Four Wedding Photographers Secrets to Looking Natural in Your Wedding Photos
So you’ve got a list of all the formal wedding group photos you want, and you’re trusting your chosen wedding photographer to get all those ‘standard’ wedding images – but many brides also want those natural looking ‘un-posed’ photos that better encapsulate the story of your happy day…. But how exactly does that happen? What if you hate having your photo taken (who doesn’t?!)? What if you’re too stiff and awkward for those candid wedding photos you want?
Seasoned Kent Wedding Photographer Mykey Day is here to help you get the photos that you want of your wedding day. See below for our top tips on how to look natural in your wedding photos…
1. Make Sure You Connect With Your Wedding Photographer
It’s important that you know, like, and ultimately trust your wedding photographer. No other wedding vendor on your wedding day will have as much contact and interaction with you in relation to your wedding, whether it be leading up to and after the wedding, or crucially on the day itself. We even like to joke that often it’s the photographer you end up seeing most of on your wedding day, even more-so than your bride/groom!!
As such it’s important that you meet your wedding photographer before the big day, preferably more than once. If they include a ‘timeline consultation and venue walk-around’ then all the better as they can really get a feel for your personalities as well as your photography needs… If you book them through internet and only meet them on the wedding day, there’s a good chance that even if you are a good fit – they won’t adequately understand your personalities enough to make you feel comfortable enough for natural and candid wedding photos that you’ll love forever.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your wedding photographer it will show in the photos, and furthermore if they don’t have the people skills to relax you quickly, then it’s worth finding that out before the big day when you still have a chance to do something about it!
2. Have an Engagement Session
This one may sound counter-intuitive, but trust us when we say: ‘The more you hate having your picture taken – the more benefit you’ll get from a pre-wedding photo session’. I know, it’s a lot like saying ‘if you don’t like eating broccoli you should eat more of it’ but it’s not the same thing, and here’s why:
Most people don’t like having their picture taken because of the following reasons:
- They hate how they look in photos.
- Have no idea what to expect
- Have no idea how to stand or what to do with their hands?!
- It’s just awkward…
An engagement session solves the above problems and more. This is what Mykey says about the benefits of a pre-wedding photo session for those who hate having their picture taken:
“By having a non-pressured 2-3 hour engagement session, it gives you time to completely relax. In fact, the first hour can even be a ‘throw away’ where we’re just having fun with no pressure for results. In this time I can show you the secrets of what I call ‘posing without posing’ where I can make you look awesome without strutting a supermodel strut! Furthermore with the tips and tricks I share you’ll feel far more comfortable in front of the camera leading to more natural shots where the nerves don’t show…”
An engagement session before your wedding day gives you the opportunity to a have a ‘dry run’ through what you’ll be doing on the wedding day, but with lots of time to have fun doing it a non-pressured environment where you can get to know your wedding photographer and relax in their presence. It allows you to ‘hit the ground running’ on the wedding day, both knowing what to do and what to expect.
“I always say to my clients that the best way to have natural photos on your wedding day is to take the full benefit of an engagement session. After all, if you really are scared of having your photo taken, then it’s not a great idea if the first time you do it is in a limited time slot on your wedding day when you’ve had no practice and every shot counts!!”
3. Forget the little things
It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed on a wedding day, so it’s important to take a deep breath and remember that it’s a party to celebrate your love! If you’ve followed the other steps here then you’ll have time to take a breather before having some fun with your chosen photographer you feel relaxed with. Lean in to the moment and just enjoy the pageantry, after all – it’s not every day you get to dress up and look fabulous for a celebration of love! Enjoy the moment, play along with the silliness of the whole thing and you’ll end up with wedding photos of genuine smiles and laughs that truly capture your special moments…
CLICK HERE to see a wedding where the bride & groom just ‘went with it’ and had the time of their lives!
4. Allow Extra Time For Photography In Your Wedding Day Timeline
If fun and natural photos are important to you then it’s important that you allow enough time for those candid and natural moments to happen. Far too often a million and one delays on a wedding day to conspire to cut short an already tight timeline, leaving very little time for photos. It’s worth planning your day ahead to encompass a much more relaxed wedding day – and padding your timeline for those inevitable delays means you’re still going to have time to relax in front of the camera for those natural and candid wedding photos you’ll treasure forever…
CLICK HERE to find out why changing your ceremony time can make the difference between a fun and relaxed wedding day or a more rushed and stressful affair…
Naturally Candid and Candidly Natural Wedding Photographer Mykey Day
Your Wedding Day will never be as important to anyone else as it is to you, but trust us when we say – your wedding will be crucially important to us as well! Please browse our website for examples of our work, and we look forward to making your wedding photographs special too.