(Closed) Pictures, poses, photogenic???

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m curious about this, too, as I generally consider myself to be very unphotogenic. I’m terrified that I’ll hate all my wedding photos just because I’m in them!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

me too! i used to think i was photogenic but maybe i have just lost my confidence. i cringe at being in pictures now.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m curious as well!  I’ll completely forget to come back to this post if I don’t comment 😉

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

mrs. hot wings did a really good post about how to pose for pictures a la antm!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you look awkward, your photographer should give you some direction.  During our engagement shoot, I think we looked better after the first few shots.  It felt very weird at first… like we were fake celebrities or something, but after a while we relaxed.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

in my experience usually the first 5-10 minutes are throw aways until the couple gets comfy.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Photographers take hundreds of pictures and most couples end up with just a fraction of those because in most of them none of us look good.  I worked for a photographer while I was in college (I did mostly senior pictures but helped with lower package price weddings). I would watch him literally zip through pictures so fast eliminating and deleting the one’s he knew he couldn’t work with right away. Most photographers will suggest position, but they shouldn’t place you otherwise you will look un-natural. The only people who place body parts are generic store photographers.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our first few engagement pictures were awkward but the more we took the better we got. It’s helps to just have fun plus my photographer was really awesome about suggesting helpful tips during the process.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Wear clothes you feel confident in, get your makeup done (even if you don’t ever wear makeup!), and make a consious effort to stick your chin out 😀 Oh, and Smize!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am the least photogenic person I know (DH looks good no matter what) but there are only a few shots where I don’t look great. I felt very comfortable with our photographer (he’s my bff’s hubby!) and they worked together to tell us how to pose. I think happiness adds a special something to any photo, though, which is why you hear the phrase “There’s no such thing as an ugly bride.”

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@mwitter80

Not all of us work that way using the “shotgun” approach, especially with controlled portrait shoots.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My recommendation is try to forget that the photographer is there taking pictures. We joked around and laughed with our photographer and videographer, and didn’t even notice when they were taking pictures.  If they wanted us to pose, we just had fun with it. Basically, we just paid attention to each other and kind of forgot that the photographer was taking pictures.

I really think that makes all the difference in the world. You have to just relax, be yourself, and more importantly enjoy yourself. Don’t be too serious about it, because if you’re too serious it will show in your face and you’ll look stiff and uncomfortable.

Play with each other and enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about how you look.  Forget about the photographer. If you do those things, your pictures will look fantastic.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@USER876: Considering the new “trend” is journalistic photography and not portrait shots for both weddings and engagement shoots, “shotgun” shooting tends to catch more natural moments than “controlled” shooting does Laughing

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@USER876: Agreed. However, I’m assumming the OP is discussing engagement shoots and wedding pictures, which are regardless of how you like it are usually “shotgun” style as you call it.  Most folks are now looking for photo-journalistic shoots.  Very few portrait shoots are done during the wedding period in a bride and groom’s life.  Perhaps bridal portraits in the south, but I don’t think that is what she is refering to either.

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