Hello my lovely,
I hear more often than I would like from couples (mostly brides), who after a build up of anticipation, receive their wedding photographs and are massively disappointed with them.
Because my darling, there is no encore, no re-run to take them again. Done, finito, finished.
Wedding photographs are the one solid visual memory of your wedding day and I am devastated for my couples and brides who fall out of love with their wedding photographs.
The reason why they dislike them? From feedback, one of the common reasons for that disappointment is down to self-esteem; not enjoying what they look like in-front of the camera. Wanting to see the perfect version of themselves. The other is down to not enough informed research and simply choosing the wrong photographer.
Today, the gorgeous and coolest wedding photographer I know, Laura Babb is back to share her expertise to help you on your merry way to feeling comfortable and confident in front of the camera on your wedding day and falling in love with your wedding photographs. (If you missed Laura’s first instalment about getting the most out of your wedding photography, you can catch up here.)
My humble advice….Find a way to embrace and fall in love with your imperfections just as your beloved no doubt already has. They make us who we are don’t they? Perfectly imperfect.
Love the camera:
It’s actually pretty rare that I have a couple who aren’t a bit shy or self-conscious! My advice would be to speak to your photographer to find out as much about their approach as possible. If you’re especially nervous you might want to think about an engagement shoot, as they can work really well to remove the fear of being photographed on the day of the wedding.
My approach is always to give my couples some simple exercises to do, so that they are focussed on each other rather than the camera. I start photographing from a little way back and then slowly move in closer. I also focus a lot on the backdrop, including using interesting architecture/landscapes to frame the couple. It’s not just about close ups of faces – in fact I save these types of shot until the very end of the session, when they’re a lot more relaxed.
Love yourself in photographs:
I think loving your photographs is a bi-product of two things:
One being happy with yourself.
If you know you hate all pictures of yourself and the reason for hating all pictures of yourself is because you have a negative self-image, then it will be really hard for a photographer to over come that. That’s not to say they can’t overcome it. A lot of how you feel about the pictures will directly link to how you felt at the time they were taken, so it really is worth making sure you like your photographer and feel comfortable with them.
My personal approach is documentary, rather than editorial if people are accidentally pulling a really silly face because they are laughing so hard, I use those shots as, for me, they are part of the story. Likewise if there is a shot of you looking stupidly happy but with a bit of a double chin, they stay. (Nu Bride: Love it!)
Some photographers will do everything they can to present an as near to perfect version of your day as possible and will spend a lot of time posing you to make sure you look your best. You need to work out what you are looking for.
Two is making sure your expectations of the final outcome of your wedding photography are realistic.
The best way to do that is to look at a few full weddings your photographer has shot, ask them about their approach and find out as much as possible about the type of images they will deliver and how they will work on the day. Will they spend time in the reception making sure they get a picture of every guest or do they focus on the story?
You should also make sure you both trust and like your photographer, so that you can leave them to get on with the business of photographing your wedding, while you enjoy your day. (Nu Bride: Always ask for testimonials and compare with 3-like-for-like services to get a true feel of what you like and who is right for you both!)
Pay Cheap, Buy Twice
Invest in your photography. Of course I would say that as I am a wedding photographer, but it’s usually the people who have asked a friend to photograph their weddings or who have used a cheap/inexperienced photographer who aren’t in love with the outcome. (Nu Bride: Tis’ true guys and girls, tis’ true, I cannot recommend investing in your wedding photography enough)
Photographing weddings is challenging and if your photographer is not skilled or experienced they may not be able to handle changing conditions. This is why you should ask to see a full example of weddings, including some that are similar in terms of the style/venue/time of year for your wedding.
So there you have it! How to love your photos! For further information on the magic that is Laura Babb please contact Laura directly: www.babbphoto.com
Photography courtesy of Babb Photo