Unless you happen to be in the Public eye the concept of having a camera pointed in your direction for a full day could feel pretty daunting for you or your partner. This is extremely common - and also nothing to worry about. So here's a few pointers to help you:
What to look out for:
Whilst searching for your dream images & Wedding Photography style you need to also pick a Photographer that on the day can make you feel at ease. Speak to them, meet them, get a feel for who they are as a person and whether your gut tells you that they can get the images you hope for and capture both your personalities.
Make sure they can Be Bold:
There are times in the day a little bold Direction is needed i.e. Getting your excited wedding guests into position for those family photos.
Make sure they can Blend in:
The rest of the time you want your Photographer to blend into the mix to capture those natural, unimposing shots. A good photographer will make you feel like you have not had a "camera pointed in your direction all day" - after all they are a Wedding Photographer - not Paparazzi. ;o)
Optional Couples Photoshoot with the Photographer:
Now this doesn't need to be a full blown execution of the day, or even specifically at the wedding location - but this can give you both a little practice of poses you will be potentially acting out on the day, which then will not make it feel so alien on your Special Day.
Some people do rehersal Wedding Dinners - why not a practise photoshoot to help you feel comfortable?
Make a List:
Your Photographer should do this with you - but if you are feeling nervous it might be worth you writing a list of all the "must have" images so you do not end up missing something in the talk with your Wedding Photographer. This is also important to ensure you have set aside enough time in the day to capture everything you need.
They should also confirm everything back to you, to ensure that its fully been understood.
Believe it or not - this part is not just about doing lots of selfie photos.
Although as mentioned a "couples shoot" with your Photographer is beneficial. It is about just being "self aware"...
What I mean here is practice your posture and position. If prior to the big day you have already improved your general:
- sitting up straight
- shoulders back
- chin up (elongate neck)
- and for the exposed arms: arms slightly held away from body
This will not only improve the photos, it will also make you more relaxed as you wont be "thinking" about doing the above - you will just be doing the above!
You will also be improving your general well being to live a much healthier and better life with your new found Husband or Wife.
Some points throughout the day, the lighting might need adjusting, or camera settings altered, or a position changed - just enjoy these quiet(ish) moments to enjoy being with your loved one and not rush or force the moment.
The photos will provide life long memories - and a few extra moments on the day to make that happen will be more than worth it.