If you’re wondering how to feel confident in your wedding photos, I’ve got you! Chances are you haven’t had much experience having professional photos taken. Maybe just your engagement photos, right? Trust me, I know how awkward it can feel! What do you do with your hands? How are you supposed to pose? What if you don’t like the way you look? These are all questions you might be asking yourself, but don’t worry! There are a few simple tips and tricks to make you feel totally confident and ensure you love your wedding photos!
Choose a photographer you trust
Before hiring your wedding photographer, spend some time getting to know them and make sure you vibe well together. Creating trust between you and your photographer is the key to making you feel relaxed and comfortable which translates into amazing photos! They will be able to guide you into the best lighting and most flattering photos so you can feel totally confident.
Schedule and engagement session
I probably sound like a broken record at this point because I’m such a big believer in engagement sessions. BUT, you can think of your engagement session like practice for the big day. It’s a fun, no-pressure session where you can relax, get to know your photographer and get comfortable being in front of the camera. Not only will you be able to practice some posing, your photographer will get to know you as a couple and learn how to capture you more authentically.
Plan a hair and makeup trial
There is nothing worse than realizing you don’t like your hair and makeup on your wedding day. Not exactly confidence boosting, right? Plan to do a test run with your HMU artist before the big day to test out different looks so you feel absolutely confident it’s what you want. Even better if you can plan your trial on the same day as your engagement session! You’ll feel extra gorgeous for your engagement photos and be able to see how the look translates on camera.
Flatter your best features
Everyone, regardless of their shape or size, has something they’re self-conscious about. When shopping for your wedding dress, pick a flattering silhouette that complements your best features otherwise you’ll be tugging and adjusting your dress all day.
Communication is key
If you have any specific insecurities, it’s helpful to communicate this with your photographer. Letting them know up front will help them pose and direct you in the most flattering way to minimize whatever feature isn’t your favorite. Likewise, if you have a ‘good side’ or another feature you want to highlight, mention it up front.
Leave plenty of time
Make sure you leave enough time in your wedding day timeline for photos. I always recommend 30 minutes to an hour for just bride and groom portraits. Any less than this can feel super rushed and add to your stress level. If you’re relaxed, having fun and enjoying time with your new spouse, you will almost forget the camera is even there and end up with beautiful photos!
Want more wedding tips? Check out 9 Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Day or 8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer