If you’re a bride who is a little anxious about how your groom is going to react to this whole “picture” thing, you are not alone. I will admit that I used to be in your shoes, as my husband still to this day hates having his picture taken. To make a long story short, I ended up worrying over nothing! If you have a groom who is camera shy or just hates having his picture taken (because let’s face it, this is how most guys are!) then I hope you will find this blog helpful in calming some of your anxieties. Here are some ways on how to prepare your groom beforehand.
I receive so many emails from brides who are worried that their groom will not be into their engagement session or wedding portraits & I have great news for you. You both are more photogenic than you think! I am constantly surprising couples by discovering their hidden modeling skills. What I have found most of the time is that once we get warmed up, it’s the GROOM who is the most into it! I’ve had groom’s start asking to do certain poses in certain locations, & it cracks me up everytime! The grooms actually start to have FUN. When this happens, I know I have done my job well. With that being said, I cannot think of one groom in my countless amount of weddings and engagement sessions who have displayed a bad attitude. Your engagement session is supposed to be fun & relaxed, not forced or awkward. As you prepare for your shoot, there are a few things that you can do to help your groom know exactly what to expect…
1) Do Your Homework
First I would highly recommend sitting down with your guy & show him 2-3 of your favorite engagement sessions that I have photographed. Spend some time together scrolling through a few blog posts, which will allow him to gauge what his expectations should be. Once he sees how much you love my style when it comes to posing, I’m sure he will be more willing to go with the flow of the session. If your groom is nervous about reenacting some of those romantic poses, you can assure him that I strive to make it playful & fun to help bring out those natural emotions. Plus I will be coaching the both of you every step of the way!
2) Allow Plenty of Time
Another recommendation is to allow plenty of time to get to your shoot! There is nothing worse than when a couple arrives late, & they have been arguing in the car. That is definitely going to put your groom in a bad mood! Also, be sure to show up on a full stomach. Depending on the time of year, most of my sessions are scheduled in the late evening. Being hungry results in being “hangry”, so make a date night of it and go grab a bite to eat beforehand. Just be careful not to spill any food on your outfits ???? Another option would be to bring your outfits with you & change after your dinner date. Trust me, you will thank me later ????
3) Be Patient
Lastly, be patient with your groom. I’m sure this is their first rodeo, & I’m sure they will be just as nervous as you are-if not more. As much as I believe you will both enjoy your session with me, keep your expectations low. Do not assume that your groom is going to have a good time…because chances are, they would much rather be at home watching that game they’ve been dying to see. Your groom is there for YOU, because he knows how important this season is for you. He knows how important it is for you to have these memories captured. So brides, be patient with your grooms & trust in me to bring your photographs to life.
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