It’s completely normal for people to feel awkward and camera shy in front of the camera. It’s not something we do every day. We are our own worst critiques especially when we see photographs of ourselves. We all feel pressure to look fantastic on our wedding day. The worry of what if it doesn’t translate into the photos. So far your track record is you hating having your photo taken because you always feel like you look silly and awkward not knowing what to do or how to smile when a camera is pointing at you. So here’s how to feel confident and like yourself in your wedding photos.
As a photographer, I know how it feels, as soon as a camera is pointed towards me I get the heebi-jeebies, and my smile becomes super awkward. This is coming from someone who knows all of the rules. I try to remember though, these photos that I don’t like are taken by people who don’t think to consider my double chin, or which angle is best.
One of the main fears I hear is people are frightened of Feeling awkward all day, we’re not all comfortable having “all eyes on you”
Or what if the photographer is controlling and bossy, and you not liking the photos because you were forced into a pose and then smiled awkwardly.
One of the main pieces of feedback I get from my couples is that they felt super comfortable with me. By the time your wedding day has arrived we’ve spoken many times, we’ve met up for a cuppa or two (and cake hopefully) we’ve had a walk around the venue or location where we’ll be having the photos. Chances are by this point I’d have said or done something daft so you’ve worked out I’m human and easy to laugh at.
When it comes to the afternoon of having your couple photos taken, I’d have already been with you a good part of your day, possibly seen you in your pants (not a requirement), and let’s be fair there’s no going back from there, we’re in the comfort zone by this point I’m just like a sober mate that’s tagging along because it sounds like fun.
“you’re a reassuring face to spot in the crowd, on a very overwhelming but amazing day” – Sally and Gavin
I’m not bossy or controlling, it’s your day I’m there to photograph what’s happening, and you being you. I’ve photographed lots of weddings, and I always say, you can’t beat that proper smile, and that big belly laugh.
I help you out if you need, so you don’t feel that awkwardness of where to put your hands. Often people will naturally fall into a lovely pose, as you’re cwtched up with your loved one, straight away you feel more comfortable. Documenting your day as it happens is exactly what I do.
I’m always super flexible to your wants and needs when it comes to you being in front of the camera.
Sometimes it’s a great idea to have an engagement session. I know what you’re thinking, Nope, Nada, Not going to happen, put myself through that twice, not appealing. It helps you feel more relaxed, like with everything the first time is always the hardest so by the time the day comes around you know exactly what to expect so it’s even easier to feel relaxed and to be photographed.
The most important thing about your day is that you enjoy it, have no worries about anything, and can relax and feel all of the love and fun.
My warm friendly approach makes it easy for you guys to feel relaxed and like I’m just a mate taking some great photos of you showing how madly in love you are.
I’m all organised on the day, which helps with you being able to relax and not worry, which always ends up with better photos of you enjoying yourselves. I give you the freedom to be yourselves on the wedding day. Without needing to worry that the day is passing you by, I’m always up for a giggle so the more fun we have the better.
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