Hey! I get it. Having your photo taken can be really nerve-wracking. This may likely be the first time you step infront of a photographer, and the thought of playing out your most intimate and vulnerable moments can be tough to commit to, but here are my top tips for getting the most out of your day and enjoying the experience from start to finish…
Don’t be shy
Don’t be shy when it comes to expressing your love for one another. My aim is to capture all of those sweet and fleeting moments that make up your life together so enjoy the experience and rest assure that I’ll be there in the background. Embrace all of those goofy things you do together, giggle, have fun, kiss, snuggle, laugh out loud! I’ll guide you through the process too – so don’t fret – but ultimately, I want you guys to just ‘do you’ and allow me into your space. This seems obvious, but sometimes it’s tough to really commit to it. Your dynamic will set the tone and mood of the shoot naturally.
Dress as ‘you’
Whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident is best. Don’t feel like you need to get all glammed up for your photo shoot just because you’re going to be in front of a camera. Choose an outfit that represents where you’re going and who you are – jeans or dresses – just so long as it works for you. If you’re looking for those light, bright and breezy photos, light coloured clothing in pastels look heavenly.
Let’s go exploring
You’re not going to be your cutest, most genuine selves at the end of a stressful day. So take it easy all day! Grab lunch together, get a drink, relax doing something you enjoy. That way, when we meet for the shoot, you’re filled with love and excitement for each other, instead of just crossing another thing off the to-do list. Let me capture you on your best day!
You’re not there for me. I’m there for you: to document your love. The objective isn’t just to take pretty pictures. It’s to capture an exciting stage in your life while spending time together. It’s likely that the last time you got your picture taken “professionally” was for an awkward school photo or for posed family portraits. I promise you, it will be nothing like that. So forget the photos, and focus on enjoying the experience!
Embrace the elements
And I don’t just mean the weather. I want you to embrace the rocks, the dirt, the paths less travelled, the wind messing up your hair, your dress getting dirty, and all the other spontaneous and “imperfect” elements. If it starts to rain, we’ll keep shooting and have fun with it! If we have to stop between each shot to flatten out your hair or fluff up your dress, the whole natural vibe will be thrown off. I want to keep it natural and honest, so just let go!
Leave the big bags, don’t worry about the extra stuff you might need. I want you to be light on your feet and easily mobile because I will shoot all those little in-between moments. Extra props or bags tend to make spontaneous shooting more difficult, so minimalism is the way to go! That being said, on colder days, a cute blanket to keep warm would go down a treat! Or a little heirloom, something that’s special to you, will make your shoot even more personal.