Post # 1
Any advice on the session? I take pictures but am rarely on the other side of the lens and I am sweating bullets about it. I am not a natural at posing, I’m actually really horrible about it and it feels so unnatural. I love the look of the candid pictures but I’m just afraid my awkwardness will bleed through to the pictures. Any advice or stories about how long it took you to warm up?
Post # 3
A good photographer should help you warm up. Focus on interacting with your fiance, and some good natural shots should come out.
Practice poses in front of a mirror to see what works for you. Just turn some music on and let go while you practice. Have fun, smile genuinely. Don’t over think it, and you’ll be fine. 🙂
Post # 4
My fiance and I had our pictures done at Wrigley field in Chicago and we (or at least I) was nervous about it! I too liked the candid photos better but thought it would turn out corney. My fiance and I were lucky to have a really fun and interactive photographer who made us feel comfortable which I think was key. There were a few poses that were specifically staged and we had a hard time not cracking up! My advice- practice kissing pictures! All of ours look super dumb and are unusable because I am puckering my face too much. Best of luck!!
Candid vs Posed vs awkward kiss
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
We practiced poses in front of the mirror before ours and I think that helped us get used to being in different positions beside each other and helped us realise what angles looked best. Also, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves and don’t have overly high expecations, it’ll help you relax and take good photos if you aren’t stressing out about getting the ‘perfect shot’ – leave that up to your photographer 😉
I was nervous about looking awkward or stiff in ours but our photographer gave really good direction. We tried to relax our bodies as much as possible through everything and smile genuinely as much as possible. We made sure to whisper little things to make each other laugh when we had to pose for longer periods of time.
Also, even if a pose/location/lighting situation feels awkward or unnatural or weird at the time, just go with it! Some of my favourite shots were the ones I thought would be super weird haha. Like these ones:
I had to half squat on uneven pavement in highheels smushed against a bush for a while haha. My legs were sore and my balance was awful but I tried to smile and laugh as ‘real’ as possible and trusted our photog. I’m glad I did because it doesn’t look awkward at all and you can’t tell that I was in the weirdest position/location.
Relax, practice, and let your photorapher take over. It’s a really fun experience (:
Post # 6
@musiqueboxdancer: These pictures are so cute! Thanks for the advice!
Post # 7
@sugarpea: Letting go and trusting is especially hard for me as I’m somewhat of a control freak lol. But thank you for sharing your pictures and your experience. Yours turned out beautifully so that will help me just focus on the final product!
Post # 8
I don’t think you need to do anything to prepare, just wear a cute outfit and a teeny bit of extra makeup and have fun!
Post # 9
Time of day is really important for the “feel” of the session you want. Go in the morning or afternoon (noon time is the harshest on light). We had ours in Sept (send of summer around 5 pm in the evening. We ended up staying until sundown).
1. Just be yourselves. Make jokes, talk, but also remember to move around and change positions every few minutes (not seconds).
2. You may want to bring a few props. It’s okay if you didn’t get to use them all (we didn’t), but it will give you something to hold/do if you guys start feeling self-consious or awkward.
3. Don’t forget to have regular “portrait” pictures for save the dates etc. Also most old-school parents prefer these kinds. So remind your photographer that you’d like to have a variety of photojournalistic and posed pics.
4. Use the scenery as “props”. Move around. Don’t stay in only one place for picturs. Explore. As you explore, you’re being natural with each other and it’s a good chance for your photographer to sneak in some candids.
5. Change of outfit/scenery/theme/feel. Darling Husband threw on a sweater and I changed into pants quickly for some shots at sundown. As we explored, we found a more “grungy” area for pictures that gave our e-pics another feel.
6. DON’T KISS! Our photographer taught us the “almost” kiss for best “kiss pics”.
7. Take a break. Goof off with each other AND get to know your photographer for a few minutes. More candids!
8. Incorporate your interests. This can go with “props” but both Darling Husband and I have our “toys” so we brought them and used them in the shoot. Ours were shoes and his bike. =)
9. If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to speak up. This pose was last minute and I asked the photographer if she could snap a picture as we were about to leave in the parking lot. It’s better to have an extra picture that you might not like/want than not to have spoken up about it! =)
Post # 10
if you have a good photographer, it is going to be way more relaxing than you can either imagine. I actually laughed pretty much the whole time. We were comfortable within minutes, just becase of the personality of our photographer. Have fun!
Post # 11
I agree with the above: I was actually really nervous about our e-pics and couldn’t really figure out much to prepare other than props, but it ended up going absolutely fine! My advice would be to go somewhere you’re comfortable (we did mine on my parent’s farm) where you know pretty locations to go or where your photographer knows good places to go, and just trust her from there. We didn’t really practice or anything, we only had one outfit each…and I am still absolutely in love with our e-pics and wouldn’t change anything!
Post # 12
A good photographer will “teach” you how to pose and how to make it look natural. We just had our e-pics done last weekend and the first 10 minutes or so were awkward, but the photographer coached us and gave us some tips and after that it was a breeze and actually really fun.
Don’t be too stiff or try too hard to look cute or sexy or whatever. Just be as natural as possible and have fun.
My photographer suggested wearing clothes that were flattering, obviously, but she suggesting choosing plain shirt or shirts with subtle patterns — nothing too crazy colorful or over the top.
I read once somewhere that the most flattering “casual” outfit on a woman is a plain, fitted, v-neck shirt.
And don’t worry about angles or lighting — your photographer will take care of that.
Most importantly, have fun!
Post # 13
just be yourselves! laugh, joke, smile a lot. just have fun and don’t over-think it.