When it comes to your wedding photography, so much has to align and fall into place for you to end up with the kinds of pictures you’ve been dreaming of. For starters, you need to find photographers who are up to the task and with whom you feel comfortable, but a lot of it has to do with you alone.
Some brides and grooms are little on the shy side, and if that includes you and/or your partner, check out this post, Wedding Photography Tips for Shy Brides and Grooms, however, you don’t have to be shy person to feel a little uneasy on camera.
We’ve been doing wedding photography in NY and NJ for years now and we’ve worked with all kinds of couples and comfort levels in our time in the business, so we thought we’d put together a few tips for getting a little more comfortable in front of the camera(s).
Practice, practice, practice.
First of all, we highly recommend scheduling some type of pre-wedding photo shoot so that you get a chance to work with the wedding photographers you’ve chosen to document your big day, whether it’s an engagement session, a bridal portrait, or even a “groomal.” For more on that last one, check out this post, Wedding Photography Trend Alert: The “Groomal”.
That way, you’ll get to know your photographers better as well as the entire photography process, but that’s not the only way you can get little practice in before your big day. Remember, a lot of the potential impact of your photos will have to do with your own comfort level alone, not just with the chemistry between you and your wedding photographers.
So, even if you schedule some type of pre-wedding photo session with your photographers, you may still want to enlist the help of some family members or friends, or maybe your wedding party, for some additional practice. You can even bring a cheap bouquet along and practice holding it different ways.
The point is, practicing some poses alone in your bedroom in front of a mirror is one thing, but to truly prepare for the wedding photography process, you need to start practicing getting your picture taken by someone else. Then, you can peruse the results and see which kinds of poses and pictures you like best.
Do a little location scouting.
Now, while getting comfortable with the process of having your picture taken and with the particular personalities and practices of your photographers will go a long way toward making you more comfortable, it can also help a lot if your surroundings feel somewhat familiar on your big day.
So, whether you head to your wedding venue with some friends or family members for a little practice photo session or you and your partner just set aside a day to take a trip there, getting a lay of the land can help to make you feel a lot more comfortable once you return for your wedding celebration.
You don’t necessarily have to take any pictures when you go to scout your wedding location either. It’s more important that you and your partner walk around the venue’s spaces and grounds.
That way, you’ll start to get a feel not only for potential portrait spots but also for the kinds of distances and surfaces you may have to traverse on your wedding day, whether a little assistance will be necessary to keep your wedding day attire clean, etc.
The bottom line is that we know full well how important it is to scout locations as longtime NY / NJ wedding photographers, especially if we haven’t been to them before, but you may be surprised to learn just how much taking the time to do some scouting of your own can help you feel a whole lot more comfortable with the photography process.
Prepare for a potentially slow start.
Most people, even those who usually feel fairly comfortable and loose when appearing in front of a camera, tend to need a little time to get to that point. It’s very rare for someone to automatically start off completely comfortable and ready to go.
So, if you’re feeling a little stiff and awkward with the photography process soon after your wedding day begins, don’t sweat it. As long as you’ve taken measures to get more comfortable with it all, then rest assured that you’ll fall into your groove soon enough.
And, as always, you should speak with your photographers about the issue. That way, they can plan to gradually ease into the process to make things a little easier on you, and for more on the importance of communicating with your photographers, check out this post, 4 Things You Can’t Forget to Tell Your Wedding Photographers and Videographers.
Now, after you speak with them, that may mean taking the first pictures of the day in a familiar setting like your or your partner’s home, or possibly allowing you and your partner to just relax and chat with one another for a little while at the start of the process so that you’ll feel more at ease.
They may just decide to start snapping away as early as possible to work all the kinks out and so that you and/or your partner can start feeling more comfortable, but the point is that there are ways to ease into the process so that you don’t have to jump right into a stilted pose or uncomfortable position.
Just be yourself and have fun!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to start taking measures to get more comfortable being on camera, and make no mistake, your comfort level will make a huge difference in the overall effectiveness of your wedding photos.
After all, you can find the perfect location, the best and most talented wedding photographers for the job, and the weather can hold up beautifully, but if you and/or your partner are uncomfortable in your pictures, it’ll show, and too much time, thought, and effort goes into to getting all those other elements just right.
The last thing you want to do is to end up with an album full of pictures in which you and/or your partner look uneasy and awkward. So, start practicing as early on in your wedding planning as possible, scout your locations, prepare for a slow and potentially awkward start, and lastly, just try to be yourself and have fun. For some more tips, check out this post, Tips for Loosening up for Your Wedding Photos.
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 with dazzling wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.