So, we've mentioned this before, but your Wedding Day may well be the first time you have been the subject of such scrutinizing photography. Unless you happen to be a model or othersuch famous person, you probably don't spend all that much time on the receiving end of a lens. This can lead to a bit of discomfort on the Big Day; I like to call it Paparazzi Syndrome! So, how is this ailment cured? Well, first things first, you have to act naturally. Easier said that done, for sure, if the idea of a camera focusing on you all day makes you a bit uneasy! Having a photographer that you feel comfortable with is key; one who will listen to you, and take time to get you loosened up for the camera. A good idea is to have the photographer you've chosen to shoot your Wedding also shoot your Engagement session -- a lot of studios are offering this as a standard service when you book (we do!). Even if you don't want/need images for newspaper or other announcements, an Engagement session is a great way to get more comfortable in front of the lens, and also get more comfortable with your photog! It gives us a chance to feel out what the couple needs to work on (stiff poses, forgetting to smile, deer-in-headlights-stares) and also gives you a chance to get a feel for your photographer's shooting style -- are they pushy, manhandlers (we sure hope not!) or are they able to get their directions across easily & also capture those spur-of-the-moment romantic/funny/casual shots that will make your photos stand out?
OK, you've had your Engagement session, and you love your photographer, and you're feeling a little better about having a camera following you around all day... now what? Well, if you're having formal/group shots, your photog will take control here, tell people where to stand, and make sure all the details are looking good. There's not a whole lot you can do about pretending the camera isn't there, but if you've gotten comfortable with your photog at the E-session, you should be doing okay... just focus on how happy you are (you are happy, right?!) and it will shine through in your images! As for the candids and other documentary-style shots, those are easy... just forget your photog is there & go about your business! A good photog will be on the lookout for those special moments & be ready to capture them when they occur. Sure, we might step in on occasion and tweak a few things, but by then you'll be feeling like a pro ;)