How to Feel Comfortable in Front of Your Wedding Photographer

A photographer taking a photo of a bride leaning against a wall.

Wedding photos are a big part of your big day, since you of course want to document such a special event in your life. Something that doesn’t get talked about very much, though, is how awkward it can potentially be to pose for these somewhat intimate photos in front of your photographers. Luckily, there are a lot of different ways to feel comfortable around your photographers to ensure that your wedding photos turn out beautifully and look natural.

Choose Your Photographer Carefully

Instead of just choosing your photographer without chatting with them and getting a feel for their personality, you should put a bit more care into the process by speaking with them on the phone or even meeting them in person. This way, you’ll learn if their personality clicks with yours, making it all the more likely that you’ll be able to comfortably pose in front of them on your wedding day. Also take care to read reviews of your photographers to understand what others experienced while working with them. Finally, make sure that you look closely at their portfolio to understand what types of poses they usually photograph when it comes to couples. If the poses look like something that would make you uncomfortable, you will want to discuss this with the photographers ahead of time or go with a different vendor that better suits your preferences.

Do an Engagement Shoot

A couple at their engagement photo shoot sitting on a deck.

One way to get comfortable with your wedding photographers once you’ve committed to them for your event is to do an engagement shoot. This typically comes with different photography packages and can be easily arranged. This presents not only the perfect opportunity to get some great shots to commemorate your engagement, but it also is a wonderful chance to get some face time with your photographer, get to know them, and start feeling comfortable around them. This will get you through some of the initial awkwardness of posing so that it’s out of the way before your actual wedding day.

Build the Schedule Together

Work with your wedding photographer to build out your wedding day schedule and make the photos fit into that well. Also, take time if you can to scout locations together and give your photographer a sense of what your style is and what your preferences are. The better your photographer knows you, the more comfortable things will be on the big day.

Create a Shot List

Similar to the above tip, take the time to make a list with your photographer of must-get shots for your wedding day. You also may want to create a Pinterest board to curate wedding photos that you like the look and feel of as far as pose, background, lighting, and style are concerned. Sharing this with your photographer will help him or her to keep you in your comfort zone as they’re shooting your wedding.

Choose Your Wedding Party Carefully

A bride and groom with their bridal party

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be by your side for a lot of your photographs, so choose people who will make you feel great, excited, and comfortable. This will help you to look more natural in your photos and to sort of forget that the photographer is even there at times, creating some of the best candid shots.

Breathe, Relax, and Be in the Moment!

At the end of the day, this is your moment to shine and enjoy a monumental milestone with your new spouse. While it may feel a little awkward at first to strike a pose in front of your wedding photographer, within a few moments you’ll feel more natural and relaxed. These photos will be treasured for years to come. You’ll never get your wedding day back, so breathe, relax, smile, and take in every moment of posing with your new husband or wife!

The smiles, laughs, and little moments caught by your wedding photographer will be treasured forever, so do your best to forget the cameras and just take in the love you’re receiving on your wedding day.

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