It’s not always easy feeling comfortable in front of the camera. Most photographers will actually tell you they much prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it, so we understand completely the nerves and jitters you may have. Fake smiles and unnatural poses are the worst when you get your photos back from your photographer, and no amount of editing can fix you feeling uncomfortable.
Here are some tips on looking and feeling your best and getting comfortable in front of the camera and your photographer.
- Get to know your photographer – this may be the single most important thing to do to make yourself comfortable in front of the camera. Whether you meet over coffee or wine, chat over the phone or facetime, or have a smaller photo session prior. If you are hiring a photographer for your wedding, consider using them for engagement photos as well to get acquainted.
- Make sure you look your best! If you don’t feel good then it will show through the photos. An outfit that you feel amazing in, great hair and makeup help you loosen up in front of the camera. You don’t want to be constantly tugging at clothes, or fixing your hair during your shoot.
- Make sure your photographer knows of any “flaws” you don’t want photographed. If you prefer one side of your face to the other, or have anything that you would like to avoid seeing in the finished product let them know ahead of time. Often times, photographers find beauty in the things that you may find unflattering so make sure you are all on the same page.
- Make sure your personalities work together! Sometimes photographers get very caught up in their work and forget to also be sociable. Some clients prefer it this way because they know that they are getting the photographers full attention. However, sometimes it makes it hard to loosen up, act natural and feel comfortable. Other photographers like to joke around, try to find the things that will help you see them as a person and friend rather than someone behind the lens. So find who works for you so you can all work together!
We hope that some of these tips will help you get comfortable and find the right photographer for your needs. Check out some of the photos we’ve captured of some of our amazing clients!
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