The big day is almost here! After months of planning and waiting, you finally get to marry your partner in front of your friends and family and spend a day—or even a whole weekend—celebrating your love and commitment. But being the center of attention can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not used to having your photos taken. That’s why I put together a few suggestions to help you feel more prepared for all the photos on your wedding day!
Do your best to relax.
Usually when you’ve gotten to know the person you’ve hired it takes away some of the anxiety of being in the spotlight. If you’re not super comfortable in front of the camera, you’re definitely not alone. But if you don’t feel comfortable, it will show in your photos. Take a deep breath and focus on your partner and how much the day means to both of you. The more comfortable you feel, the more natural your body language and smiles will be, and the better your photos will turn out. You’re also working with a professional, so if your not sure what to do with yourself, it’s not a problem. You’ll get the direction you need.
Get a little closer.
Whether you two are constantly snuggling or you’re anti-PDA, be sure to take some time before your wedding day to practice a little more affection. The best wedding portraits show the couple’s connection, whether it’s holding hands or wrapping your arms around each other. The more comfortable you are with getting close, the more natural these poses will look in your wedding photos. Plus, it never hurts to snuggle a little more!
Spend some time at your venue.
As you’re planning and preparing for your wedding, take time to walk through your ceremony and reception venues and keep an eye out for scenic photo spots that may trigger your imagination. Look for places both inside and outside, such as gorgeous trees, lush gardens, and cool archways and architectural details that would make great backdrops for your photos. And try to do this walk-through before you’re rushing to get everything set up—a leisurely stroll will allow you more time to really observe and see the best spots. This may give you an idea with how much walking or travel you’ll have to do to get to the location. An important not when setting up you timeline.
Pause and be present.
You’ve probably heard people say that your wedding day goes by in a blur, and that’s true. After all your planning, the day will just fly by, and you’ll find it hard to remember specific moments. Try to take time post-ceremony to just be with your partner and enjoy the moment. Find a space away from your guests and the busyness of the wedding to really take in the fact that you’re married—and to capture some intimate photos of the two of you.
Be open with your photographer.
If there’s something specific you want out of your photos, like certain shots or family portraits, be sure to talk to them ahead of time. Your photographer’s job is to create the wedding photos you want, photos you’ll love for years to come. That’s why it’s so essential to communicate your desires and expectations.
If you’re nervous about your wedding photos, take a little time to prepare so you can feel more comfortable and get the natural, gorgeous images of your dreams!