For some people, having a camera pointed in their face doesn’t phase them at all. In fact, there are people who, upon realizing there’s a camera pointed at them, turn it up a notch and start effortlessly falling into poses.
And then there are those who, once they realize a camera’s even pointed in their direction, completely fall apart. They simply don’t what to do or how to act, and it’s totally understandable.
The thing is, you’re being relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera is crucial to getting the wedding photos you’ve been dreaming of. So, we decided to put our experience in NY / NJ wedding photography to work and pass on some tips we’ve picked up for loosening up in front of the camera.
Stop worrying about making great photos and just let them happen.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to your wedding photos is trying to force some type of inauthentic emotion or expression into a moment to make for a better photo. It’ll only result in pictures that appear stilted or staged.
And worrying about trying to play some sort of character in your wedding photos all day will not only result in poor photos, it’ll also get in the way of you enjoying the celebration. Your photographers will be snapping away all day long, so you’d have to keep up the act for a while.
So, although you’ve probably heard it before, just relax and be yourself instead. Focus on taking in every moment and enjoying the company of your partner and all who come out to support you two on your special day.
The point is, don’t concern yourself with how your photo album will look later on but with enjoying every single moment of your wedding day and allowing your emotions to flow freely. That’ll make for much more powerful pictures.
If you have a drink, just make it a drink.
Many people like to have a glass of wine, a beer, or another alcoholic beverage of some kind to help them unwind and relax, and if that’s something you do regularly or on occasion, then by all means, go for it.
It’s a wedding, after all, and finding a drink shouldn’t be an issue if you need one at any time, but just remember, while you want to be comfortable and relaxed on your wedding day and in your photos, you don’t want to be too relaxed.
It’s too important an occasion and too long of an event to start drinking heavily and, trust us, we’ve been in wedding photography in NY and NJ for long enough to know that, while it does happen occasionally, it never makes for good photos.
So, if want to have a drink or two to help calm your nerves so you can relax, enjoy your day, and stay at ease in front of all your guests and the cameras, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just drink responsibly and keep it to a minimum.
Practice makes perfect…or at least better.
Again, for some people, having a camera on them is a somewhat otherworldly feeling; they’re just not used to it. And like with anything else that you’re not used to doing yet you want to get better at, practice can help a lot.
We’re not just talking about standing in front of the mirror and practicing poses either. You’ve probably done that before, and it’s not an accurate way of simulating the experience of having a camera pointed at you. The only way to practice that is to have someone point a camera at you. So, do that.
Whether it’s your partner, your friends or relatives, or your wedding party, have your photo taken by other people. Practice doing the kinds of things you imagine you’ll be doing on your big day. You can even bring some props along like a bouquet to get an idea of how you’ll feel and look holding it.
Also, tell whoever comes along to function as your photographers to snap away and to try to some candid shots of you and your partner as well. That way, you can start to get comfortable being yourselves with each other on camera.
Practicing won’t just give you a chance to start getting used to the feeling of having your picture taken for an extended period of time either, it’ll also allow you to see how you appear in different kinds of photos.
Find and spend some time with the right wedding photographers.
In addition to doing what you can on your actual wedding day to stay relaxed, scheduling an engagement photo session with your wedding photographers beforehand can go a long way toward keeping you comfortable once it comes around.
By spending some time with your photographers before your wedding, you’ll be able to get all the nerves associated with working with new people out of the way and you’ll also get the chance to get a feel for how they work and for what you can expect on your wedding day.
The bottom line is that if you’re at ease and relaxed being on camera, it’ll make for much more impactful wedding photos. So, if you’re the type of person who isn’t yet comfortable with a camera pointed at you, you need to start getting comfortable with the process as soon as you can.
That way, your wedding album will be full of authentic, emotional, genuinely unforgettable moments that tell the true story of your wedding day.
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of experienced NY / NJ wedding photographers, videographers, and editors who’ve been making memories magical in the NY, NJ, PA, and CT area for years by creating stunning wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.