“We Are Really Awkward In Front Of The Camera”: Tips For Capturing Natural Wedding Photography

Alright — real talk. I’ve heard this phrase SO many times throughout my photography career and I wanted to do a blog post solely on this topic. Don’t stress! It’s my job to capture natural wedding photography and that means making sure you feel comfortable, confident, and cute in front of the lens! 

Here’s a list explaining the “COMFORT FACTORS” I use to ensure you are TOTALLY comfortable during your session with me.

Comfort Factor #1: I Don’t Stick A Lens In Your Face And Expect You To Know What To Do

When you hear me say that my job is to capture who YOU are through natural wedding photography, that doesn’t mean I will just be silently shooting you like a National Geographic photographer in the wild. My job is to create memories WITH you and FOR you. 

This is a team effort, with me giving instructions and prompts to help you loosen up and feel like there is no one else around except you and your #1 babe. It is my goal to give you the FULL EMP EXPERIENCE by guiding you every step of the way during our session and having you feel comfortable the whole time — which results in amazing, relaxed wedding photos!

The more willing you are to trust my instructions and participate in my prompts, the better the shots!!! The proof is in the shots below.

Comfort Factor #2: I Prefer Prompts Over Poses

Don’t feel comfortable with the idea of posing? Still not sure if you’ve even figured out your best “picture smile”? NOT A PROBLEM! I do 80% prompting over posing during our session, which means I’ll give you instructions to do a fun action that gets you moving and captures an authentic reaction and connection.

I always start with warm up prompts to kick things off and ease you into it before asking for more “action filled” prompts. My FAVORITE prompts are “the sneak attack bear hug” or “the barrel roll” in the sand or grass! The laughter will be rolling! 

Check out the photos below to see how these prompts help me capture natural wedding photos that are beautiful and GENUINE.

Relaxed wedding photos come when you laugh together!

Comfort Factor #3: I Like To Know Your PDA Comfort Level Ahead Of Time

For those of you who don’t know, PDA stands for Public Displays of Affection. I will warn you that all of my prompts involve touching each other. So if you’re not a very PDA couple then we will make sure to choose a secluded location for our session instead of the city centre of Vancouver!! 

The key to natural wedding photography is making sure you feel comfortable getting close to your babe so you can get your money’s worth of shots with your photo session!

Feel comfortable getting close to your babe for natural wedding photos

Comfort Factor #4: It Can Be Helpful To Share The Camera’s Focus With A Prop You Love

If the stare of the camera lens is still making you feel awkward, feel free to come with a prop in hand. The physical feeling of having something familiar in your hands may make you more brave in front of the camera since you won’t be the main focus anymore.

Having a prop will also open up more prompt opportunities. You could bring a live prop, such as a beloved pet, or an item like a blanket, bouquet, or items associated with your passions. Check out the photos below for prop inspiration!!!

It’s not a long list, but it’s an IMPORTANT list because it’s about your comfort 100% of the time.

I will be posing you down to your fingertips, so don’t worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. As a relaxed wedding photographer, I look forward to working with you and creating those memories WITH YOU and FOR YOU! Get in touch here.

Below are a few more GORGEOUS shots to put you at ease about getting in front of the camera.

tips For Capturing Natural Wedding Photography

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