Your wedding photographs capture the joy and fun of your special day.
Ideally, the happy couple look relaxed and at ease in their surroundings. But if you don’t feel confident in front of the camera, it can be difficult to achieve this.
That’s why we’ve put together the following tips to help you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera on your big day.
Practise how you want to look
Unless you’re a model, you won’t have spent hours being photographed in different poses or from different angles.
It’s easy to say “just look natural” but what does that mean? To help you find the look that suits you, it’s worth practising poses in front of a mirror.
We all pull faces without knowing it or find we’re standing with our shoulders hunched. Take some time to practise facial expressions in the mirror as well as analysing your posture and the way you stand. Do you look better from a certain angle? Do you hold your arms and hands in an awkward manner?
Many of us are not aware of the idiosyncrasies of our bodies. By practising in front of a mirror and taking selfies, you can begin to see the stance and facial expressions that suit you best.
Don’t experiment with hair and make-up on the big day
The worst thing you can do is to make a last-minute decision to try a style of make-up or hairdo that’s completely unfamiliar to you.
Make sure you know in advance what type of make-up you’re going to wear and how you want your hair to be styled. A practise run is a big help as you must be sure you’re mentally and physically comfortable with your appearance.
For example, having an elaborate hair arrangement that causes you discomfort will spoil your enjoyment of the day. Or suddenly realising that dark red lipstick makes you look gothic can shatter your confidence.
Go for tried and tested rather than risky experimentation.
Do a test shoot in advance
To help build your confidence in front of the camera, spend some time with your photographer before the wedding. You want to feel relaxed with them and understand how they plan to shoot during the day.
Your wedding photographer will advise you on where they intend to take photos and how they would like you to pose. These could include formal head and shoulders photos when you sign the register and informal group shots out in the garden.
Run through the sequence of events with your wedding photographer, so there are no surprises for either of you on the day. This is helpful to both parties, as the photographer will know in advance the settings they’ll be shooting, and you’ll know at which points you’re going to be captured on camera.
Your wedding photographer may also offer tips on flattering angles such as tilting your head slightly towards the lens in portrait shots or turning to one side when standing.
Enjoy yourself and have fun
The main thing is to relax and have fun – your mood will show in your expressions.
It may be easier said than done, but try not to worry about the weather, the guests, the food, the venue. Everyone’s there to wish you well, and this outweighs any other concerns.
Keep the mood light and entertaining, and this will be reflected in your wedding day photographs.
If you haven’t yet chosen a wedding photographer, Moore & Moore Photography in Fleet Hampshire is an established wedding photography company offering a range of professional wedding photography packages to suit all needs and budgets. Find out more at www.mooreandmoorephotography.co.uk or call Tony and Helen on 01252 653193 if you would like to chat through your requirements.