Post # 1
I just got our engagement pics back. He took about a 100, and there are none that I love. A couple good ones. Usually I am not photogenic, and I look really good in most of them. The problem is my fiance freezes in front of the camera. Lots of pictures he is looking off, not smiling, just not the handsome guy he is. (He was pretty tired but still.) I don’t think the photographer did a bad job- I saw his previous work, loved it, and I look better than I usually do in pics. But what good are aa bunch of pics where I look good and he looks goofy? I am worried the wedding pictures will turn out like this. (And that is one of the most important things to me- I want to be able to decorate our new house with them.) Do I talk to my fiance? (Not sure how much he can do about it. It’s not like he is trying to do this.) Do I talk to the photographer- if so, what do I say?
Post # 3
Will he take a lot of posed shots or photjournalist shots? If it’s the latter, then you may be fine. For the posed pics, he probably just needs to get more comfortable in front of the camera.
Post # 4
My fiance is the same way. He always looks goofy in front of the camera! His eyes will be half open or his smile is weird. I don’t know if there is much we can do about it. I don’t think our photographer is doing anything wrong.
I would just have your photographer take a lot of candids too, so that he can capture your fiance when he is smiling naturally or laughing.
Post # 5
This happened to me and we switched photographers, and I am SO GLAD WE DID. However ours was totally about the quality of the pictures, not how we looked. In your shoes what I’d suggest is either doing another session with your photographer (if you can afford it) or having someone take pictures for you. Sounds like it’s more about getting comfortable in front of the camera. And I agree, ask for candids!!
Post # 6
My Fiance has a big smile and when he smiles his eyes go squinty. I’m going to ask the photographer to remind him to “smile smaller” so that we can some shots where his beautiful blue eyes are actually visible! I did some test shots with him and it worked. Use this time to experiment and come up with some tricks (your photog should be able to give some pointers as well). A lot people do the look away thing, then when the photographer says “Now” you quickly look into the camera — somehow it ends up looking more natural.
Post # 7
maybe you can show him your engagement pictures and tell him how your wedding pictures will be a lot nicer if he would smile and look at the camera. or maybe chose his best picture where he is smiling and looking at the camera then show it to him and tell him how nice it is when both of you are smiling.
Post # 8
I think that candids would be best! They make the best pictures anyway! I don’t know if your photographer is really nice, but you could always bring it up to him that you weren’t happy with the photos you got back. After all you are paying a lot for the service and maybe he’s all about customer service and wants the client to be happy so maybe he’ll do another shoot (even for free)! You should at least discuss this with him and see what options he comes up with.
You’ll have so many pictures taken during your wedding that I’m sure you’ll love a lot of them. Whereas engagment pictures are only a couple hours.
Post # 9
I emailed the photographer about my concern. He responded that we will try to make him less nervous and that at the wedding, he will be less focused on the camera whereas at the engagment session, it’s all about the camera. HE does mostly photojournalistic stuff. I am worried and need some reassurance- Please tell me it will be ok and we will have great wedding pictures.