When we first met with Sarah and Antwan, they let us know right of the bat that they weren’t crazy about taking photos but definitely wanted beautiful photos to represent their big day. We told them that's totally natural and that it's something that we hear all the time from our clients. So much in fact, that we have started to specialize in making our couples feel comfortable with their photographer so that they can shine through as their true selves. We're not all models or even comfortable being in front of someone else's lens. So we wanted to list out a few tips for couples (and wedding photographers) to help you get those lovingly natural shots that couples love to see in their gallery!
1. Have an Engagement Session
We always say this, but we always always recommend that couples have an engagement session to get to work with your photographer before your big day. This will give you some practical one on one time with them and will help you get comfortable in front of their lens.
2.Don't Look at the Camera
Sometimes it feels awkward staring directly into a lens. Don’t be afraid to not make eye contact with the lens 100% of the time. Hey, if it feels better to look to your side or even straight pass the camera then do that. You look better when you feel better and after a little while your photographer will pick up on what makes you look (and feel better).
3. Role Play
HAVE SOME FUN. Nothing gets your mind off of an uneasy task more than playing with your significant other. We give our couples “exercises” to keep them busy being connected. These turn out to be some of our favorite images.
4. Be Honest with your Photographer
It's ok to tell them your insecurities. If you're a photographer, instead of asking them what are they insecure about, ask them what they love about themselves and accentuate that. You can also ask their significant other what they love most about the other and play off of that. When client's see more of what they love the more they will trust you in the future.
5. Hire a Photographer you feel a connection with
Gonna to be real honest with you here…find a photographer who you can identify with. Of course you want an artist whose photographs you enjoy but also a person who you feel you can be yourself around. When you hire a photographer who you feel connected with not only will you your images come out more authentic but you will have the ability to trust them and their process just a little more and that’s ideal for clients and photographers alike.