Sometimes people show up to engagement shoots or weddings nervous for their picture being taken. They haven’t been in front of a camera in years and definitely never with their fiancé. No one wants to look stiff, uncomfortable or have fake smiles plastered on their faces…at least I know I sure don’t! There are a lot of rules with how to pose someone to look their best. Pat and I know what they are and Pat and I know when to toss the rules out of the window. That’s usually when genuine emotion comes through that shows real smiles, laughter and connection.
So, how do you get yourself to feel natural in front of a camera? Bottom line, it’s not up to you, it’s up to us. We can’t expect you to show up and know what you’re doing and just say wing it. We need to guide you to the “wing it” phase. That’s the phase when the guard finally comes down and you just have fun with it. We do that by asking you to do something that sounds pretty ridiculous. Pat has been known to tell the guys to whisper something dirty in the girl’s ear. Sound embarrassing and untraditional? It is! But what you get is a genuine laugh and expression….oh, and we never want to know what the guy says! Keep that biz-nass on the DL!
We tell all of our couples that what we ask sounds dumb but ends up looking amazing! It’s never about what we’re asking you to do but the reaction to what we’re asking. The more hilarious the task, the more natural and fun the picture turns out. Sure, we may get a few funny looks at what we’re telling them to do but that’s ok, if I need to sound like a clown for a day, I’m down with it for a shot they’ll love forever.