planning and execution. 

Best Time of Day for Senior Photos 

I love photographing during the “golden hour” or an hour or so before sunset for the best lighting. Summer evenings lead to a dreamy backdrop, that’s for sure! We can make other times of the day work for your senior. Does she want a sunrise beach session? Yes, please! Does he want to take photos with his car as the sun is setting? That sounds cool! The most important part of senior portraits is capturing your child’s interests and hobbies, so let’s make it happen. 

Finding Your Senior Photographer 

Find a senior portrait photographer who will take the time to get to know your senior and craft her session around her and not the other way around. This is a big moment for your child and your entire family, so let’s make sure to do it right! If you’re interested in working with me, send me a note here. Not quite ready to book? Subscribe to my email and join hundreds of other Seacoast mamas!