How to pose a camera shy bride?
Based on my experience in photographing camera shy people or people who are inexperienced in front of the camera, I notice they always feel unnatural to be in front of the camera. Unless they are professional models, it is a bad idea to pose them and constantly directing them in all of the photos. What I mean by that is, don’t make them feel forced to do a pose or else, your photos will come out very awkward, forced and unnatural.
Eventually you, the photographer, will feel hopeless and you become uninspired and annoyed and you’d think that the bride has no personality.
Here are my three tips on how to photograph a camera shy bride:
1. Wait for The Moment
When you are dealing with a bride or any client who is very camera shy, you must take advantage of the documentary style photography. Meaning, capture the moments when the bride is not aware of you taking the photos. This will result to very natural, unforced photos. These moments could be during, getting ready, the mom and the bride hugging, when the bride is interacting with her bridesmaids, or when the bridesmaids first see the bride in her dress. There’s so many moments during a wedding day other than posing and scheduled photo shoots. Documentary style photography is usually the photography style that most brides would like during her wedding day anyway.
2. Ask Them To Do Something
This tip always works best for me. When I am with a client who is very camera shy, I always ask them to do something… literally. For example, I would ask them to walk from point A to B, ask them to pick up the bouquet, or ask them to interact with each other by talking or laughing. I would also ask them to run… you name it! Use your imagination be creative!
3. Talk To Them
When I am taking portrait photos, I always try to talk to them while still clicking the shutter. This usually makes them more comfortable and you’ll be able to capture more genuine moments with your clients. I ask them questions like, “what are you thinking right now?”, “are you excited”, and of course the usual, compliment them genuinely. Complement their dress, flowers, hair, makeup, shoes… etc.