Are you worried about how you’ll look in your wedding photos? Maybe you tend to feel like you just aren’t photogenic, or you aren’t sure how your wedding photographer will pose you to hide your insecurities.
You’re not alone. The number one thing I hear from my new clients after their first photoshoot is how nervous they had been beforehand (and how relieved they were to find out how easy it was)!
You don’t need to worry, as long as you’ve chosen an experienced photographer with a portfolio that speaks to you, but there are things you can do to get the most out of your wedding photographer! Austin brides, read on to learn some helpful insider tips!
5 Tips to Getting Better Wedding Photos
Obviously, the first step to great wedding photography is an experienced, skilled, and creative professional wedding photographer. But what else can you do to help your photographer capture the best possible images of you, your partner, and your love?
1. Meet with Your Wedding Photographer Before You Hire Them
I can’t stress enough the importance of finding a photographer for your Austin wedding that you and your partner have chemistry with.
You may love the work of an artist, and come to realize that you simply do not click well together. It’s going to be difficult for the two of you AND your photographer to bring out your personalities and capture the joy in your relationship if you’re feeling awkward.
Things you can do to make sure you and your photographer are a good match are:
- Ask to call and get to know them a little bit before booking. A simple 5-minute conversation may be all you need to judge whether or not you have chemistry with this person.
- Ask for a free in-person consultation. Bring your partner with you and sit down to talk about your wedding plans. This gives you a chance to warm up to each other, and decide whether or not you are a match.
2. Take Engagement Photos
Think of an Austin Engagement Session as not only a chance to capture your relationship before you begin life together as husband-and-wife, but as a chance for you and your photographer to get to know each other better.
Another major benefit of taking engagement photos is…
It’s a Test-Run for Your Wedding Day: Unless you frequently use a professional photographer, you may discover after you get your engagement photos back that there were things you wish you had done differently, like allowing yourself to smile more naturally, or stand up straighter. You may notice small things, like the way your lipstick looks on camera vs. real life.
This can help you to catch the small things you may want to fix, before it’s time to take your wedding photos on the big day.
Engagement photos can be retaken, but for most people your wedding photos are a one-shot thing.
You never want to look tense or unnatural in your wedding photos. But how can you be the best model you can be, while still looking genuine and relaxed?
Crinkle Your Eyes: When people smile for a photo, instead of as a reaction, they tend to lack that sparkle that they’d normally have. Why? Because they’re not crinkling their eyes! A contrived smile tends to be stiff, smooth, and too focused on keeping the eyes open, while a genuine smile has a little bit of eye-squinting. Ways that your photographer may attempt to bring out your natural smile:
- By having you smile at the end of a countdown (“3-2-1-SMILE!”)
- By making you laugh
Straighten Up…But Not Too Much
You want to try not to have terrible posture in your photos, but you also don’t want to be too stiff. Try standing (or sitting) as straight as you can, and then relaxing just a tiny bit. This is where you look your best.
4. Trust the Photographer
If you’ve chosen a professional wedding photographer who has plenty of wedding experience, good reviews, and you feel that the majority of their photos seem to be flattering captures of the people in them, then you can feel confident that you can trust your photographer to make you look your best.
- Don’t Worry Too Much About Modeling, because most likely your wedding photographer is going to position you in ways that will make you look great. They will tell you were to stand, what to do, and how to do it.
- Don’t Worry About Coming Up with Photo Ideas. This is the photographers job, and you can count on them to have plenty of ideas for composition, and creative poses. There is no need to send your photographer a list of photos that you want to recreate in order to get a variety of beautiful and striking captures.
- It is, however, a good idea to tell your photographer your preferences regarding posing styles (playful, quirky, romantic, etc) so that they can give you more of the types of photos that you will be the most excited about.
5. Focus on Each Other, Not the Camera
You may find that your absolute favorite images are the candid ones, where you and your partner were having a genuine moment together. These are the images that truly capture your relationship, and the way you feel about each other.
You won’t be getting many of these kinds of photos if you are too focused on the camera. Try to ignore the camera as much as you can, especially while your photographer has you in a contrived pose. This can produce amazing half styled-half spontaneous images. This is where the magic really happens.
Follow This Advice and You’ll Love Your Wedding Photos
No matter what, you’re not likely to be disappointed when you hire a good wedding photographer. Austin, luckily, is full of plenty to choose from, all offering a wide range of styles and package options. You just have to find the photographer that best fits your style, personality, and budget!
If you’re searching for the right photographer for your wedding, I would love to be considered! Contact me asap to talk about booking!