Whether you love being in front of the camera or shy away when it’s photo time, there’s no doubt that you’ll be the one in focus on your wedding day. Brides and grooms are bound to be feeling a lot of emotion on the big day, but you don’t want that to show in the final shots. If you’re feeling nervous, here are some of the best tips on how to look relaxed and confident, according to a Toronto wedding photographer!
Book an Engagement Shoot
One of the biggest benefits of an engagement shoot is that it will give you a chance to get to know your wedding photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera. During the engagement shoot, you can also talk with your photographer to get tips on posing. Once you get your engagement photos back, you can take a look at which positions you liked and didn’t like, to help you determine what to do on your big day.
Talk with Your Photographer
A good wedding photographer will have a conversation with you before they start shooting. We all have parts we love and areas we’d rather ignore, so if you don’t want the focus to be on your arms, nose, or anything else, let your photographer know. Also, if you and your spouse aren’t comfortable with PDA or being overly affectionate, bring this up as well so that your photographer can come up with ideas and shots that fit within your comfort zone.
You know what they say, practice makes perfect! If you’re still not feeling confident after your engagement shoot, have a family member or friend take some test shots. Or you could always practice your smile and poses in front of the mirror. Great photos are all about angles, so figuring out what angles work best for you is a great way to build confidence so that you feel happy and relaxed when it’s time to stand in front of the lens.
Forget the Camera
It will be hard at first, but the best way to look relaxed is to forget the camera is even there! Get lost in the moment. Stare into your partner’s eyes, focus on the feeling of their hand in yours, and enjoy all the happy emotions of the big day. A good wedding photographer will be as unintrusive as possible, so other than their subtle directions, go about enjoying your day.
Trust Your Photographer
The most important thing to great photos is to trust your wedding photographer. If you’ve hired the right one, they’ll know what to do. Your wedding photographer wants these pictures to turn out just as good as you do. Trust their experience, their skills, and their confidence in you!