If your biggest worry about your wedding photography as a bride is how your groom is going to react to this whole picture thing, believe me, you’re not alone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received emails from brides worried that their grooms simply aren’t going to be able to get into the photography—or stories from grooms about how they don’t think they take very good pictures.
But I have great news for you: You are both more photogenic than you think!
One of my favorite things to do is to wow couples with their own hidden modeling skills and with how fun it can be to get in front of a camera. After all, it’s my job not just to take the pictures but to make it FUN. An engagement session is supposed to be enjoyable and relaxed, not forced or awkward.
By the end of a session, the most common response I get from a groom is: “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be; it was actually fun!” Boom. Mission accomplished.
But as you prepare for your shoot, you might still be a little worried about your man, and I’ve got you covered for that, too. Here are a few things you can do to help him out.
First of all, I highly recommend sitting down with your guy and showing him a session or two (or three) that I’ve photographed. Spend the time to scroll through your favorite sessions and images so that he knows what the expectations are and what you’re looking for out of the session as well.
Second of all, it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get to your shoot. There’s nothing worse than the time crunch of showing up late—especially if you’ve been arguing or stressed out all the way out to the session location. That’s not going to be the best mood for romantic pictures!
Last but not least, remember to have patience. Don’t assume outright that he’s not going to enjoy himself. Give him a chance to see for himself that pictures aren’t the end of the world.
These are simple things, sure, but I think you’ll find that as you do just that little bit more to reassure your groom, both of you will be more relaxed and have more fun. And I think you’ll be surprised how much you’ll enjoy your session—both of you!
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