Being Confident Being Photographed on Your Wedding Day
1. Get used to being photographed. Practice. Smile!
With my friends and family I’ve always been “the one behind the camera”. I snap away when I’m out, on holiday or in the countryside. People very rarely take my picture — and when they do I have a habit of pulling funny faces. Can’t help it.
This was my third photo shoot and it was easier because I’ve practiced smiling at a camera now. I know it’s not a scary thing to look into a lens and grin, or gaze into the distance, or to carry on as normal while I know there’s a lens pointed at me.
So start being in photos. Have a day out with your fiancée or fiancé and take each others’ pictures. Pose. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy it.
2. Have a practice shoot with a photographer
It can be different being photographed by someone you don’t know as well. So try that too! Ideally, have a pre-wedding or engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. It will help you all to prepare for the wedding day. You’ll see how your photographer works: will they direct you, crack jokes to make you smile, talk you through pictures for example.
Your wedding photographer will also learn about you, get to know your personalities and if you’re nervous they’ll help you get used to the camera. Trust me — your first professional shoot can be daunting, so if you have a pre-wedding shoot in a relaxed location with only the two of you and your photographer, it will help your confidence so much!
3. Choose your wedding photographer wisely
It’s so important to find a photographer who you’ll enjoy having around on your wedding day. The very best (like Chris) will make you feel on top of the world. Friendly words, directions if you need them, and always a smile… that’s what I think you should look for.
Choosing a wedding photographer should be about far more than just price and portfolio. Look for someone who’ll make you smile even without their camera handy! Your photographer will be there throughout your wedding day so you really need to find someone you can relax and laugh with.
4. Consider documentary wedding photography
If you’re very nervous about having your photograph taken, then consider reportage photography for your wedding day. (Or documentary photography, or photojournalism — the photographer’s perspective will be the same.)
Photographers who shoot in an unobtrusive style will capture the emotions and memories of your wedding day as they unfold. Documentary wedding photography often includes more images of your wedding guests as they enjoy your day, as well as relaxed photos of you both which you may not even know are being taken! Look for feedback on your wedding photographer’s website that says “We hardly even knew you were there!”
5. Or look for a photographer who’ll make time for you both
If you’re worried that your wedding photos will come back full of blinks and weird grimaces (this would be me!) then approach it another way: choose a photographer who will take you, as a couple, away for a quiet walk or a romantic shoot as your guests mix and mingle.
Brides and grooms often tell me they really enjoyed having half an hour to enjoy each other’s company away from the general rush of the wedding day. While it’s just the two of you with your photographer, he or she can concentrate on getting some stunning shots of you — with no distractions and a more relaxed atmosphere.
These images can be the most romantic and beautiful shots of your day, the ones you’ll have printed on canvas or framed as well as in your wedding album. It’s this time, when you’re relaxed in each other’s company and with the expert direction of your wedding photographer, when you’ll get some of the most stunning images of the two of you as bride and groom.
…and enjoy the experience!
Most of all though, remind yourself that being photographed can be amazing fun. Whether it’s your pre-wedding shoot or your wedding day, you’ll be looking your best and you’ll be as happy as you could possibly be. Your smiles will be radiant. The camera loves happy, confident people.
If there’s a bit of shyness in the way, then I hope these tips will help you overcome it. I hope they’ll put your mind at rest about being photographed on your wedding day.
I’m going to end this post with my favourite words from Chris Hanley — because this is what it’s all about. Remember this, and you’ll be fine!
“Love being photographed. Love the photographs you are in.”
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