Ways to Feel More Relaxed in Front of Your Wedding Photographer’s Camera

I often book private sessions with photographers just to stay comfortable in front of cameras – I get photographed so much and want to make sure I look good in YOUR wedding photos!

I’m sure we all know someone who is just a natural in front of a camera but if you’ve been getting a sinking feeling in your stomach every time you think about being in front of a photographer on your wedding day, know that you’re not alone. Naturally, you want your wedding photos to look amazing and the more relaxed you are, the better your photos will turn out. Here are a few tips that will have you breathing easy on the day of your wedding.

Always meet your photographer in person

Never pay a deposit for a photographer before you meet them in person. You may love a photographer’s style but if your personalities aren’t a good match, you’re not going to feel as comfortable as you want to on your wedding day. Ask lots of questions including how they work with other vendors to get the best photos. Ask about the photos they take of the ceremony, ask how much they care about these photos – I’ve had two photographers say “I just don’t care” straight to my face when I tried to discuss how we would work together to get certain shots. Is that a photographer you want at your wedding?

Schedule an engagement shoot

The best way to get more comfortable in front of the camera is to schedule an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. This way you will have a better idea of what to do and how your photographer works by the time your wedding day arrives.

Google posing tutorials – there are hundreds of them out there – and practice at home, in your back yard, with your friends and see which poses work best for your face and body type.

Keep communicating

In the months leading up to your wedding, keep the lines of communication open with your photographer. If you think of a shot you really want or make a change to your timeline, be sure to let your photographer know so that you are both on the same page on your wedding day. Click HOME above in the menu to download my Photo Shot list you can print and highlight the shots you want. Give that to your photographer ahead of time so they know what your priorities are.

Have a glass of bubbly

I’m not usually one to suggest drugs or alcohol for getting through a big life event, but if you’re feeling very nervous, have a glass of bubbly with your new husband or wife to start relaxing and celebrating – just leave it until after your ceremony. Plus, having a glass of champagne in hand makes for a beautiful and fun photo.

Keep the focus on your partner

When you start taking photos, cut everything and everyone else out and just focus on them. Your husband or wife is the person you feel the most relaxed around, so focus on that if you’re feeling nervous.

Schedule enough time

Running out of time will make anyone anxious so schedule in enough time for your couple shots. Also, make a list of everyone who needs to be in each shot and send it to them ahead of time so they know where they are expected to be after your ceremony. This will speed things up because you won’t be searching for family members who are missing from photos.

Hold something

If you hate not knowing what to do with your hands, keep your bouquet or a pretty prop close by so that you can incorporate it into your photos. Champagne glasses, cigars, flowers, jackets, shawls, and horse shoes all make great props!

If you are feeling nervous about your wedding photos, speak to your photographer so that they are aware of it. If they are an expert and good at their job, they’ll know exactly what to do.

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