Who does not love a wedding?! But sometimes couples can feel stressed or uncomfortable, and that can really show through in the pictures on the wedding day.
Many people tend to feel awkward posing and have their pictures taken by a professional photographer. I myself much prefer to be behind the camera so I totally understand how you feel! Below are some tips that I hope can help you feel more comfortable and camera ready on your Wedding Day.
1. Do an engagement photo shoot
Great photos are made when you and your photographer are comfortable with each other. You will also learn what to expect and hopefully become more relaxed and ready for your wedding day pictures too. This also give both the photographer and you the opportunity to try out new poses for when your wedding day comes and experiment with each other.
2. Get a nice hanger for your wedding dress
You have to get the shot of wedding dress before it is put on, but so many of them come on plastic cheap-looking hangers! Some brides get custom made hangers but it doesn’t mean that everyone should. You can just get a nice and simple wooden hanger if you like. You’ll be surprised how much this improves the shot.
Try to keep the room where you will be getting ready clutter-free. I know it can be very challenging with lots of people getting ready at the same time so ask your bridesmaids or parents to help! It would be really great not to have someone’s bra on the background… Awkward!
4. Prepare the Props!
Bridal prep is the best time to sneak away with your shoes, rings and flowers so I can get some detailed shots. To speed up the process you can have these ready for me to take to a spot ideal to take the photos, usually this will be done outside or a well lit area in the room. For best results the shots would need to done in a non cluttered area where possible.
5. Coordinate with your bridesmaids on what you all going to wear while getting ready
It doesn’t have to be fancy or identical but it will make you all will feel cute and camera-ready and that can really make a big difference. Silk kimonos tend to be the popular choice!
6. Have an emergency make-up kit
It’s going to be a long day (although it may not feel like it) so make sure to have all your make-up essentials just in case if you need to freshen up: mascara, lip stick, q-tips, face powder. Whatever works for you.
7. Wear comfortable shoes.
Especially if you plan to venture out to take your pictures. I often recommend brides to have two pairs of shoes:
1. THE Shoes (you know, those “gorgeous very uncomfortable never going to be worn again” kind of shoes?)
2. Comfortable shoes (preferably not flip flops! Flats, pumps, converse, etc.)
8. Designate a person who knows all of the family members and can help with organizing the family portraits.
I often recommend taking family portraits right after the ceremony. Please let your family know when and where your family portraits will take place and have a designated person help me organize the family portraits. I’ll have your family shoot list ready so I know that I didn’t forget your sweet grand-mother from the north!
9. Enjoy yourselves!
The most important thing of all, enjoy yourselves! Try and not be too focused on what I am doing if you see my camera ready to take a photo, just be yourselves and I will do the rest. This will allow me to capture those natural moments between you and your friends and family.
I hope you will find these tips useful to become camera ready for your wedding day. If you have any questions or even your own suggestions, feel free to add them to the comments on this post for others to see; or get in touch directly through e-mail.