Being in front of the camera should be fun! Just ask Lindsay Schlick.
The camera is an intimidating reflection for any of us. The mere thought of staring into a lens triggers anxiety about our extra weight, the flaws in our skin, the grey hair we try so desperately to hide, and on and on.
But we often forget that the camera has the power to make us feel good about those things — to accept and embrace our self-proclaimed flaws. Yes, really! When you look at the finished product, and see yourself exactly as you are, you realize it’s not as bad as you thought. Hell, it’s even better! You look good!
Now, maybe that hasn’t been your experience. Maybe your last shoot or headshot wasn’t fun at all. I get that. Not every photography experience is the same.
But we at SchlickArt want you to have a wonderful experience seeing yourself — no matter who’s behind that camera lens or how you feel about being in front of it. So, here are five things to keep in mind if your goal is a shoot that’s more FUN than stress.
Your own personal stylist
Hold on a minute — I’m not telling you to call up Kim Kardashian and ask her for a recommendation. Stick with me. Whether you can’t match socks to save your life or you’re on the verge of becoming an Instagram fashion influencer, clothes look different on camera. So lean on your photographer to be your personal stylist, or bring a friend who knows how to make you look and feel your best.
At SchlickArt, your photography session starts with a quick and creative styling. Whether you bring a suitcase full of shoes (it’s happened) or a few simple selections, Lindsay Schlick will go through your wardrobe with you. She knows color, shape and the dynamic of clothing in a photoshoot, like you know the ins and outs of your own field. So you’re not just getting a good photo — you’re getting a little bit of star treatment at the same time. And trust me, it’s fun. Lindsay will probably throw in a couple English sayings that won’t make sense to you at first. Quit taking the piss out of yourself, honey — you’ll pick it up eventually.
The little things that aren’t so little
What makes the difference between a good photo and a total stunner? The little things! The way your clothes fall across your body. Tucking in the flyaways after your hair is freshly done. Fixing your jewelry so the clasp isn’t showing. Making sure you take a deep breath before you step on set. All those details matter! Make sure you or you photographer do a quick check before you start striking poses.
At SchlickArt, Lindsay takes pride in noticing the little things. Why? It’s fun to have someone fuss over you! That’s how you know someone has your back — the same way a best friend would when she tells you to stop what you’re doing immediately because you look totally amazing in that light. She’s always watching out for your natural beauty, and that’s why she’s so good at capturing it.
How to strike a pose
When I step in front of a camera, it’s like I’m suddenly meeting my limbs for the first time. What do I do with my hands? How should I stand? Should I just put my hands on my hips and call it a day? If you feel like you’ve suddenly become Mr. Awkward Arms, ask your photographer some questions! After all, you have an expert right behind that camera.
When Lindsay first started as a photographer, she shot models, but she really wanted to shoot real women. So she figured out how to teach real women to pose like models. Lindsay’s simple, easy-to-follow posing instruction makes you feel like you know what you’re doing, and even better — it makes you look it, too. And she models the pose for you first, so you don’t feel like the only silly one. If she’s telling you to stick your bum out toward the wall, then her bum is already out that direction! So your bum is never alone throughout the whole process.
Champagne and chocolates
Do I really need to explain this one? Two words: liquid courage. It’s also just a good time. Now I’m not suggesting to show up sloshed to a photographer’s studio. I’m just saying, if the option is available, take the glass of champagne.
With every Sincerely SchlickArt session or Signature Experience, for example, you get champagne and chocolate truffles to start. Yes, even at 10 a.m. They’re not just any chocolate truffles either — three decadent flavors that were custom designed by Newhall Refinery’s chocolatier to pair perfectly with SchlickArt’s choice bubbly. Yeah, we’re serious about fun at SchlickArt.
Lindsay Schlick’s secret “Fun Words”
When you think of a photographer, you probably imagine someone yelling cheesy niceties and throwing around the word “baby” like it’s the 80s. Every photographer has his or her way of getting you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. The trick is to go with it.
Lindsay’s secret “Fun Words,”however, aren’t designed to make you feel like you’re on the set of a 80s film; they are designed to make you laugh! The amazing thing about shooting with Lindsay is that she is ready and willing to act even sillier than you feel. She will make fun of herself, do the poses first, and say anything you need to hear to get a genuine smile.
Lindsay Schlick knows this is not about her; it’s about you. She also knows it’s her job to make the experience as fun and relaxing as possible for you — because without that, she can’t get a good picture. While you might feel silly yelling “I’m soooooo sexy!” to a near stranger, can it really be that bad if the stranger yelled it first? What I love about Lindsay is she gives you absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about and everything to celebrate.
Whether Brian or Lindsay Schlick is behind the camera, their goal is the same: to act as the translator between you and that lens, taking all the insecurity, thinking and self-analysis out of the conversation. They’ll be silly, real, open, patient — whatever you need — because they’re determined to make the experience of seeing yourself the way you are as fun and empowering as possible. Yes, I said FUN.
About Lindsay Schlick
With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Lindsay began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty.
About SchlickArt Photography and Video
SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting professional portraiture, business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt. Lindsay Schlick and Brian Schlick run the business together.