Being a photographer I can say that I have heard it all. From “I hate having my picture taken” to “I can’t smile naturally”, but it doesn’t have to be this way and having your photograph taken can be fun. It is my job to get the best out of your personalities and to make you shine in your wedding photographs. However, here are a few top tips to get you ready for the camera on your big day.
- Breathe and relax. I know it sounds silly but people do sometimes hold there breathe when tense. If you feel yourself getting nervous take a deep breath and try to relax. The first few photographs are always the hardest.
- Be yourself and have some fun. You are with your best friend, the person that loves you and wants to marry you. Portraying how you feel and the happiness you feel when your around them will make you look natural in candid photographs. Be silly, mess around and remember your in it together.
- Be well-rested, well-hydrated, take care of your skin, and do not let yourself go hungry and cranky. Preparation is the key, if you feel good, you will look good.
- Remember that every bride is beautiful. This is your day. Step up and take it in. This is your wedding day!
- Have an engagement portrait session before the wedding.Part of feeling good and looking good is knowing how to look your best in pictures. Being trained in posing and lighting I can direct a couple whilst letting them bring their individuality to the pose as well. By doing this I ensure a natural image that doesn’t look forced. During your engagement session, we can identify and practice two or three positions that are particularly flattering for you-then you will know what to do on your wedding day.
- Tell your photographer your insecurities. I am a woman and I get it. I instantly get drawn to the parts I don’t like about myself when I see a photo. If I know my bride is conscious of something I help pose you and edit photographs I know you will love.
- Find the right hair and make up artists for you.Have practice sessions with them to discover a flattering look that you will be comfortable in all day and night.
- Find the right wedding dress and shoes.Make sure they not only look amazing on you but can move comfortably throughout the day. If you cannot hug your loved ones without adjusting your strapless gown every time, or if your feet are killing you, can you really expect to feel comfortable and at your best on the day?
- Ask questions. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Questions are good! The more questions you ask, the more involved you become, and the more informed you are. The process will become a lot easier for me as your photographer and for you being in front of the camera if there are no doubts.
- Make a positive change or embrace. If you feel your confidence needs a boost then start working on your mindset. Before my wedding, I focused on toning my arms for 4 months, I felt more confident on the day because of the effort I had put in beforehand. Embrace yourself for the bits you like and the bits you don’t like.
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