Super confident in front of the camera? If you are, that’s great! Let’s face it though, not many people are, and that’s fine too. This is a post for those of you who might have a few reservations about that part of the day, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Let me guess: You’re probably worried that you’re going to look super awkward, and that somehow every blemish or flaw will be magnified – I mean, how often do we find that we’re de-tagging ourselves from those horrific photos our friends posted on Facebook?! Every. Single. One. It can’t just be me?! Let me stop you there – you’re wedding photographer should be a little more experienced than your friend with a ‘real’ camera, and if you’ve picked the right one, they’re going to be able to catch your best side, so don’t worry about that!
That being said, there are definitely a few things you can do, yourselves, to make sure you’re portraits are as painless and beautiful as they could possibly be, here we go!
The Engagement Shoot is important!
We talked about the engagement shoot a little bit more in this post, but it’s the first section here for a reason! Take advantage of the engagement shoot, it doesn’t take long and it’s the best practice you’ll get before the big day itself. It honestly isn’t as scary as you think it’ll be. Once you get these photos back and see that you look totally fine in front of the camera, you’ll feel so much more relaxed on the day itself. It’s also a great chance for you and your photographer to get to know each other a bit better, win win! If you’re struggling to choose a location, don’t worry – we’ve got it covered! Check out this post we made on the best engagement shoot places in the area (our favourite is Humber Bridge Park!)
The photos won’t take much time on the day itself, either, but be sure to talk to your photographer about the best times for portraits. Usually, this is around 15 minutes in the middle of the day, and around 10 minutes during sunset (weather dependent, of course!) It’s a fraction of your day, but these really are the photos you’ll show future generations! Rather than seeing it as a 15 minute ‘photo shoot’, try and see it as 15 minutes that you can spend together quietly for the first time as a married couple, a little break from the busyness of a wedding day. See, much less stressful, right?!
No need to be sensible!
Not the sensible type? No need to worry at all. All you have to do is be yourself, the best images are the ones where we can capture your character! The portraits are all about you guys, so be as silly or as sensible as you like, if you’re photographer is a good un’, your photos should look wonderful regardless.
Posing isn’t all that bad
Posing seems to have grown a bad reputation over the years, likely the result of lots of awkward, cheesy, and obviously staged wedding photographs – not our style! Honestly though, subtle posing, when done right, isn’t bad at all. By no means will we pose every limb. What we will do is give you a little gentle direction, just really simple stuff – so you won’t be worried about where the bouquet should go, or what your arms should be doing, or where you should be looking!
You’re not going to look terrible, so smile!
We can’t possibly vouch for every wedding photographer out there, and let’s be frank, they’re not all equal! The chances are though, if you’re reading this, you probably care a lot about how the photos will turn out. Put all that care and attention into finding a good photographer you can trust, with a portfolio you love! If you’re confident they can make you look your best, you’re going to feel your best. That means super relaxed photos and plenty of smiles – and at the end of it all, that’s the most important thing!
Book Us to Tell Your Story
We only photograph 15 weddings a year. Some photographers take on 50 a year with no interest in whether the day was enjoyed by you and your guests. Afterwards, they’ll give you only files, not a story that will be cherished by you and your families for generations.
Visit our wedding page to see how we go above-and-beyond the average photographers, guaranteeing you are proud to show off your photos for generations!