Post # 1
FH and I have never had pictures done together before and neither of us are big on having posey picture taken as it is, though I am excited to have some good/professional ones of us nonetheless!
What are some tips on staying relaxed, comfortable, and natural in front of the camera? I love how we are with one another when it’s just us (obviously or I wouldn’t be marrying him….) as is it so effortless, but I’m afraid nerves/shyness will damper that a bit.
Tips? Is it easier once you get in the groove? Thanks!
Post # 3
i haven’t taken my engagements yet, but the #1 fix to this problem that comes to my mind is alcoholllllll lol
Post # 4
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
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
@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
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 # 8
@spezia: Luckily our session will be on my parents’ small farm, so nobody else will be around!
@bleusteel: @theEguarantee: Yummmm, I like the idea of a little alcohol!
Post # 9
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
@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
Comment to follow… Getting pics done next week!!’
Post # 12
We had a few beers before our shoot. We were still nervous, but it helped a LOT.
Post # 13
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
@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!