If you’re the sort of person that constantly ducks the camera like me, having all eyes on you on your wedding day can be particularly nerve-wracking. I’ve worked with many couples that always tell me they hate having their photo taken, they want their photos to look natural or they are just not photogenic. Believe it or not, there are ways around it! You want to feel relaxed on your big day, not stressed out about the wedding photos. It’s my job to help you feel as comfortable as possible whilst capturing every important moment and also proving you wrong, that actually you do look great in photo’s, so I’ve put together some tips for the camera-shy bride and groom that can prove really helpful on your wedding day:
Get comfortable with your wedding photographer. I spend most of the day with the couples I’m shooting, so I always like to spend time with them ahead of the wedding to get to know them as a couple, and also get a sense of what they want. It helps to ask lots of questions, explain your feelings with having your picture taken and get to know your photographer on a more personal level too. That way, it feels like a friend taking your picture as opposed to a professional taking your portrait.
Work with someone you know you can trust. If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, asking around for a referral is a great way to get connected with someone that’s likely to understand. I’ve shot many of my friend’s weddings, and find that those couples having pictures taken by someone that they know or that has great recommendations are naturally more at ease.
Ask for a journalistic style. This fly-on-the-wall style of shooting allows me to blend into the background, taking candid pictures and capturing intimate moments without being obtrusive. If you’re not a fan of poses and set pictures, this is a great way to still get high-quality wedding photography on the day without having to take time out for a photo session and interrupt your celebrations. However, posing can have its place during your couples portrait session, like me, a lot of photographers are very experienced at this, and will know how to make you look great, so you don’t have to worry about what to do.
Don’t over think it! Many couples come to me with preconceived ideas of how their photos “should” look, and admit to spending countless hours researching poses and practicing smiles in the mirror. Often, this only makes things worse! The best advice I give those who are apprehensive about having their picture taken is to relax. The more comfortable you feel, the more natural you’ll look, and ultimately the better your photographs will turn out.
Be honest. If you don’t feel comfortable holding poses or smiling, I’m certainly not going to force the issue. It’s important for me to know upfront that you’re not comfortable in front of the camera, as this will help me develop a plan of action to ensure you are the most comfortable you can be without compromising the quality or number of pictures taken on the day.
Pre-wedding shoots. This for me is by far the best way to help you settle your nerves before your big day. Pre-wedding shoots are a great way for you to get to know your photographer and vice versa, in a relaxed informal environment. So many couples thank me after they opt to have a pre-shoot, as they get a real idea of how I work, pose and make them feel totally at ease in front of the camera.
While I love Asian wedding photography and what I do, I appreciate that not everyone is as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it. With some communication, I can ensure that you get amazing wedding photos on the day whilst ensuring you feel 100% comfortable.