Post # 1
My Fiance and I are doing engagement pictures next Friday and then of course will have wedding pictures at our wedding in October. We did a short engagement and even with a compressed timeline nothing has really been stressing me out except our pictures. I am not a photogenic person. I’m uncomfortable in front of the camera. Candid shots of me usually have me making a weird face. These pictures really terrify me. I’m so afraid I’m going to have a ton of engagement pictures and wedding pictures that people want to look at and I’m going to look terrible in them. Anyone else not normally photogenic but their photographer was able to work with it? It’s not a self-esteem issue thinking I’m unattractive, I just don’t come across well in pictures.
Post # 2
mandapanda1022 : I consider myself not normally photogenic, but my photographer worked with me and my husband just fine. I will say that there was a marked improvement from my engagement photos to wedding photos. I was obviously less comfortable in front of the camera in the engagement photos. So I would think of the engagement photos as a trial run where both the couple and the photographer are learning how to work with each other.
My husband has a thing about not smiling in photos because a camera makes him feel strange. His brother who was the best man is the same way. Wedding photographers are professionals and they’ve got tricks! Mine got lots of grinning shots of my husband–candid, natural shots too, not ones where he has his teeth clenched and showing like a madman. And he doesn’t even smile when I take pictures of him.
Trust the photographer. He/she will take thousands of shots and there are bound to be some good ones.
Post # 3
camenae : I agree completely! My Fiance is really photogenic, but I am not. I still loved the vast majority of our engagment pictures and am hopeful I’ll feel the same about our wedding pics. Try to relax and enjoy it!
Post # 4
mandapanda1022 : I have another perspective–neither Darling Husband or I are necessarily “photogenic.” His phone is full of ugly selfies and I just can’t help but make a goofy face whenever I see a camera. I was super awkward during the engagement shoot until Darling Husband started pulling his regular shenanigans and I loosened up. Nonetheless, I was worried that we wouldn’t get the typical “beautiful” wedding photos, but we did get quite a few–as well as lots of photos of us that show our true personalities! I appreciate these photos, where we’re laughing and where we look so much like ourselves, way more than I do the posed, stereotypically beautiful photos that we got.
Post # 5
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
Rely on your photographer and explain to them what you don’t want.. so if you do a funny face, they’ll call you on it.
The other thing I would recommend is and you’re going to hate me for this. Spend some time in front of the mirror or look at old photos and determine what you do/don’t like. My hair is parted on the left side, covering the right side of my forehead. My photographers wanted to shoot from the left because they could see my face.. I just felt like I looked like I had a giant forehead. Stand firm!
Also, read articles on Pinterest on posing- how to feel thinner by standing on back leg, where to pivot your hips, pushing your shoulders down to elongate (my god so many people need to do this!!). Envision yourself looking beautiful and breathe- maybe taking your mind off “posing” could be more natural?
And when in doubt… a little liquid courage always helps you to not overthink things! 🙂