How to Feel Comfortable In Front of the Camera (Guest Post)

Hello lovelies! Today Amy Janz is here sharing some helpful tips for loving your wedding photographs, even if you're naturally uncomfortable in front of the camera. Thank you so much for sharing, Amy!! xoxo, Stacia

Many people have a hard time feeling comfortable in front of a camera. If you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming engagement or wedding photos - read on!

Meeting your photographer before your photos is tremendously helpful. You can get to know them and you’ll be more relaxed in their presence. Having your wedding photographer shoot your engagement photographs is a great idea because you’ll know what to expect on your wedding day.

Can you believe Matt and Amanda were nervous to have their photos taken? Now that they've seen how great they look and know what to expect, they’re ready to relax for their wedding photos.

Can you believe Matt and Amanda were nervous to have their photos taken? Now that they've seen how great they look and know what to expect, they’re ready to relax for their wedding photos.

I know it’s not as easy as it sounds, but ‘just act natural.’ Focus on talking to your partner, goofing around and whispering in their ear. Connecting with them will make your pictures more real and emotional.

Ask your photographer if they can shoot your engagement session while you do something. Have a picnic, a coffee shop date, fly kites or bake a cake so you can enjoy your date while your photographer shoots it.

Scott and Christine relax with a cup of hot chocolate in their engagement session. Having them hold mugs and sit on a bench takes the guess work out of posing and positioning hands.

Scott and Christine relax with a cup of hot chocolate in their engagement session. Having them hold mugs and sit on a bench takes the guess work out of posing and positioning hands.

When Matt and I got our wedding and engagement photos taken it was surprisingly easy to relax together. We chose to ignore the camera and just hung out together. It’s like being on a date and being followed by the paparazzi. You’re going to need to savor that feeling because unfortunately, fame isn’t in the cards for most of us.

A good photographer will help you through the photo session, guiding you through natural movements and poses so you look your absolute best. Don’t be worried that you don’t know what to do with your hands, or what your ‘best side’ is. Your photographer will prompt you to put your hand in your pocket so it looks less ‘claw-like’ or loosen up your shoulders so you don’t look tense.

If you want a little nugget of wisdom for looking incredible in photos, stick your chin forward, elongating your neck. You might feel like a turtle, but it’s the simplest way to immediately enhance your appearance. (Thanks Sal Cincotta for that gem.)

Finally, wear something you can be comfortable and confident in. Choose something you’ve worn before, something you know won’t be in your way or distract you from the session. Make sure the shoes you choose are comfortable too. If you opt to wear heels, bring flats to get you around the location, and then slip the heels back on when the session continues.

I hope these tips help make your wedding photos an enjoyable experience. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions. I would love to hear from you!

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