Post # 1
I am very nervous for our wedding and engagement photos. I have a serious history of looking like a complete dork in pictures. My friends, family, and fiance are constantly saying things like “don’t worry, you don’t really look like that!”. I don’t know what happens, I just seemed to be always photographed with my eyes half closed, making a funny face, or in some awkward looking pose. Friends and family tell me I tend to ‘freeze” when my picture is being taken.
What can I do to make sure I get beautiful photos? Candid photos of me seem to turn out okay – perhaps I could ask the photographer to minimze posed shots? Has anyone else had this problem?
Thanks for your ideas and support!
Post # 3
Practice Practice Practice!
Get a friend to get out a camera and find out what looks best for example!
I like my left side more than my right side (because of my teeth), my nose looks better if I tilt my head down a bit but not too much you have to look out for double chin! Practice smiling in the mirror so that you can figure out “how much” smiling works best for you!
If you know how you like your body to look you can use that to your advantage when posing!
The photographer will help you out also by telling you to do certain things!
Post # 4
One pearl of wisdom is “Chin down, eyes up”. I don’t consider myself photogenic, but when Annie was behind the lens, she made me look like a pro!
Try in the mirror, and then try with fiance wielding the digital camera until you get some photos you like. Remember the kinetic feeling that you had when you were able to make images you liked. Keep using the same positioning. Have an engagement shoot with your photographer. That way you can both get used to each other.
Most of all, don’t fret! The more you do, the more wonky your pictures will look! Just trust that your photographer is going to capture some amazing images!
Post # 5
I’m am the same way! I am horribly unphotogenic. I can’t tell you how many times people have said “that’s not what you look like in person”!!!! I was unbelievably nervous for our engagement photos and a little less nervous for our wedding and then not nervous at all for our “day after.” I totally agree – practice, practice, practice – mainly to get comfortable in front of the camera. I actually also figured out that I like one side of my profile better than the other and made sure that I stood at way at our wedding. I just posted a link to our photographers blog on here if you’re interested. And yes, mainly RELAX and be natural.
Post # 6
I agree with a lot of the other bees here…it is important to relax and be natural. Often, photographers will take a mixture of candid and semi-posed images during the engagement session–this is a good opportunity to get to know your photographer, build a rapport, and it’s a chance for your photographer to get to know your best sides and what angles are most flattering for you so on the wedding day there will be no guessing games. Best wishes to you!