One of the most common things I hear from my clients before a session is “we’re SO awkward in front of the camera.” It’s totally normal to feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, but luckily I have a few tips to help you and your fiancé overcome any fears you have before your shoot. Camera shy friends- these tips are for you!
1. Focus on each other!
The best thing you can do during a session is to focus on your partner. Focus on your connection- laugh, kiss, booty bump, whatever feels natural to you! When it comes to your engagement session, there’s no right or wrong way to show off your love! It’s normal to get nervous or feel awkward in front of the camera at first, but remember your fiancé is right by your side feeling the same way so laugh your way through it together and soon you’ll find the laughs are genuine!
2. Choose an activity you love for the engagement shoot
Tip number two is to pick an activity you two love to do together. The possibilities are endless: cooking, hiking, dancing, cuddling on the couch- anything goes! An activity you two love is the perfect way to loosen up those nervous jitters so you can look and feel natural during your engagement session.
3. Make the poses your own!
Throughout photoshoots, I always suggest poses to my clients but I always encourage them to make it their own. If your photographer suggests a pose that doesn’t feel quite right, make adjustments that fit your personality and what feels right to you. Feeling comfortable in your poses is the first step to looking natural in your photos. Another BIG pro tip to looking natural is to pay attention to your hands. Are they dangling awkwardly by your side? Are they floating in the air Ricky Bobby style? If your hands are doing something they normally wouldn’t in your everyday life, odds are it’ll feel awkward and that’ll translate in the photos. A great way to keep your hands occupied and looking natural is to interact with your partner- hold hands, hug, caress their cheek, etc.
I hope you found these tips helpful to looking and feeling natural in your engagement photos!
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