Courage for the camera shy || Meet the lens as a friend

Lucy Lambriex, Portrait photographer for the camera shy

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12 Videos (22m)
    • Courage for the Camera Shy

    • Some karaoke

    • Why so shy?

    • Let's get physical!

    • The other side of fear

    • Use an object

    • Dynamic posing

    • A weird exercise

    • Class project

    • Looking at photos of yourself with kindness 1

    • Looking at photos of yourself with kindness 2

    • Meet your new friend, set a date


About This Class


You'd rather go to the dentist than have your portrait taken. You freeze when a camera is pointed at you, but you NEED a good photo portrait of yourself representing who you really are? This is your class.


Some of the things you'll do, learn and practice in this introductory class:

Commit to gaining courage and showing up in front of a camera;
Get some insight into the drivers of your camera shyness;
Get physical;
Prepare yourself for a portrait session, mentally as well as physically;
Some really weird exercises;
Dynamic posing and taking charge of your photo session instead of feeling like prey to the photographer;
Have your portrait taken;
Start looking at photos of yourself with kindness.


Courage = feeling shyness or fear and doing it anyway;
Learning happens best when we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves;
Get into action and practice (it is not enough to watch the videos);
Don't force it; take your time.


No experience with being photographed professionally is needed to enter this class. You may not even experience real camera-shyness and still benefit from growing your confidence and familiarity with the camera.


It is my belief that the best learning and personal growth results happen when we enjoy ourselves. I try to make the lessons playful and light, even though we'll do some comfort zone stretching and inner digging. 


This is not a technical photography class and you will be invited to do some personal inquiry. You will be in charge of how deep you'll allow yourself to go, however: some of the lessons may evoke strong emotions and memories. If so, go slowly and be kind to yourself. If necessary: ask the help of a trained therapist to support your process.


Tom Beek for composing and playing all the great and fun music.
Bas Brader for being my willing and playful guinea pig.

22 of 22 students recommendSee All

Lucy's class was fresh, fun and very engaging! It was full of unconventional, extremely useful advice about overcoming camera shyness, and I would highly recommend it.
Samyukta M

Astronomer / Reader / Student of Life

I enjoyed this class very much, and it will be seen whether I have the courage to commit. I am almost into my sixties and NEVER remember feeling comfortable in front of a camera. And I always thought it was just me. The class was fun, funny, personal, and warm, like listening to a friend encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, even while providing a safety net.
This is awesome and a little unexpected. Not a class for the faint of heart though. It's deep stuff. You will really work through some personal issues if you do this right. I have only just started and can already notice how the introspective exercises bring up some old stuff for me. But it's good. I really like the creative details in the class like the animations and the music and musical accents. I'm a sucker for saxophone. Lucy feels like a photographer and a teacher you can relax and be open with. Highly recommended class.





Lucy Lambriex

Portrait photographer for the camera shy

You really don't like to be in front of a camera, but you need good photos of yourself, for your online presence or business page.

You would like to learn how to behave in front of the camera a way that is natural and really brings out the real you.

And you are willing to practice a little? Keep reading and join my class!

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