Non- Photogenic Brides?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lolita39:  FH and I aren’t photogenic either and I worry about this all the time. I’m not married yet, so I can’t show you if everything worked out well, but our wedding photo package comes with an engagement session. We had the option to not use the session and put the cost towards prints or to use it. We’re going to use it. It’ll give us a change to work with the photographer before hand and maybe we’ll learn how to look nice in front of the camera. 

People either like or dislike engagement photos, and I don’t know if it would be in your budget, but it’s something I would look into. Ours ended up being around $125 for a two hour session out of our total package price. 

Post # 4
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2124 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I can be photogenic sometimes and at other times the complete opposite. You can definitely pick out the pictures where I’m nonphotogenic in our wedding pictures. It is so awkward and I’m not sure why it happens. 

Post # 6
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3960 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lolita39:   Did you have an engagement shoot?  

Post # 9
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2124 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lolita39:  Haha I should have definitely had something to drink before taking photos. Why didn’t I think of that? lol My problem was that we had a horrible photographer who had took some photos at horrible angles and ughhh bad bad bad. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Something seriously happens to my face when a picture is taken…..I think I’m a pretty damn good looking female but in pictures……I ain’t got it.

I’ve even had friends and family perplexed by my cursed photo abilities.  Oh well.

Make sure you mention this to your photog.  He/she will be able to pose you or capture flattering shots

Post # 11
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4601 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lolita39:  I’m sure you could ask about a mini shoot or something, maybe an hour or so? Your photographer should be able to work something out for you that would be cost efficient. FH and I haven’t taken but a handful of pictures together over our four year relationship, so I understand about not wanting to be in front of the camera. When our photpgrapher first told us about the engagement session, my first reaction was “um, nooooo!” but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

If you go for a photojournalistic style of photography, you should be fine because the photographer will just be taking pictures of you being you. There may still be posed shots, but not the overly-posed, fake moments that so many people have. I highly recommend this style of photography if you haven’t already picked a photographer. 

Other than that, you should be fine. I look at a lot of wedding photos and galleries, it’s one of my favorite things to do, and the vast majority of the time people look good, even when it is clear that they look odd in photos otherwise. If you picked a decent photographer, you’ll be ok. Heck, you could have someone take pictures on a cellphone and you’d most likely look good, because you’ll be focused on your fiancée and not worrying about your angles and where the camera is. 

Don’t worry about it. Lots of people aren’t photogenic and their pictures are great. 

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lolita39:  I was worried about this too! What soothed my fears before the wedding was looking in my photographer’s blog and realizing that everyone looked SO great. She’s a pro, she knows what she’s doing and most importantly, she knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera.

I feel “meh” about most photos of myself. I’m an animated talker, I squint my eyes when I smile, so that often results in some er, interesting photos. My husbad knows how to to look good picture no matter what, even when he’s TRYING to make an ugly face. He used to work as a casting agent and learned how to work the camera or something. It’s infuriating. 

But I am SO happy with how our wedding photos came out. I was 100% comfortable with our photographer, I felt great on the wedding day, and I think that shows. I also had pro makeup done and I think it gave be a natural, but polished appearance. Of course, I made a few weird faces in a very small numbers of the candid photos, but WHATEVER. It’s me! 

As an example of the magic of pro wedding photography, here is an average photo of me: 

No makeup, hat head, tilted posture, poor lighting, I may or may not have just had a beer. 

Here is a pro wedding day photo:

I am not a vain person. But I think this is a great photo! MAGIC!

In daily life, we tend to judge ourselves too harshly and believe we look ugly/awkward/weird even when it’s not how others see us. If you haven’t seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk please watch it!

Finally, I think, going into your wedding day, it’s important to feel confident. You are beautiful person. Obviously – that amazing man of yours loves you so much HE’S MARRYING YOU! You picked out an awesome outfit to wear, all your loved ones are coming to see the two of you make this big deal commitment. Pump yourself up! You’re gonna look great!

Post # 14
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4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lolita39:  Neither DH or I thought we were photogenic, but we found an amazing photographer and I felt like a model and DH felt and looked great as well! I agree that photojournalistic style will be the best (and I think it is anyway) because it’s nothing “posed” and more just you guys being you.

There’s a few articles floating around the internet about “how to look better in your wedding photos” as well. Those helped me a lot. but ultimately, it’s your wedding day! You are going to look gorgeous and feel incredible. 🙂 

Post # 15
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1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am, I think, fairly attractive. 

I am so unphotogenic it is AWFUL. I get awkward when you point a camera at me and my eyes smash up and my face looks like it is ENORMOUSLY HUGE. And I know I’m unphotogenic and I think that makes it worse.

I’m really nervous about my engagement pictures, to be honest. And all other photos ever for the wedding.

Post # 16
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah i would highly recommend engagement photos, it helps you to feel comfortable with your photographer and will help them with establishing what angles etc work best for you.

How do you go with candid photos when you’re not posing? Sometimes they work better for some people, maybe you could ask your photogs to play around with lots of different styles during a practice shoot.. I’m the opposite I take an ok photo when i’m posing but i have never seen a good candid photo of myself. which is a shame as i much rather them over posed photos but seriously i’m always doing something unflattering in candids!

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