When planning your wedding, preserving the day’s memories is a top priority – but couples who aren’t used to being in front of the camera might find the thought a bit nerve-wracking.
If this sounds like you, the good news is you’re not alone. Here are some tried-and-true tips to ease those nerves and make the most of your wedding photoshoot.
Communicate with your photographer
It’s normal to be a little jittery about pictures, but it’s worth bearing in mind that an experienced wedding photographer will have worked with all sorts of couples – from introverts to extroverts and everything in between. Remember that ultimately your photographer wants the same thing as you: a set of beautiful pictures capturing this special day.
Getting to know your photographer before the ceremony can go a long way towards easing tension. Pre-wedding shoots, such as engagement shoots, are a great way to build rapport with your photographer and get used to being in from of a camera.
Doing a bit of brainstorming with your photographer may also make you feel more relaxed. Talk about what kind of moments you’d like to capture. If you’ve seen something online that you want to emulate, bring a few reference pictures along to discuss.
Strike a pose
When it comes to posing, the options are practically limitless. First, there are the wedding classics, like the dip kiss, holding hands and facing each other with foreheads touching. Though some consider these a tad overdone, there’s a reason why they’re so popular – they work.
Another idea is to incorporate a bit of movement. This can help you relax and make for some interesting and dynamic pictures. Walking, running or jumping are good places to start, and if you’re feeling it, try out a spin or a lift.
Add some props
If you’re unsure of what to do with your hands during a wedding shoot, props can be the ideal solution. Bridal bouquets and veils are perfect for this, but also consider quirky props like picture frames, balloons, or signs.
Timing is everything
Wedding days are extremely busy so scheduling the shoot is key. Many couples do the wedding shoot right after the ceremony. If you choose this option, make sure that guests have something to do during this time. Consider setting up a cocktail hour, hiring some entertainment, and or organising a fun activity.
If you’d prefer to go straight from ceremony to reception, consider doing the shoot before the ceremony. This does of course mean that you’ll see each other in wedding attire before the ceremony, which some couples prefer to save for the aisle. On the other hand, it does offer a chance to experience the first look with your partner in a more private setting – not to mention, the genuine reactions in this moment make for great pictures.
Tackle the awkwardness together
Being camera-shy makes it difficult to act natural, and embracing that can not only ease the tension but also make for some great shots. Most people’s first response to an awkward situation is to laugh, and leaning into that can be the perfect way to break the ice. Try whispering a joke or something silly in your partner’s ear.
If you need to, take a short break to be alone with your partner before returning to the shoot. In all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget that this is your day to celebrate your union – and taking a moment to focus on each other can be the perfect reminder of that fact.
For more ideas, tips and tricks, check out these articles from around the web:
6 tips for taking wedding photos if you’re camera shy – Wedding Wire
How to look good in your wedding photos – One Fab Day
How to take wedding pictures when you’re camera shy – The Knot