Post # 1
I’m NOT a photogenic person, for every 15 pictures I see of myself, I *may* like one. I’m also very nervous in front of the camera (because I’m certain I’ll look bad). Anyone else in the same boat? We are doing an e-pic session with our photog and she said it will help me to get comfortable, but these are going to be my WEDDING pics, I want them to look good!
Post # 3
I would suggest maybe evaulating those pictures that you like of yourself, to see if you’re holding yourself at a particular angle, or facing the camera a certain way, or what is similar between them.
My sister has a "picture face" formula that she replicates for basically every photo taken of her, because she knows it looks great. She puts her face forward a bit, tilts her chin down and her eyes up, and smiles just a bit, with no teeth– for some reason, that works out beautifully on film for the specific angles of her face. For some others, a bright, wide, toothy grin would look the best and the most "them"– you just need to find the look that works for you! Not saying that you should pull this pose for every shot, but if you find a few that work for you, all the better to make you feel comfortable and confident and be able to relax in front of the camera, which is really the key.
Luckily, your photog will take hundreds of photos of the night, so if you have 1 out of 15 that you like, you’ll have tons to choose from for framing, etc. 🙂
Post # 4
I feel you. I apparently make a lot of "transitional faces", meaning that in between my normal face look, I make lots of scrunchy weird facial gestures in between. Needless to say, most of my photos are less than perfect.
I just hired a really good photographer and am praying for the best!
Post # 5
I think doing e-pics is one of the best ways to prepare for wedding pictures! I’m also very camera-shy and aware of my actions/facial expressions. But, e-pics give you a chance to at least feel comfortable about your photographer and relax a little. I also agree with jhphi — look at some of the pictures you like and figure out what you’re doing that you like. Likewise for ones you don’t like, what about them didn’t you like? Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
You’re not alone! I’m really awkward in pictures and it shows through on my face. I am kinda nervous about how my engagement/wedding pictures will turn out – because of my faical expressions! Of course it doesn’t help that my FH is pretty photogenic.
Post # 7
OF COURSE I AM!!! I either look good or awful in pics. No way about it. My sister is also one of those rare women who look good ALL THE TIME in every pic.
She just has this infectious smile..looks bubbly all the time 24/7.
Post # 8
Argh, I feel your pain! I look totally different depending on lighting and angles (and it’s not just me, other people have actually looked through my albums all confused and gone – "Huh. These are all you?") Plus, nit-picky as this is, one corner of my mouth goes up more than the other when I smile and I’m always trying to compensate in pics, so I’m focused on ‘Is my mouth even?’ Argh!
Haven’t gotten to photographers yet but honestly I want this to be a splurge. I think a good photographer can really make sure you are glowing!
Post # 9
I always look silly in pictures, so I’ve been PRACTICING for the wedding!
Bf and I were on a long drive and I busted out my camera and started taking pictures of myself with different head tilts and facial expressions. It was a bit silly and funny, BUT, I have finally figured out that I need to open my mouth a bit as a smile. 33 years old and I’ve only just figured out how to not look like a fool. Just in the nick of time! I’ve been practicing regularly since then.
Post # 10
a good photographer is KEY to capturing you at your best…
that said, i agree with the comment about e-pics. those will really help you develop your ‘style’ and poses.. it will also help you get more comfortable with your photographer, which will ease any extra tensions about him/her being in your face all day on the Big Day!
but as crazy i am too about how i’m going to look in photos, i’m starting to realize that those photos that i see of others which appeal to me have really only one thing in common: the bride and groom look like they are having the time of their life.
forget the crazy angles and poses… your joy will radiate onto your photos!!
Post # 11
I am the same way. I usually offer to take the pictures because I rarely look like myself in them. We are going to to do the traditional posed pictures but we are also asking our photographer to capture "in the moment" pictures where we are natural and not posing. Maybe try some of those during your e-pic session to see if that helps!
Post # 12
I am deathly afraid that in all my photos I am going to have the hidious ‘cry face’ in all my pics. I don’t think I will be able to keep my composure! ack!
Post # 13
I know what you mean. I have always looked funny in pictures. But my engagement pictures and wedding pictures look great even if I am making a funny face. I don’t know about your photographer but we didn’t do a lot of posing shots. I think that the ones where you don’t pose and just have fun look the best anyway!
Post # 14
Our photographer says that that’s why a good photographer takes a LOT of pics. In the days of film the saying went one good pic per roll of film. So with a lot pf pics, some will definitely be winners!
Post # 15
I have a habit of smiling too big. Seriously. Big cheesy smile. Way over the top. Totally not pretty. How am I not supposed to smile like that on my wedding day? Oh well, it’s bound to happen. But I am thinking about doing bridal portraits to help practicing a non-cheesy grin. 🙂
Post # 16
I am extremely nervous about how I’ll look in the photos, particularly the posed ones!! I don’t like the look in my eyes when I’m forced to smile on cue – you can tell its not real. Maybe the happiness of the day will transfer into my expression(?) In any case, I’m going to ask our photog to take lots of candids of us so we can capture the ‘real’ moments.