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How Can Men Feel More Confident in Front of the Camera?
Just like their female counterparts, men today are under as much pressure as women to have so called ‘perfect looks’ with many feeling more body conscious than ever before. Whether through social media, television reality shows or men’s magazines, they are being judged against male models with washboard abs and square jaws.
For some men the results can affect their mental health including a disliking of their own body and lack of confidence to stand in front of a camera.
Step in Birmingham-born professional photographer, Gary Lindsay-Moore, who wants to help men feel good about themselves through his creative Dudeoir Experience, which officially launched in the city in February.
Gary’s Dudeoir Experience allows men to embrace their bodies, wrinkles and scars in front of the camera, in a safe, caring, inclusive and welcoming environment bringing out their own individual personality either in a studio or on location. Gary encourages clients to be themselves and feel comfortable in their clothing whatever they choose to wear.
“I know from first-hand experience what it is like to be trolled on social media and called ‘fat and ugly’ by a total stranger, it can really erode your confidence,” said Gary.
Gary continued, “As an actor and mature model I have experienced what it is like on both sides of the camera. I want to break down barriers and give something that is completely individual to the client, not the same old tried and tested studio set up every time, we are all individual.”
Gary has honed his craft over 35 years through creative projects, portraits, funerals, events and live music. His early career saw him assist the famous people photographer Sandra Lousada who has photographed the likes of Steven Berkoff and Vanessa Redgrave.
Gary added, “Sandra taught me indispensable techniques to get better pictures than the usual. And, as a father of a special-needs son, I know how to read people well, make them feel safe and confident.”
Gary’s existing professional photography already attracts interest from a diverse range of communities including heterosexual to LGBT+ and is hopeful that the launch of his new Dudeoir Experience will promote wellbeing and help clients feel proud of who they are.
As well as his Dudeoir Experience, Gary also works with terminally ill clients and their families providing a sensitive and caring approach to their photoshoot. He has also donated his services free of charge to a local hospice.
Gary has enjoyed two solo exhibitions, the first showcasing his well-known photography of urban Birmingham and Badwonderland depicting the darker side of Alice in Wonderland.
To find out more information please go to www.garylindsaymoorephotography.co.uk.