Overcome Wedding Day Photo Jitters for the Images You always Dreamed of
Sep 20, 2017 | By: Photography by Christine Enna
Hello Everyone and Welcome to the Art of Connection!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I started my business with the premise that I wanted to feel a great connection with my clients.
I wanted them to know that they were free to express any concerns they had and would receive a personal attention through the entire process from booking, to wedding day, to the delivery of albums and prints.
I like to know how you met.
I like to know your vision of your day.
I like to know YOU
One question that was repeated time and time again, "what do we do in front of the camera?" I know picture taking can be difficult for some of us. I actually don't find being in front of the camera a lot of fun. We have a long history of being told to "Say Cheese!" and well of course that doesn't work on your wedding day.
So what can you do to have those beautiful, relaxed and candid wedding photographs you always wanted?
Here are 8 tips to get you started!
1 Let your Photographer know how you Feel
I know we don't always want to admit that something makes us uncomfortable. We want to think it will just sort itself out or we will be okay. However, sharing your concerns about being in front of the camera from the first consultation will really help your photographer get a better idea of what to expect and can lead to a conversation to help ease your concerns from the very start.
2 Choose the Right Photographer for You
You will spend a good portion of your entire day with the team who is in charge of taking your pictures. While a portfolio says a lot about a photographer's work, taking into account their personality will go along way in making the entire process more fun and enjoyable. Do you like this person? Do they address your questions in a way that makes you feel satisfied? Are you comfortable with how this person will interact with family and guests? Good questions to take into consideration.
3 Practice Doesn't Hurt
Booking an engagement session with your chosen photographer gives both of you an opportunity to explore, play, have fun and get to know each other without the pressure of the Big Day.
4 Have a discussion with your spouse to be about Expectations
Being on the same page on the day of your wedding will go far in how feel while having your pictures taken. How much time do you want to spend? Do you want to leave your cocktail or reception to get that perfectly lit end of day photograph? Coming into alignment with each other is a great thing and good practice for the life you about to launch together. So go ahead and have that talk and let your photographer know your expectations!
5 Allow for some Privacy
Typically I begin the "photography" part of the wedding day, the time set aside for family, bridal party and couple photographs, with family first. Then I photograph the bridal party and couple, then just the couple. Experience has taught me that when the couple has some privacy, when there is no one around to watch, thats usually when the magic happens. So as you are planning your day or working with your coordinator, try to set up a time and a location where it will just be the two of you and the photo team. You will be amazed at much more relaxed you feel and fun you can have even in the midst of a truly hectic day
6Focus on Each Other
Yes there are those standard shots that we all need to have that require a bit a pose in front of the camera, but we all love those candids the best. One way to get into that mindset and take your mind off that pesky camera firing away is to focus on one another. Talk to each other, soak in the moment and enjoy the love that brought to together.
7 Be as adventurous and try not worry about the results
The results of course are your photographer's job, and yes we want you to get the most out of it. And yes we do have a tendency to encourage you to try somethings that may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, or may even get your dress a little dirty. If you are not interested than please say so! We respect that of course. But if you would like to see just what might happen, what could happen and you are enjoying yourself then allow a little wiggle room, you never know. Your favorite photo of the day could be one you never expected
8 A Little Champagne Never Hurt
Yes its cliche, and yes too much is not a good idea, but sip or two can calm some nerves and relax you into the photoshoot of a lifetime.
Hope this helps and please join our mailing list for continued updates on ways to get those great photos!