Being comfortable with the camera on your wedding day
Wedding day nerves are very common. I meet many who have wedding day nerves. Who feel intimidated by a professional camera lens. I’ve been on the other side of the camera too, so I understand how a videographer or photographer and their fancy equipment can make you nervous.
Camera Shy – feeling of embarrassment shared by most people
It’s entirely normal to feel this way, especially if you’re nervous or camera-shy generally. Psychology researchers say it’s because the photographer highlights the gap between our image of ourselves and the image reflected in the photo. Some people are naturally photogenic or just know how to show themselves to their advantage in front of a camera. But if you’re not, you can learn it. Even professional models use tricks to appear relaxed on film. To help you get more confidence before your big day, here are some tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera. Nothing overwhelming – you don’t have to become a supermodel! – but some things I’ve learned throughout my years of experience.
Tip 1 – Pick the right style
Most professional videographers and photographers have a website or blog, or social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest. Take advantage of this to check out their work. You can get acquainted with their creative process, and their style may inspire you and allow you to prepare for your wedding.
“”A good professional will work with you on your wedding day, help guide you through it. making sure IT IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIVES””
Tip 2 – Make them your friend
When you meet the videographer or photographer, have a chat with them. Start with subjects you’re passionate about to create positive energy. The idea is to focus your attention on things you know and love. A professional will always know how to take advantage of every situation. But talking about other topics will help you relax. And at this point in the wedding day, you’re so into it that any troubles and pre-wedding drama have already been forgotten.
Tip 3 – Slow down and breathe
Preparing for a wedding involves a multitude of responsibilities, decisions and choices. The bride and groom can get lost in the stress by trying to control every detail. Having seen this a lot, I advise all couples to slow down. It’ll be easier to savour every moment of your special event if you can take some time out as a couple, and take some deep, calming, regenerating breaths.
“”My biggest advice for any bride and groom. who are camera shy. This is probably going to be one of the best days of your life, embrace the experience and enjoy it.””
Tip 4 – Don’t be nervous about the whole day
Although your videographer or photographer may be there all day, the only times you’re likely to notice them are during preparation and the photoshoot. The rest of the time, you’ll be having a wonderful time getting married and partying with your friends and family. So, don’t worry about being on camera all day. A good videographer or photographer will blend in with your guests.
Tip 5 – Once the ceremony is over, relax
All the tension and build-up of the wedding day will only last until the ceremony. Wedding day nerves will disappear Once that part of the day is over, you’ll be able to take a deep breath and relax. The most significant part will be done – you can relax and enjoy the party!
Tip 6 – Enjoy the process
Remember, this is the best day of your life – keep this in mind throughout the day. And if you’ve done the work to find a videographer or photographer who understands you and your vision, place your trust in their discerning eye. Relax and let them do their work! and remember if your are camera shy and look nervous it will show up in the photos and video if you look uncomfortable.
I hope this post will help you feel more comfortable in front of a camera. Feel free to send me your stories to back up these tips with your concrete experience.