How to relax a camera shy couple

Weddings and engagement sessions with a couple whom are awkwardly shy can be challenging. It is very important to get them to relax and have fun during the process. You simply cannot get a great shot if your subject is uncomfortable or afraid of the camera. 1. Keep your instructions clear and concise so they can understand what you have in mind. Showing them the pose with your assistant or a photo helps. Keeping the pose only briefly and move on to the next. If you all keep moving, it is hard to get frozen in front of the lens. 2. Try having the groom nuzzle the bride’s neck from behind, tickling and causing her to laugh. What you are looking to shoot is not the pose, but the reactions of the couple to the pose. Having an assistant that is good at gently posing the couple so you can concentrate on them moment filled with emotion is very helpful. If doing this on your own, you will need to humor them from behind the camera and shoot fast. Another way to get relaxed fun poses is by having the couple stand facing each other. Get them to close their eyes, and ask them to kiss each other. They can’t see, so they’ll probably miss. Invariably, they’ll start laughing. Be sure not to miss the moment. 3. If all these fail, switch to “romance” mode instead of “laughter”, and have them get into more intimate positions, such as the bride putting her arms around the groom’s neck and the groom’s arms around her waist. Another bonus pose you can move into from here is to ask the groom to kiss her on the cheek and ask the bride to not let him do it. This is pretty much a guaranteed way to get them to laugh. 4. A great set up that you should always do is “the walk”. Have the bride and groom stroll away from you. At this point you can snap away freely as they will probably be holding hands and just relaxing with each other. When they’re far enough, tell them to stop and walk back towards you. Snap away again.

Weddings and engagement sessions with a couple whom are awkwardly shy can be challenging. It is very important to get them to relax and have fun during the process. You simply cannot get a great shot if your subject is uncomfortable or afraid of the camera.
1. Keep your instructions clear and concise so they can understand what you have in mind. Showing them the pose with your assistant or a photo helps. Keeping the pose only briefly and move on to the next. If you all keep moving, it is hard to get frozen in front of the lens.
2. Try having the groom nuzzle the bride’s neck from behind, tickling and causing her to laugh. What you are looking to shoot is not the pose, but the reactions of the couple to the pose. Having an assistant that is good at gently posing the couple so you can concentrate on them moment filled with emotion is very helpful. If doing this on your own, you will need to humor them from behind the camera and shoot fast. Another way to get relaxed fun poses is by having the couple stand facing each other. Get them to close their eyes, and ask them to kiss each other. They can’t see, so they’ll probably miss. Invariably, they’ll start laughing. Be sure not to miss the moment.
3. If all these fail, switch to “romance” mode instead of “laughter”, and have them get into more intimate positions, such as the bride putting her arms around the groom’s neck and the groom’s arms around her waist. Another bonus pose you can move into from here is to ask the groom to kiss her on the cheek and ask the bride to not let him do it. This is pretty much a guaranteed way to get them to laugh.
4. A great set up that you should always do is “the walk”. Have the bride and groom stroll away from you. At this point you can snap away freely as they will probably be holding hands and just relaxing with each other. When they’re far enough, tell them to stop and walk back towards you. Snap away again.

couple pose Professional Photography by Linda Olsen engagement2 fun at a photo shoot Courtney Rangeo and Joshua Taylor wedding

5. Be creative with your angles and backgrounds and I find that I am constantly challenged to think of new and interesting sets and poses to try. If you are having fun, chances are the couple will also have fun.
Remember to praise them, even if the shots don’t look good. You want to make them feel good, like the camera loves them. Don’t make faces when you look at the pictures on the view finder, don’t ever let them know that a pose isn’t working. Tell them, “That’s great! Now let’s try a new pose…”
Keep the session light and quick moving, giving directions in a warm friendly manner. This takes experience and confidence in yourself.
Professional Photography by Linda Olsen
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