I want all of my couples to feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. It is an exciting time shooting with your wedding photographer for the first time. So here are a few tips to help put you at ease and make you more comfortable for your engagement photos.
I have a blog post all about outfits here.
I am totally cool if you guys want to grab lunch or go for a drink right before our session. We can get to know each other and you can bring up any concerns before we pull out the camera. If you do or do not want to do something in the session, now is a good time to talk it out and figure out our plan! No ideas are bad ideas!
Choosing a location for your photos that is special to you, or relevant to the vibe of your session is more important than trying to find somewhere that is “fancy” or “nice” just for the sake of being pretty. Being somewhere that you are comfortable will make it easier to relax and enjoy yourself. So let’s find a location that will be perfect for YOU.
If I am silent and letting things happen, it’s because it looks great.
I don’t love to pose my couples like they’re getting Christmas cards done. I like to let things happen naturally so I will give you a direction or an action, and I’ll just let it flow. We can definitely work on some more posed shots if you’d rather that, but we can save those for family portraits on the wedding day.
I will give directions and let things flow for a few minutes, but to get the best variety in images I will shout out new directions or ideas as I see needed. If I don’t say anything, just enjoy the moment and be all romantic (if that’s your style 😉 ).
This isn’t so much as a direction, but a bit of a tip to “feel your best” in your photos if we do some more ‘posed’ shots
But I will say multiple times, “JUST ACT LIKE ITS TOTALLY NATURAL TO HAVE A STRANGER THIS CLOSE TO YOUR FACES” – it’s usually pretty unexpected and will get a good giggle.
The best way to be comfortable with a camera all up in your business is to forget that I’m there.
I will help with prompts and suggestions but I want to capture YOU naturally.
We can take a 10-minute camera break, go for a walk for a new location, regroup. Whatever you need to relieve a bit of the tension.
You’ve already done the hard work of finding the right photographer for your day. As long as you’re comfortable and like your outfits you are going to enjoy the photos, I promise. I’ve been doing this for a long time and the interaction photographs better and more comfortably if you trust me!
You two are in love. You’re getting married soon. You’re wedding planning. You can be stressed and busy all the time. Take this day for engagement photos to just RELAX. Being relaxed will help you be most comfortable for your engagement photos. Heck, we can even go DO something and I’ll just photograph that. The sky is the limit. But I want you to enjoy it. So if posing for Christmas Cards isn’t your style, let’s chat and see what we can come up with!
You two are doing great. You look great. Just OWN IT.
Check out my Pinterest board to see how natural you can be if you don’t focus on the camera – here!
Well, that’s all, for now, my lovelies!
Comment below if you found these tips helpful, or if you have any other ideas on blog posts that I should be sharing!!