Beach photography Northern Ireland- How to feel less awkward in front of the camera

We all know that feeling—the camera points your way, and suddenly you don’t know what to do with your hands.

If you’ve ever felt awkward in photos, you’re not alone. As a Northern Ireland beach photographer with 15 years of experience, I’ve seen it all. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tried-and-true tips to help you feel less awkward, more relaxed and look your best on camera.

family of five Downhill Beach photos

Tip 1: Relax and Have Fun

The best photos capture genuine moments of joy, so take a deep breath and let yourself enjoy the experience. I always encourage clients to think of our photoshoot as a fun day out, not a formal event. Bring your best energy, play around, and don’t be afraid to laugh. Real smiles always look better than forced poses!

Tip 2: Focus on Each Other

Instead of fixating on the camera, turn your attention to your loved ones. Engage in conversations, play games, or even share a funny story. When you’re interacting naturally with each other, the awkwardness fades away. As your photographer, I’m always on the lookout for these genuine moments of connection—they make the best photos.

father and son on the beach

Tip 3: Trust Your Photographer

With my 15 years of experience, I’m here to guide you through the process. I’ll suggest poses that feel natural, pick locations with great lighting, and help you get comfortable. You don’t need to worry about anything—I’ve got you covered.

family of four on beach

You’ve Got This!

Feeling awkward in photos is completely normal, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. With a little practice and by following these tips, you’ll be forgetting about the camera in no time. Remember, the key is to be yourself and have fun with the process.

Ready to give it a try? If you’re interested in booking a Northern Ireland beach family photography session and want a relaxed and enjoyable experience, let’s chat! I’m here to make you feel at ease and to capture those beautiful moments you’ll cherish forever.

I am now taking bookings for summer beach shoots, with limited weekend availability left. 




Downhill beach family photoshoot

Downhill beach family photoshoot

It was lovely to catch up with Edeanne and Sammy on their Downhill Beach family photoshoot and to capture memories for their family. I had the pleasure of photographing Edeanne and Sammy’s wedding (I won’t say how long ago!), so it was lovely to hang out and get some...