Your wedding day is on the horizon, and while it’s totally normal to stress about the details, there’s one in particular causing you the most anxiety. You’re camera shy. You keep wondering how to look natural in your wedding photos – the only tangible memories that will remain of this special day. You’re also nervous about what your expressions and body language might reveal to future generations or to your friends and family who will probably want copies! We’re here to tell you: Take a deep breath because it will all be ok. We have some wedding day tips that will make the whole experience not just easier, but lots of fun (like it’s supposed to be)! If you’re a bride-to-be who has clammy palms just thinking about facing the camera, here are our top wedding day tips:
Hire a professional wedding photographer with excellent reviews.
If you have a wedding photographer who is unfamiliar with wedding day etiquette, you’ll probably feel even more self-conscious. A seasoned wedding photographer (who may bring along a second shooter) will know how to capture special moments without you even noticing they’re there. Because let’s face it, most brides don’t want to feel like there’s a camera on them all of the time. They want to enjoy the day and leave the photography part where it belongs – in the hands of a professional.
If you’re not sure about who to hire in your city, it helps to check out vendor reviews on sites like The Knot or WeddingWire.
Warm up with an engagement session.
If you have a while to go before the big day, you can always ask your wedding photographer to take engagement photos. This will help you get used to being in front of the camera and get to know your photographer better. The best part, though, is having some gorgeous photos as a keepsake.
Look amazing, feel amazing!
This is one of our favorite wedding day tips. Keep in mind that you’re going to look absolutely jaw-dropping on your wedding day. You’ll be wearing your dream dress, and you’ll have your hair and makeup done. Professional makeup artists will use camera-friendly makeup that looks stunning in photos and a great stylist will ensure that your hair has just the right amount of “wow” factor. Again, you can find vendors in your area on The Knot or WeddingWire. When you know you look incredible, you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the lens.
Try not to keep looking directly at the wedding photographer all day.
Photos of intimate moments or special events – like a wedding bouquet toss – look much better if you’re not looking at the camera. Professional wedding photographers will tell you to enjoy these moments and forget they’re even there.
The most important thing is just to have fun.
Finally, one of the most important wedding day tips: You should never forget that it’s your day. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or feels – you know who you are, and that is all that matters! So go ahead and enjoy yourself without worrying. Take a deep breath, go out, and make some life-long memories!