If you’re not a famous socialite, chances are you’re a little nervous about being in front of the camera on your wedding day. Knowing that the wedding photos will be some of the only tangible things you’ll keep from this special day can add to the stress of making sure you look absolutely perfect. Just the thought of looking stressed out is enough to stress you out, right? We’ve asked a few fabulous local wedding photographers to come to your rescue and share their expert advice on enjoying the spotlight, camera shy or not.
Here are seven amazing tips on being comfortable in front of the camera:
1 “Find a photographer that you feel comfortable with. Most photographers will offer a consultation prior to booking and it is a great time to see if your personalities mesh well,” Kelly Q, Creatively Yours.
2 “Hire a professional. By this I mean someone that has been doing photography for a couple years at minimum. If your photographer is uncomfortable or unsure of them self, it will only add to uncomfortableness of the couple.” Kelly Q, Creatively Yours
3 “Have an engagement session! This will allow you and/or your partner a chance to:
a- “practice” having your photo taken, b- become better acquainted with your wedding photographer, c- gives your photographer a chance to gain your trust in the fact that they CAN make you look amazing and d – gives you a chance to see how you look the best and what angles and poses look and feel most natural for you.” Jenn Alberts Photography
4 “Forget the photographer is there, and just focus on the people you’re with. Trust that we’re professionals, and we won’t let bad photos of you out into the big bad world.” Emily Wenzel Photography
5 “Choosing the right photographer will greatly improve your confidence and experience in front of the camera on your wedding day. Photographers talk about how it is important to have the correct chemistry with your photographer–which is true–but chemistry won’t make up for a lack of training and experience. If you do your research, and hire a true professional with training as well as experience, you will be able to relax on your wedding day the moment your photographer shows you just one single image straight out of the camera.” Ashlea Terhune Photography
6 “Be in the moment and trust your photographer: Relax, breathe and if all else fails, concentrate on your groom. Also trust that your photographer has dealt with tons of couples and most don’t start out comfortable in front of the camera. Most sessions we do start out with the bride and groom being a little apprehensive but we work hard to make them have fun, relax and really get in the moment of enjoying their magical day. “ Erika Walker, 2 ee’s Photography
7 “Create a story. I’m a firm believer that it is the job of the photographer to put their clients at ease and make them feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. I have a few techniques that I use to calm my couples’ nerves, but my favorite is to create a story for the couple to interact with. Creating a story for the couple to act out gives them something to focus on besides the giant lens in the distance, and gives them the chance to re-center their attention onto each other, instead of on me.” Sarah, Park Road Photography
Follow this advice and you’re basically guaranteed to look your absolute best while having the best time ever on the best day ever. How about you? Do you have any clever tricks from personal experience to share with us?