What to wear
Remember that feeling when you buy new clothes and you just simply feel amazing? well start your day wearing something you feel confident in, as it can ruin your day and images when you look back at them, all because you didn’t like your outfit on the day of the shoot and it can have a huge knock on effect with the results for you.As the one behind the camera I would simply recommend either wearing anything black as it is slimming, pastel or warm colour clothes but it is dependent on your setting ( could be a wedding day) location and season setting and the look you’re wanting to create.
With this in mind please try to avoid patterns, as it makes the images look busy and draws peoples eyes straight to that stripy top you’ve chosen to wear. I’ll raise my hand and confess though, I’ve done this in shoots before, I’ve worn a flowery dress, and then looking back at my images my eyes are drawn straight to my clothes,and they didn’t match my setting or the season and it ruined the overall image I desired. So sometimes if you just wear something because it will do, or you can’t be bothered to iron and like me, you don’t have heaps of clothes to choose from, just remember the clothes you choose should make you feel warm and happy... It is important to make the most out of the photo shoot so go online or spend the morning shopping with a loved one or friends, looking for those pair of jeans or dress you’d like to wear and pick clothes that make you feel special because it really does make a difference to your images and how you feel about them after.
The same rules apply if you’ve hired a wedding photographer for your big day, and they’re normally with you for the morning prep right through until the first dance and cake cutting. I cannot express this enough, if you’re not comfortable with what you’re wearing whilst you’re getting ready e.g old PJ's then buy new shiny wedding gowns, ones that are soft and that accentuates your figure. After lock down your wedding dress maybe slightly tight or larger due to a new fitness kick and you don’t like the look of your bridesmaids dresses because of the colour. Then make the changes beforehand, contact that bridal shop, return the bridesmaids dresses and tweak everything you don’t like before it’s set in stone for your wedding images, as those memories last a lifetime.
After doing some research about how to help clients relax, it is very popular to play music during the photo shoot, I agree and love this little touch. The right tunes can break the ice and take your mind off the camera while it’s clicking away. And music is good for the soul after all, so depending on the shoot I have a music account which means i can play your favourite feel good tunes..
When it comes to posing we all have a preferred side, bits we hate and body parts we wish would look different, but we are all beautiful and unique in our own way. So forget about perfection and stop comparing yourself to others and especially those hot models, as they do it everyday as their career.. Although I do recommend practising in the mirror before the shoot to get to know your good side, As the photographer I might not be aware you don’t like your left side of your face because of a birth mark or that you hate your hands. It’s little details like that which helps me compose my images to suit your needs. I even find myself hate being in front of the camera, mainly because of my lock down weight gain since COVID and I now regret every cake we baked weekly, so you’re not alone. Be confident in your body image, you got this!
So you’re at the shoot and you got the outfit making you feel the part or if it’s your wedding day and you’ve been practising in the mirror, now what right? Well it’s simple have fun and play around, sometimes it’s best to capture emotion when you’re busy doing stuff like piggy back rides, drunk walking, dancing or the classic kiss and dip. That’s raw emotion I love and I do help with prompting you with poses on the day to take the stress away. Just simple be yourselves.
Did you know kissing, cuddling and smiling is a stress relief? So grab your partner and get lost in their eyes and forget about the camera and let me capture those love stories.
A good tip for couples on your wedding day, and during the ceremony when you hear those words “ you can now kiss the bride” make that kiss long lasting, Not only does it give the awwww factor, but I can get some romantic snaps of that kiss, the kiss that starts your marriage should be remembered., After all those years, months and days of organising, planning and dealing with the stresses that comes with a wedding you’ve made it, so enjoy that kiss. wedding day or next photo shoot,
I hope this blog gave you a boost in confidence. Remember you are amazing and have complete control of your day.