One of the most common things I’m told before a photo session is that they’ve never done this before and that they feel super awkward in front of the camera. Well, I’m here to tell you, that’s why you hired a professional! No matter if it’s your first time in front of a camera or your twentieth, here are a couple tips to help make yourself feel comfortable.
Dress In Stuff You Feel Great In.
The worst thing you can do is to dress in something that you don’t feel 100% confident in. The last thing you want to be worrying about is your outfit because it will absolutely show in your final photos. When you feel comfortable, you’ll look comfortable. I always give my couples the option to bring one casual outfit for the first half of the session and then a more fancy outfit for the second half. Overall, you want to feel good about what you’re wearing so that you’re not caught up on it the whole session!
Don’t Feel Like You Have to Be Posed the Whole Time.
I will absolutely be guiding and leading you during our session but I don’t want you to feel like you have to stand a certain way or stare into the camera at all times. Sometimes, the best photos are of those in between moments that really capture the emotion. I like to give my couples prompts so I can catch those moments that really tell the story and let your personalities shine through.
Bring a Drink or a Best Friend.
Seriously, if you love wine or beer or whatever, bring some if that’s your thing! Obviously, I don’t want you getting wasted and have bloodshot eyes haha but a drink can really take some of the tension away and help you loosen up and feel a lot more relaxed. I’ve had couples bring a bottle of champagne and enjoy it throughout our session and we also got some awesome shots of them popping the bottle open! I’ve also had couples bring a good friend that made them laugh and feel more comfortable the entire session and it was great and we had a blast!
I don’t want you to feel like you have to be any certain way. I want YOU to shine through in your photos. This kind of ties into what I mentioned above. If you want your photos to be a real representation of you, your personality, and your style, wear clothes that are the true you, wear makeup that is the true you, and wear your hair the way you like it best. It will make you feel beautiful and much more comfortable than if you try to be someone you’re not.
I hope that this was helpful to you in some way. If you have any questions about how to prepare for your photo shoot, let me know! I’m happy to provide more guidance.