(Closed) awkward engagement pic session??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We felt the same exact way!!! But this is what is so great about the engagement session. It allows you to become comfortable with the photographer and vice versa. The beginning will be a bit awkward, but it won’t stay like that for long… promise!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we had the exact problem. don’t stress out about it too much. if you don’t know what to do, just start talking to your man about upcoming plans with friends, or something fun you will be doing soon. that way, it will be natural, hopefully you can quasi-forget the photog is there and you will be smiling b/c its a fun/hopeful conversation. hope this helps. this is exactly what we did. we arent really lovey-dovey/PDA types, so our photog had to ask us to kiss, etc.

it is still awkward, no matter what you do, but maybe this will help a tad. 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

Make him laugh!  My hubby was really uncomfortable with the idea of an engagement shoot but our photog was great at making him laugh so he relaxed right away.  Good luck and can’t wait to see your (sure to be) gorgeous pics!

Oh and for fun – here’s my hubby once he loosened up

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our first 20 minutes or so of shooting, we were really awkward and conscious of the camera. Then we tuned it out and the pictures because much more natural. Our photographer gave instruction sometimes and other times she was completely quiet and just said “be yourselves.” We had conversations (with her, and by ourselves, depending on how far away she was) and at one point she asked us what we loved about each other, etc. What helped me was realizing that I couldn’t be posed perfectly the whole time, and just to let go and trust that she’d pick the good shots to show us. 

Also, don’t be afraid to laugh. There are some pictures where we’re clearly cracking up:

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@kmbeach52: that’s so sweet, thank you! 

Outfit wise… don’t leave it until the last minute! My one regret is that I got my shirt on clearance at Anthropologie (which was great, because it was cheap) but they only had one size larger than I usually wear available. I didn’t have time to get the straps altered, and it bothers me in some of the pictures (like the one above.) 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Just expect it – it’s going to be awkward at the beginning. Fiance and I talked about it before our session. Our plan was that we would tell each other jokes to get the other person to laugh. Also, we knew that the more comfortable and relaxed we were, the better the pictures would look.

Our photographer also helped out – she was really relaxed and made us feel fine, cuddling, holding hands, etc.

You naturally feel more comfortable as the session goes on, so I love our pictures from the second half of our sessions, not so much the first couple. 

Yes – plan your outfits! We did not “match”, but we did coordinate our outfits to a theme like, “a casual day outfit” or a “Date Night outfit”. People who have seen our pictures really liked our outfits.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I can’t comment on engagement pictures, but as far as my wedding pictures went- I felt it was a lot easier for us to tune out the photog and act like our selves when we were focused on a prop of some kind (think about bringing a bunch of flowers, a ball to toss around, some bubbles, candy, umbrella… anything to get you focused on actually doing something with your Fiance instead of just standing around making sure you look like you’re in love)

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