From engagement shoots and elopements to editorial spreads for a magazine, anyone who gets in front of the camera can feel uncomfortable, or even embarrassed, at times. There’s nothing more awkward than trying to pose for photos when you’re not a model. Being the center of attention is not everyone’s cup of tea. Let’s be honest, for some, it can be downright painful just thinking about it. But you want those natural, effortless photos, right?
Your elopement day is meant to be magical and authentic—these are the feelings you want to capture and remember forever. One of the most important factors in getting those “candid” photos is hiring the right photographer. Having an exceptional photographer can really boost your confidence. Plus, even if you’re not feeling it, the right photographer for you will still be able to capture stunning photos.
Of course, being armed with the right tips and tricks going into your shoot can be helpful. So I’ve put together some of my favorite tips to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera.
The biggest thing that will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera is finding a photographer you trust. Your photographer should be someone you’re really picky about finding. Just because you like someone’s photos on Instagram, doesn’t mean your personalities will mesh well together. Being able to connect with your photographer is important—you’re going to spend all day with them.
Here’s a couples tips I recommend to help you find the right photographer:
This one sounds like a no-brainer, but truthfully it’s the most important. One of the biggest parts of elopement photography is being able to capture the couple as their most authentic selves. Some of the most beautiful, meaningful photos come from these moments—the moments where you aren’t posed or “trying” to look perfect, just enjoying each other’s company.
While there may be specific times for portraits and posed pictures, the natural, candid photos are the most authentic. It can definitely feel awkward at first, but just be yourselves, act silly, and feel every emotion—your photographer will worry about the rest. Plus, most photographers have a few prompts to help you loosen up in front of the camera when necessary.
Last, but not least, another way to help you feel more confident and comfortable is by booking an engagement session. An engagement session (or really any type of session before the big day) can be a great way to get to know your photographer’s style, personality, how involved in the posing and direction process they are, and so much more. This can be important for couples who are more shy and reserved. You’ll get to experience your photographer’s process and it will allow you to feel more comfortable going into your elopement day. Do something fun for this, such as going on a walk with your pups or going to a local carnival and playing some games. This way you’ll have a little bit of a distraction doing something exciting and won’t notice your photographer as much.
The most important thing to remember is your elopement day is all about you and your partner. Just knowing you’ll have these memories to last a lifetime can be all the help you need to feel more comfortable. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture you in the most authentic and meaningful way on your elopement day, contact me today and let’s see if we’re a good fit!