Confession time: I hate being photographed.
Okay, okay. I might be exaggerating just a bit. But, it’s definitely not my favorite activity in the world! The truth is, the more and more experience I have on the other side of the lens, the more comfortable I feel! Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help you look natural in photos. Also, be sure to read this post for even more insight.
1. MENTALLY PREPARE. I don’t want to go all woo-woo on you, but it’s all about your attitude. Believe you’re going to have a great time and look fantastic, and I promise you will! As a bonus, be sure to select clothing that looks and feels good. Don’t force anything unnatural or uncomfortable. If you prefer jeans and a tee, that’s totally cool. Before the session, if you’re so inclined, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, hair cut, etc. and on the day of, if you don’t want to worry about doing your own hair and makeup, hire a stylist to help bring out your best.
2. FOCUS ON YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. My number one secret while at the shoot: focus on each other! When I feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, I grab my husband’s hand or nuzzle into his neck in an effort to partially hide my face. It totally works, and those intimate cuddly photos are beautiful too. That being said, I promised we’ll get tons of classics shots of you looking right at the camera, but we might have to work up to that.
3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LAUGH. At the beginning, you’re probably going to feel a bit awkward. That’s ok. Embrace it and laugh it off. It’s kinda like that fear we had in middle school of doing something so embarrassing that the entire school would talk about it for months. In retrospect, no one cares, right? I’m laid back and I don’t judge. In fact, if you look awkward, that’s on me. Let me worry about the posing and making the session so fun you forget to be uncomfortable!
4. PDAs ARE A-OK. I know it feels a little awkward to kiss in front of someone as they snap your photos, but I promise, it’s not weird for me at all. (And, that’s not as creepy as it sounds!) I love documenting love, so go ahead and give each other lots of hugs and kisses. In fact, I encourage you to cozy up. If the idea of lots of strangers around feels weird, we’ll choose a secluded location for your session. Going back to #2, if you’re focused on each other, it helps remove the feeling of staring in the camera like a deer in headlights.
BONUS: GETTING MARRIED? OPT FOR AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION FIRST. The number one thing I hear from brides and grooms: “We are so awkward in photos.” I always laugh, because I hear it all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Then at your session or wedding I discover you’re actually supermodels in the making. How you feel matters, so if you feel as though you’re awkward, let’s do a trial run with an engagement session so I can prove you wrong! Then it’ll be smooth sailing on your wedding day.
For my clients: please be sure to email me to request my session guide with tons more information.
Images captured on the Contax 645, and Canon 1V with Fuji 400h film