Psyphotology - A Look at Why People Are Afraid to Be In Front of a Camera, and How to Fix That

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"For those of you that are having trouble seeing your own beauty....could you please just take a better look around for it.    And when you find it..................allow us to see it too" - Peter Hurley

Psychology+Photography = Psyphotology  (psy-pho-tah-lo-gee) 
 
For most people.....Why are you afraid to be in front of a camera?  If you take tons of selfies...but freeze/get uncomfortable when a camera (especially a "big" camera) is pointed at you....why?  Whether you know it or not, a lot has to do with how you let yourself perceive yourself.  I wholeheartedly believe that one's self-image reflects immensely in how they look in pictures.  This is too important for everyone to not to watch.

The video below is 13 mins, but it goes by pretty quick, and it's a good watch.   It not only applies to having your portrait taken....take it to heart & you can allow yourself to see yourself in a whole new light.

From PetaPixel.com:

Well known headshot photographer Peter Hurley has teamed up with respected psychologist Anna Rowley to develop a way for people to overcome their fear of being in front of a camera.

The pair call this research and application Psyphotology, a clever wordplay on psychology and photography. Their hope is to impact the world by helping us gain self-acceptance rather than focusing on criticism.
 
Hurley and Rowley met while working on an assignment for Microsoft. After meeting and better getting to know one another, they realized their mutual interest in figuring out the underlying reasons for which we’re afraid to be in front of a camera.
 
They recently gave a speech at TEDxCambridge on the subject of helping people to be more comfortable in front of a camera:
 
 

 
The talk starts out with an anecdote that highlights how even Miss Universe, a woman who certainly shouldn’t be self-conscious in the looks department, had inhibitions about being photographed by Hurley. From there, Rowley explains how she too was afraid of being in front of Hurley’s lens and how that fear lead to her wondering what it is that develops this fear and how one could quiet his or her inner critic.

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