(Closed) How do I get FH to take good E-Pics?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Make sure you have a fun photographer!!  My hubby hates pics and was completely dreading the e-pic session (and let’s not even mention the wedding!), but once we chose our photographer and started on our e-pic session, he started having fun because with our photographer we couldn’t help it!  By the time the e-pic session was even 1/3 over, my hubby was having a blast and basically forgot that there were pics being taken.  It was the same with the wedding.  🙂

AND they are pictures that he actually likes of himself!

Post # 4
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Say the word “Fart”. Works everytime 😀

Post # 5
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know this won’t be popular, but you could skip the E-pics if your fiance really doesn’t want to do them. Get some candid pics of the two of you at a social event or something. Professional engagement pictures are not something you *have* to have, and it would be a shame if you have to coerce your fiance into it.

Post # 6
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d actually recommend doing a bit of practice at home. Have him stand in front of a mirror and try out his smile. Get him to do different faces and poses (hands on hips, hugging you, etc). Sometimes just a bit of practice can help someone know exactly how they look when their photo is being taken. It takes some of the nerves away.

I do this all the time (I compete in costume events and did a lot of practicing for photos when I first started). It just helps to know how you’re portraying yourself. 

Plus, it might give him a feeling of control, and that can be HUGE!

Post # 7
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my fiance was the same way! a non-smiler haha. anyways our epics really helped him loosen up and he ended up totally enjoying himself and loving how the pics turned out!!

Post # 9
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had the opposite problem! My fiance got all nervous and giggled the whole time. I don’t think he knew what to expect!

It may not be as much of an issue as you expect. I’m sure you’ll do some pictures with both of you looking at the camera smiling – but there will probably be plenty of photos from afar, hugging or kissing, looking into the distance… etc. Maybe mention to your photographer ahead of time that your fiance has issues with smiling – if your photographer is at all experienced, he/she might have some solutions. Good luck!

Post # 10
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Talk to your Fiance while you all are taking the pics (in between shots, while you’re walking to different locations, etc.) to help him relax. I tried to chat with my Fiance just like I would at any other time and it took his mind off of being nervous about the pics. If you act natural, he will follow your lead.

Post # 11
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Give him lots of positive feedback.  Don’t point out the face that you hate that he doesn’t smile in pictures – tell him how excited you are to take pictures with him, etc.  Your photog will make him smile.  

EDIT: my Fiance didn’t want to take e-pics either – he was totally nervous.  What helped him was that I told him the e-pics will help him relax on the wedding day and help us get to know our photog.  that really helped him (but it took him awhile to come to that realization – meaning, we talked about it months prior and it wasn’t until closer to the wedding that he wanted to do the e-shoot).

Post # 13
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m in the same boat, but meeting the right photographer did it for us too!  He liked our photog so much, he booked them on the spot!!  You also get alot of candid shots  that may be perfect.

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