Tips on staying relaxed during engagement photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1248 posts
Bumble bee

i haven’t taken my engagements yet, but the #1 fix to this problem that comes to my mind is alcoholllllll lol

Post # 4
2657 posts
Sugar bee

If you have a good photographer, they will give you lots of tips and guidance during the shoot.  My FI and I have trouble with this too, but you would not tell from our photos because our photogarpher gave us really good direction.  One thing I do in pictures in general is I try to laugh when I smile because it looks a little more natural for me.  Also, I don’t endorse this for everyone, but our shoot started at a local brewpub and FI and I had a “loosening-up beer” right before meeting up with our photographer.  Not for everyone, but it worked well for us 🙂

Post # 5
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Communicate!!! Be honest with ur photographer. Tell him/her ur concerns. Trust him/her and their skills.  yes after the first several minutes and shooting, u get the feeling of what it feels like, u relax some, u start becoming more natural. Just ignore the lens no matter how close it is, and pay attention to what the photog says, and interact with ur FI.

Post # 6
895 posts
Busy bee

@theEguarantee:  we just had ours done a couple weeks ago and that’s the first thing my fiance said to me! I should have brought some wine or something. I think it’s a great idea 🙂

Post # 7
536 posts
Busy bee

If you’re embarassed about public photo shoots with people walking by constantly, maybe opt for a location that’s a little more private.  And have conversations with your FI (preferably about something that makes you both laugh).  Like a PP said, your smile will look more naturally if you’re laughing!

Post # 9
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The first 10 minutes are always awkward, but after a while it will feel natural.  I always tell my clients to talk to one another.  Hold a conversation.  Then once they’ve loosened up, I’ll always tell them to fake laugh. A huge obnoxious fake laugh.  A fake laugh always gets a real genuine smile.

Post # 10
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@regit45:  Booze.  Don’t get wasted or anything, but our post-beers pictures look so much sweeter and more natural than our pre-beers pictures.

Post # 11
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Comment to follow…  Getting pics done next week!!’ 

Post # 12
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a few beers before our shoot. We were still nervous, but it helped a LOT.

Post # 13
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our photographer warmed us up a little bit, by telling us the shots were just to practice taking direction from him. They turned out amazing because we werent’ worried about it. After about 5 minutes, we were 100% comfortable with it. I wouldn’t worry about it.

We did all have a glass of wine before going to shoot in Times Square later that night though, because lets be honest, it’s a nightmare down there.

Post # 14
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@regit45:  Our shoot was so much fun. We were both very nervous. Our photographer told us some poses to do then after a while we started doing our own which definitely helped. Our photographer joked with us and we all laughed at some poses we were doing and things we were talking about. He definitely helped us relax more. Just try to have fun and don’t think so much. Our pics turned out wonderful. Good Luck!

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