Flicking through Pinterest will give you a little insight into the world of beautiful wedding photos. If you think photos like these are out of reach, think again – This Is Life Photography owner Jaime Ellis gives us her insider knowledge on how to get the most out of your photographer and create your dream wedding snaps.
1. Build a rapport with your photographer
Do you feel comfortable around them? Can you be yourself? Ensure to book a face to face before booking them in, even if it’s over Skype.
2. Act natural
Try to avoid looking at the camera; this can look posed and doesn’t always yield the best results. Instead, look at your partner. Make them giggle. Hold them close and let your eyes drift naturally through your surroundings. Whisper something silly in their ear and let your photographer capture the results.
Don’t over-think what you are doing in front of the camera. If you’re feeling nervous, take a few deep breaths and relax. Remember the milestone you’ve achieved! Wrap yourself in the arms of your new husband or wife, and do what comes naturally.
4. Communicate ideas
Most photographers are pretty excited about trying something a bit out‑of‑the‑box, so if you want to try something different, let them know! Have a discussion prior about which locations you are keen to use for the bridal portraits. If you’re stuck for ideas, ask for their input, or even better, visit the area together.
5. Book in an engagement shoot
This adds to the first point of building a rapport with your photographer. It gives you an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the lens and learn what looks great.
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