One of the biggest concerns that we hear from our clients is “I’m so awkward in front of the camera!” When a client is uncomfortable in front of the camera, they’re right; they can be awkward. Almost everyone feels weird when they are in front of the camera, even photographers. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
As a professional photographer, it’s your job to pose them in a way that’s flattering and make the experience fun for them so they don’t finish feeling even more awkward than when they started. Here are our favorite ways to give your client an experience they enjoy that produces photos that they absolutely love!
- Address any insecurities before you start taking any photos. We always recommend starting the session by asking our brides which side they prefer (and our grooms, too!). Sometimes they like their hair better on one side, they may have a scar they want you to hide, or maybe they love their dimple. We also encourage you to ask them if there is anything that they may be self-conscious about. This helps reassure them that you’re going to do your best to make sure they look amazing!
- Teach them all the poses at the beginning of the session. By taking a few minutes to explain some of the basic poses at the beginning of the session, they will get the hang of them much faster! Then, they can “graduate” to some of the more complicated poses later on in the session. This will make them feel like they know what they are doing!
- Give positive reinforcement when they are doing something well. The key here is always to have positive encouragement. We always want them to know what they are doing well, and never want them to feel like they are doing something wrong. Even if something isn’t quite right, you can still say, “I love the way you’re looking at her!” or something along those lines, and then move onto the next pose. They don’t have to know that they didn’t do it right the first time, and you can always try again with different directions later on in the session if you’d like!
If you struggle with posing your clients in a way that is flattering, check out our “How-to Mini-Guide for Flattering Bride and Groom Portraits” in the shop!