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I serve women owned small businesses here at Madalyn Yates Creative. Together we create a strategic plan to bring heart & soul to your brand through storytelling photos & beyond.

When I’m not behind the camera, you can find me hanging out in my office, sipping on a latte at local coffee shops, baking something delicious & traveling the world.


Coming to you this week with a tip for your next branding session or honestly, anytime you’re in front of the camera! Does posing make you nervous? Honestly, same. You’re definitely not alone. Here are a few tips to help you at your next branding session!

Cures for Posing Nerves Madalyn Yates Photography Branding Photographer


Having something to hold or to do while your photographer snaps away is a game-changer and will help you feel less nervous. Here are a few of my go-to props to cure the posing nerves: camera, coffee mug, a bouquet of on-brand flowers, a planner, or whatever tools you need to do your service or product!

Play Your Favorite Tunes

Play your new favorite album or pick your go-to playlist so you can open up and have some fun! I am a huge fan of turning up the music and dancing through my branding sessions!

Here are a few fun songs that will guarantee some awesome candid portraits: This Girl Is On Fire, Fancy Like, anything Justin Beiber, Walking on Sunshine!

Include Your Friends, Co Workers or Pets

 Include other people in your branding session – especially if you’re a service provider, let’s showcase what it is you do!! Since I don’t have a team or co-workers, I tend to include my pets for this part! When I am trying to showcase my service, I do include models or real-life clients to tell that story to my audience!

Shift. Your. Gaze

Movement is so so helpful when you’re being photographed – not all your photos need you to be looking directly at the camera! Be sure to look at your props to make it look more authentic!

Well, that was fun! I loved switching gears and sharing how to find a few cures to posing nerves with you! If you’ve read this and you’ve learned something new, comment below and share with me! And if you’d like to learn more, I’d love to chat with you! Click here to book your branding session! xoxo, Madalyn


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