Making the brides or the wedding party feel comfortable is one of the challenges that I faced when I first started in portraiture and wedding photography. There’s only so much complimenting you can do to make them feel comfortable with you. After the 50th “you are so cute” compliment, it will start to sound fake. That’s why incorporating jokes will for sure make the bridal party feel more comfortable during portrait photo shoot sessions.
Here are my jokes that I always use to make my clients feel comfortable:
SMILE! This is your best angle!
I usually say this when I photograph my clients’ back. I usually ask my clients to turn around so I can take pictures of their hair and the back of their dress. Obviously their face will be completely 180 degrees from the camera so when they do, I just say the line, “SMILE! This is your best angle!” It works every time!
You guys are so fake!
Capturing the perfect genuine laugh or moment is sometimes difficult, unless you are a stand-up comedian and you can make your clients laugh every time. If not, I just straight up tell them, “do a fake laugh,” which they do all the time. After doing the fake laugh, I’ll tell them the truth that they are so fake and works for me all the time! :) But be careful on this one. Make sure you don’t come off very insensitive and rude.
Give me your best Beyonce, Fierce super model pose!
This is not a joke, but in all of my bridal party photo shoots, I always ask them to do their best super model poses. This is always a winner and will make the bridal party engaged for sure.
Give me your best gangster pose!
...works every time especially with the bridal party.
Please keep in mind that before making all these jokes, make sure you make the bridal party feel from the get go that you mean no harm and that you are a genuine nice person. You will land these jokes hard when they know you are a genuine nice person and yet you are shady.
Lastly, the most ultimate tip is just to have fun, and be genuine to your clients! :) Happy shooting!