What To Do When You Don’t Like Having Your Photograph Taken

Photographs are something a lot of people are nervous about on their wedding day, so what can you do to get the best photos and feel more comfortable?

Q: We don’t like having photographs taken, how can we feel comfortable on the wedding day?

A: I think this is something a lot of people are nervous about before their wedding, and I know exactly how you feel! When it was my turn to be the bride, I wasn’t looking forward to being the other side of the camera. But there are a few things that you can do to help you feel a little more comfortable.

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1. Book a photographer you get on with – Not only do you need to love your photographers work but you also want to make sure they are a person you feel comfortable around. If you get on with them you’ll automatically feel more comfortable with them on the wedding day. This is why its so important to meet your photographer before you book them. Remember to keep the photographer’s style in mind. If you’re not a fan of photographs, then you probably don’t want to book a photographer who has a heavily posed style, you’ll want to opt for someone who has a more natural style.

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2. Take advantage of a pre wedding shoot – I highly recommend pre-wedding shoots to couples who are feeling a little nervous. You might not have been in front of a professional camera before so having a practice run is a great way to see what it’s like. I write more about my experience of a pre wedding shoot as a bride, and how useful I think they are here.

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3. Try to forget the camera is there – A tricky one, but useful. Try not to think about the camera as much and it won’t be as intimidating. One of the good things about being the centre of attention on your wedding day is that everyone will want to speak to you. There’ll be that much going on that having your photographs taken will be one of the last things on your mind. You’ll possibly only notice the camera during your couples portraits. This is the part of the day when your photographer steals you away from your guests and you get to spend a few minutes just the two of you. I always say to my couples during this time to pretend I’m not there, enjoy being married and act natural, you don’t even need to look at the camera if that makes you feel more nervous. My favourite photographs are of couples who are interacting with each other.

Just remember to enjoy your wedding day, remember the reasons why you’re doing it, and focus on your other half when the nerves start to kick in. Have fun and take in all the memories, and you’ll look happy and relaxed in your photographs.


For more advice about wedding photography speak to Lucy or email your questions to photography@theliverpoolweddingblog.com

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