Tips for Feeling Relaxed and Confident for Your Wedding Photos

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If being in front of any type of camera makes you a little nervous, you’re probably feeling a little worried about your wedding day. This is totally understandable and know that it’s completely normal to feel a little nervous about having your photo taken the entire day and most people aren’t used to have their photo taken all the time while wearing clothes they don’t normally wear. Here are a few things that you can do to make the experience more relaxing.

Schedule an engagement shoot

There’s nothing like a little practice to make you feel more confident on your wedding day, and an engagement shoot is the perfect way to get some practice in beforehand. It also gives you the chance to get to know your photographer. Most photographers include an engagement shoot with their wedding packages – please note, they don’t usually have a monetary value so don’t expect a discount if you don’t want the engagement session. This gives all of you the chance to get comfortable together and practice poses, angles, and lighting for your skin tone.

Ask for tips

Your photographer is the best person to speak to about any fears and concerns that you may have about having your photo taken. They’ve photographed weddings countless times and will be able to give you the best tips and advice so that you feel more relaxed on the day. Remember, they’re there to make you look and feel your best. There are hundreds of posing tutorials online so take the time to practice them and get comfy moving from pose to post – do this in front of a mirror so you can see how you look and which poses and angles you want to keep.

Angles are everything

How you position your body and your arms will make an instant difference to your photos. Twisting your body slightly can give you a slimmer waist while leaning on your back leg will give you beautiful curves, and squeezing your bum will improve your posture. Again, ask your photographer for advice or turn to the red carpet for inspiration from your favorite celebs.

It’s all in your head

It may sound simple but the more confident and positive your thoughts are, the more confident you will feel and act on the day. Adopt a “fake it till you make it” attitude to take better photos. The more you smile, the more you want to smile! Have a photo shoot with your friends to practice and put those photos everywhere you can see them to keep you inspired and motivated.

Forget your photographer is even there

You’ll automatically be more nervous when you keep thinking about someone standing there with a camera. The key is to enjoy your day and focus on taking everything in instead of on the fact that there’s a photographer present. Professional photographers take more of a subtle approach so this won’t be difficult.  When I perform marriage ceremonies I often can’t find the photographer in the crowd and have to make sure they know ahead of time that I will be looking for them to give them the cue that the kiss is coming up next!

Remember to trust your photographer

Lastly, trusting your photographer is key to feeling more relaxed and confident on your wedding day. Remember that making you look good is in their best interest as well as yours so don’t be shy about talking to them about your concerns – just keep in mind, they can only do so much editing and won’t be able to take 100lbs off anyone in photoshop!

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