Feeling comfortable in front of the camera

If the thought of being in front of the camera is worrying you, you are not alone! As wedding photographers, a lot of our couples tell us they don’t like having their photo taken, we are here to guide you through the experience. Here are our 8 top tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera whether it be a couple shoot, an engagement shoot or your wedding day!

1: Wear something that makes you feel great! Really plan your outfit ahead of time, wear clothes that fit you well, if they are too tight or too loose, you will feel uncomfortable. Think about where your photo shoot is taking place and plan an appropriate outfit, ladies, if you want to wear heels maybe take a pair of flats to walk from each location. Try and wear colours that complement each other, and avoid really loud crazy patterns!

2: Book an engagement/pre-wedding shoot with your wedding photographer if you are really worried about being in front of the camera on your wedding day. This is the best way to practice having your photo taken before the big day, your photographer can get a feel for what poses work for you, and give you a ton of tips & advice to apply on your wedding day. It will help you get used to having the lens pointed at you which can be daunting at first, but after a while you wont even notice it, trust us!

3: Watch your posture. When you feel uncomfortable, you have a tendency to slouch and hang your head down. Make sure you stand tall! Imagine there is a piece of string coming out the top of your head and someone is pulling it up. For the ladies, crossing one leg in front of the other gives a flattering curve, for the guys, a deep breath in before the photo is taken will expand your chest for a stronger pose.

4: We encourage you to get your hair and makeup done professionally. For an engagement shoot, why not have a makeup and hair trial for your wedding day? Professional hair and makeup will look so much better in your photographs as your makeup artist will know the right products to get the best result. And guys, plan a haircut a few days before so you are looking your best!

5: For your wedding day, allow enough time for your photos, this is an important one! If you only allocate your photographers 5-10 minutes for your photos, they will not have enough time to really get the best out of you. They will stick to the 'safe' poses instead of having the time to really personalise your photos for your day. Talk with your photographers and create a space in your timeline for at least 20-30 mins to have photos taken of just the two of you away from your guests. This way you will get a great set of couple photos to display around your home.

6: Choose the right photographer! This may seem obvious, but we have spoken to many couples who didn't even meet with their photographer before their wedding day, and they didn't feel relaxed with them and it really showed in their wedding photos. We love to meet our couples in person at least once before the big day, not only so we can get to know them and what kind of style they are looking for, but so they can get to know us too. Our aim is to make our couples as relaxed as possible with us, your wedding photographers are normally with you the WHOLE day, so on the wedding day we are more like friends than strangers. 

7: Ladies, watch those arms. The majority of wedding dresses are sleeveless, so you may be tempted to keep your arms close to your body or clasp them behind your back. This can actually make your arms look bigger and your shoulders broader. Instead, try lifting your arms out to the sides, just far enough to give the biceps and triceps some breathing room. Kerrie dislikes the tops of her arms so she would never wear a sleeveless top to a shoot, show off your best features and cover up the parts you are conscious of.

8: Last but by no means least.....have fun and be yourself! Don't overthink it, trust in your photographer to bring the best out in you. The ultimate aim of any shoot is for you to enjoy the experience, follow our top tips and the rest will follow. 

 WRONG: In this pose there is what we call 'Negative space' between us and we look stiff and don't appear relaxed.

WRONG: In this pose there is what we call 'Negative space' between us and we look stiff and don't appear relaxed.

 CORRECT: Close contact, heads together showing that we are in love and happy together, Kerrie also has her belly button to James hip and James has his hand in his pocket showing a more relaxed pose.

CORRECT: Close contact, heads together showing that we are in love and happy together, Kerrie also has her belly button to James hip and James has his hand in his pocket showing a more relaxed pose.

 WRONG: Close up version as above. Look how far apart we are!

WRONG: Close up version as above. Look how far apart we are!

 CORRECT: Close up version as above. Now we look like a couple!

CORRECT: Close up version as above. Now we look like a couple!

 WRONG: A Lot of women pose with their hand on the hip BUT do not have your hip towards the camera, it gives the impression of a larger hip. 

WRONG: A Lot of women pose with their hand on the hip BUT do not have your hip towards the camera, it gives the impression of a larger hip. 

 CORRECT: Have your hip away from the camera giving a better figure for the women. Drop all the weight on the hip furthest from the camera.

CORRECT: Have your hip away from the camera giving a better figure for the women. Drop all the weight on the hip furthest from the camera.

 WRONG: A lot of men will do what James calls "needing to go to the toilet" pose. Legs spread, core is out and hand over the crouch. This is not at all flatttering.

WRONG: A lot of men will do what James calls "needing to go to the toilet" pose. Legs spread, core is out and hand over the crouch. This is not at all flatttering.

 CORRECT: Core is in, hands in pockets with thumb out and for the taller men thumbs in the pockets and hands out. James is also standing nice and tall imagining a piece of string is pulling his head up. 

CORRECT: Core is in, hands in pockets with thumb out and for the taller men thumbs in the pockets and hands out. James is also standing nice and tall imagining a piece of string is pulling his head up. 

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