Post # 1
So I’m SUUUUUPER excited for our engagement photos on the fourth (hopefully we can snag some with fireworks in the background)! But, FI isn’t the biggest smiler for pictures. He and I crack up with each other constantly, but get him in front of a camera, and it’s his “I’m a man, I don’t smile” face. How do I combat this?
I’ve threatened tickling him and give him grief constantly about his non-smiling-ness (to which he responds with an adorable smile/laugh!), but I just want to him to smile, dammit!
FYI: our photographer is his old family friend, so maybe she’ll have some insight into how to make him smile?
I’m not super worried, I know I’ll love the pics, just wanted to know if any other Bees had a similar sitch and how they got their big strong man to be a little vulnerable 🙂
Post # 3
My SO doesn’t smile ( at least genuinely ) in pictures. He’s very reserved except for when it’s just the two of us. For me ( and I mean just me ), I wouldn’t bother with professional pictures. I know he would be very uncomfortable.
For you, I think it’s great news that it’s a friend doing the photos. As long as your FI is able to relax, and she’s good at getting you guys to just be natural, I’m sure it will be fine. Fireworks would be an awesome background!
Post # 4
@jwdesiree: MY FI is the same way with pictures. Basically, I had a serious, non-judgemental talk with him a few days before our e-pics to say that I would really appreciate it if he would at least try to smile for the camera. During the photo shoot, our photographer kept a really light and fun attitude up, and she would say little things to make him laugh and smile naturally. I’d also whisper things to him – funny, weird, sexy, whatever it took to make him laugh! We ended up with some awesome shots of his natural smile along with the normal non-smiling ones. It was great.
Post # 5
I would never do pro photos with my SO. I don’t think that I could drag him there lol. I would try not to force him into doing anything or you’ll get super awkward photos. Tickling sounds reasonable, though 😛
Post # 6
For those of you who are saying you’d never do pro pictures with FI/SO, what are you planning on doing for your wedding? No pictures?
Post # 7
id say silly things to him to make him laugh 😀
Post # 8
Ah, so relieving to hear I’m not the only one! I have a favorite pic of us (below) that I keep referring to, because it’s by no means flattering, but it’s absolutely what I want our engagement photos to capture… true happiness 🙂 I will definitely do some inside joke whisperings, though!
Post # 9
@jwdesiree: Unrelated: Whenever people say “sitch” I think of Kim Possible. This makes me smile 🙂
Post # 10
I agree with the others: if FI doesn’t smile for the camera, he’s probably not comfortable posing for pictures. (I’m the same way)
We didn’t do engagement shots, and we’re not doing any posed or staged wedding shots: only candid and real life.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I had to act silly to get DH to smile during our engagement photos! He doesn’t smile for cameras, either.
Post # 12
@Duncan: Haha, “what’s the sitch?” Wow, flashback!
And while I appreciate all of the “I wouldn’t do that with FI” comments, he was the one that insisted on the pictures!