The big day is almost here! After months of planning and waiting, you finally get to marry your partner in front of your friends and family and spend a day—or even a whole weekend—celebrating your love and commitment. But being the center of attention with a tonne of wedding photos being taken can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not used to being in front of the camera. That’s why I put together a few suggestions to help you feel more prepared for all the photos on your wedding day!
Do your best to relax.
If you’re not super comfortable in front of the camera, you’re definitely not alone. But if you don’t feel comfortable, it will show in your photos. Take a deep breath and focus on your partner and how much the day means to both of you. The more comfortable you feel, the more natural your body language and smiles will be, and the better your photos will turn out.
Get a little closer.
Whether you two are constantly snuggling or you’re anti-PDA, be sure to take some time before your wedding day to practice a little more affection. The best wedding portraits show the couple’s connection, whether it’s holding hands or wrapping your arms around each other. The more comfortable you are with getting close, the more natural these poses will look in your wedding photos. Plus, it never hurts to snuggle a little more! All my clients can attest that I’m always saying – get a little closer – it really does make for better photos.
Spend some time at your venue.
As you’re planning and preparing for your wedding, take time to walk through your ceremony and reception venues and keep an eye out for scenic photo spots. Look for places both inside and outside, such as gorgeous trees, lush gardens, and cool archways and architectural details that would make great backdrops for your photos. And try to do this walk-through before you’re rushing to get everything set up—a leisurely stroll will allow you more time to really observe and see the best spots. This is part of the service I offer to my wedding clients – I do all the hard work in figuring out the most picturesque places to shoot so you always have the best wedding pictures. #fab
Pause and be present.
You’ve probably heard people say that your wedding day goes by in a blur, and that’s true. After all your planning, the day will just fly by, and you’ll find it hard to remember specific moments. Try to take time post-ceremony to just be with your partner and enjoy the moment. Find a space away from your guests and the busyness of the wedding to really take in the fact that you’re married—and to capture some intimate photos of the two of you. This downtime for you as a couple is the perfect time to have a breather and grab those bridal party photos. If you need posing ideas – then this is a great blog for you to check out.
Be open with your photographer.
If there’s something specific you want out of your photos, like certain shots or family portraits, be sure to talk to them ahead of time. Your photographer’s job is to create the wedding photos you want, photos you’ll love for years to come. That’s why it’s so essential to communicate your desires and expectations.
If you’re nervous about your wedding photos, take a little time to prepare so you can feel more comfortable and get the natural, gorgeous images of your dreams!
Need more tips for getting ready on your wedding day? Then check out this post where I share my top tips for a picture perfect wedding day. You may also like this one where I recommend 7 must have wedding photos for your big day.
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