Getting your photo taken by a professional is rare for most people… even for me! So when preparing for your engagement photo session, it’s normal to feel nervous.
You might feel pressure to look your best, but if your goal is to take natural looking photos that really show who you are, being self-conscious and worrying about your flaws won’t help.
It’s important to leave the worries behind and prepare yourself with these 3 mindset shifts before getting in front of the camera.
mindset shift number one…
Lots of people (women especially) feel the need to look the best they’ve ever looked at their wedding. This doesn’t necessarily need to be a negative thing, but it can feel like a lot of pressure.
While you look at photos of yourself and notice your flaws, other people will see your photos and LOVE them. Some will wish they looked at great as you.
When you’re 50 years old, I guarantee you’ll look back on these photos and think you looked amazing. But in the long run, this doesn’t matter very much anyway.
Who cares if you’re not “wedding-ready” or “wedding-skinny”? The reason you take engagement photos is celebrate the fact that you’ve said YES to getting married! Take a step back and remember what a special time this is.
That being said, if there’s something specific that you’re self-conscious about, don’t be afraid to share that with your photographer. They want to make you look and feel great. They may make outfit suggestions or do certain poses to help you love your photos. They’re on your side!
Remember that while you’ve been scrolling through engagement photos online, your fiancé might not know what to expect.
He may think we’re going to take a few pictures and be done in 15 minutes, but that’s not the case! Make sure to show him some of your favorite engagement sessions on your photographer’s blog and explain the process.
Remind him that it’s going to be FUN! Brainstorm ways to make the session comfortable for both of you. Bring a bottle of champagne, go to your favorite ice cream shop or bar, or bring your dog with you. Make plans for a date night afterward by going out to dinner!
Think of your engagement session like a practice run for your wedding day.
Engagement photos are the perfect way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera. This is why I encourage my couples to take advantage of the complimentary engagement session that’s included with their wedding photography.
No one begins their engagement session feeling totally comfortable, I promise. It may take a few minutes, but by the end, I want you to forget that the camera’s even there.
The most important thing is to be yourself. Walk, hug, and kiss each other like you always do. I’ll make little adjustments, tell you what to do with your hands, and make you look amazing!