Have you ever had these thoughts or said these things:
"The camera hates me"
"We are SO awkward in front of the camera"
" I've never liked photos of myself"
Despite so many people saying these phrases and more, every time the photographs turn out amazing! It is very important to me that my couples feel comfortable when they are doing something that feels odd or uncomfortable for them. And I 100% understand, I actually also hate getting my photo taken by other people, most of the images of me I've taken myself. So I have created a list of my top 5 ways to feel comfortable in front of the camera to help you and your partner be themselves to make those wonderful moments possible.
#1 - Choose a photographer you enjoy being around
I cannot stress this enough! If you don't enjoy the company of your photographer this will reflect in your photos. The photographer you choose may take great photos, but if they don't communicate well, they're quiet or your personalities clash this may feel awkward to you as a couple and this will reflect in your photos. This is why we always meet with our wedding couples before booking so that it gives everyone an opportunity to get to know each other and our personalities to see if we're a good fit for each other!
#2 - Forget you're even getting your photos taken
I know this sounds strange but hear me out..
Going into your session thinking you're just doing a casual hang out with a couple of your friends ( who just happen to be taking your photos) makes it so much easier to just let loose and have fun! If you feel like you're around friends, it'll be easier to be yourself and have your true personalities shine through the photos.
#3 - GET MOVING
I love using prompts for my couples to make them feel comfortable and to get some real expressions and reactions out of them. You'll be dancing, skipping, hopping, laughing, and booty bumping. Movement creates these magical moments where for a moment you might forget that you are doing anything more than having a great time with your loved one. The last thing you want is to be standing still not knowing what to do with your hands.
#4 - Wear comfy and well-fitted clothing
Being comfortable in your clothing isn't just physical comfort but mental as well. You don’t want to feel worried in the back of your mind “is my bra strap showing?” “I wore mismatched socks, I wonder if you can see them in the photos?” If you’re constantly thinking about your clothing you will be distracted and it will be harder for you to relax during the shoot. The best way to avoid this is to pick flattering clothing for your body style and dress in styles and colors that will make you feel comfortable and look great in photos! This also isn't the time to try out a new style you've never rocked before or a brand new haircut.
I understand how stressful something like choosing the right outfit can be, especially if there are two of you to think about. That's why I always share this Pinterest style guide for all my couples. Not that I don't trust you to dress yourselves, sometimes it's just nice to see what works for others to narrow down what works best for you.
#5 - Communication
Whether you’re talking to each other or to the photographer, make sure you communicate!
If a certain pose makes you uncomfortable, speak up! Every person is different and what works for one may not work for another. The only way for us to know is if you tell us. Don’t worry, we won’t be offended. One of the first questions I ask couples right before we start is about PDA (public displays of affection). I don't want to make you do anything that you wouldn't normally do so I like to figure that out right off the bat.
JUST HAVE FUN!
I really hope these 5 tips to "feel comfortable in front of the camera" will help you feel a little more confident going into your photo session!