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How to feel confident in front of the camera

As a professional photographer, I often get asked for advice on how to feel confident and comfortable in front of a camera.  This has also been something I have struggled with in the past and has taken me awhile to feel happy with someone taking photos of me.  I mean, we all agree its awkward right?  You just standing there, trying to look cute and pose naturally, all the while feeling as though everyone is staring and judging you.  It can be downright nerve racking to say the least!  Since I have been in your shoes and have experienced this first hand, I thought it might be helpful to talk about a few tips I have learned in how to feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera!

 

Get to Know Your Photographer

Before your photo shoot, try to get to know you’re photographer.  Take some time to check out their website and social media page.  If they have a blog, take a few minutes to read what they write about and share with the world.  Once you can get a feel for who your photographer truly is the far less intimidating they will be!  If your photographer is going to be the one shooting your wedding, it’s a great idea to have an engagement photo shoot with them before your wedding.  By doing a shoot prior to your big day, it helps make you and your partner more comfortable in front of the camera, as well as makes a great opportunity to get to know the person that will be capturing some once in a life time moments! Some photographers will offer package deals with engagement and wedding shoots, so be sure to ask for additional details!

Wear Something You Feel comfortable In

If you’re not naturally comfortable in front of the camera, I highly recommend choosing an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in.  I have worked with clients before that have picked out a more “daring” outfit that was out of their comfort zone.  When we took a look at the photos the client did not like how she looked in what she had picked out and the way she had posed in it.  She stated to me she had felt uncomfortable and lacked confidence.  By choosing an outfit that you absolutely love and feel really great in will allow confidence to naturally shine through!  When you feel great about how you look and feel in something, your smile becomes so much brighter and your body will pose more naturally!

Know Your Angles

Speaking of posing naturally, do you know your best angles?  Obviously it’s my job as a photographer to know what angles compliment the best, but you knowing how you like to look really helps with confidence in front of the camera!  Taking a few moments to stand in front of a mirror to see what angles you prefer on your body is really beneficial before your photo shoot!  Take a few pictures of yourself, pose a little, get creative and review what you look like.  Trust me, once you get used to this it will make it much easier when someone else is taking photos of you! 

Understand the Light

If you have ever worked with a professional photographer before, I am sure you have heard them go on and on about evening light.  I know it sounds strange that we always seem to want to photograph in the evening on a warm summer night, but it’s totally normal.  The light is far more flattering and soft when the sun is setting.  By having your photos taken midday when the sun is at it’s highest peak in the sky, leads to unflattering and harsh shadows on your face.  Be sure to stick to the golden hour.  We want the glow of the radiance you have within, to be what shines brightly!

Ignore the Rest of the World

All too often it is so easy to let the little voice inside take over when you’re having a photo taken.  It doesn’t matter if you are surrounded by a lot of people or in the middle of nowhere, just you and me, doubt will start to creep in.  You may feel concerned about what others are thinking of you but in reality, most of the time, people aren’t even noticing that there is a photo shoot going on.  Most photographers won’t mind if you are shy either, it’s their job to help make you feel more comfortable!  So try to forget about the rest of the world and who is around you and just enjoy the moment at hand!

Have Fun

Similar to above and ignoring the rest of the world, it is so important to try and have fun while you’re being photographed!  As a photographer I do my very best to try to keep the mood light, entertaining and comfortable.  I may not be the classic comedian but I’ve learned a thing or two about making people laugh and loosen up!  The more relaxed you are and can let yourself go in a photo shoot, the more confident you will feel and the nicer the photos will turn out!

I hope these pointers will help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera and help build your self-confidence!  Put on that perfect outfit you absolutely adore and work your best angles!   Photography is meant to be fun and creative so enjoy the experience!

NINE HUMBOLDT COUNTY WEDDING VENUES FOR THE BUDGET BRIDE

Nine Humboldt County Wedding Venues For The Budget Bride

 

Humboldt County California is located in Northern California along the Redwood Coast. The beautiful setting found in Humboldt County makes for the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Whether you are looking for a coastal beach wedding or a wedding in the Redwood forest you will find it here. With stunning coastal and Redwood backdrops and the right photographer you are guaranteed to have beautiful wedding photos.

 

When scrolling through wedding photography on Pinterest from Humboldt County you may think it would never fit into your budget. But I am here to share with you nine wedding venues for the budget conscious bride.  

 

Who wants to spend your whole budget on a venue? Especially when you could use that money for things that last. The cake will be eaten,the dance floor will be packed up, the table decorations will be put away, but you will have the photos forever.  

 

  1. Merryman’s Beach House - Trinidad. Get married on Moonstone Beach. Events can be held on the beach in front of the large majestic rocks, by Little River, or at the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Contact Merryman’s Beach House for more details 707-616-6711. http://merrymansbeachhouse.com/

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 

         2. Shelter Cove - Shelter Cover. Get married on Black Sands beach,  Mal Coombs Park, or wedding rock. Both of these                 locations is the perfect spot for an elopement or small intimate wedding. If you have less than 50 people no permit is required. It also can make for some beautiful, dramatic images as seen in John and Danielle's intimate destination wedding. 

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/humboldtcountyelopementsheltercove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove 

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove 

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

 

3. Pamplin Grove-Highway 36. - Have a secluded glamping wedding surrounded by beautiful redwood trees at Pamplin Grove. This spot books up fast for summer weddings so call 707-454- 7651 to get more information and book your spot. Outside catering must be used.

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

 

4. Fern Cottage - Ferndale. Get married in the gardens of the beautiful historic Fern Cottage. Must contact venue for quote. Prices vary based on time, amount of people and space reserved. Max amount of guest 300. Outside catering and alcohol must be used. http://ferncottage.org/  

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding 

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding 

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

 

To see more of Daniel and Jessica's wedding, click here.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daniel-jessica-fern-cottage-wedding

 

 

5. Rosina Vineyards - Redcrest. Rosina vineyards is a beautiful venue that also has tables that you can use on sight, so you don’t have to worry about renting extra stuff. The venue is already so stunning, that you will only need minimal flowers, and table centerpieces, which will save you money overall. http://www.rosinavineyard.com

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards. 

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards. 

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.   

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

 

To see the Mulder wedding at Rosina Vineyards, click the link below.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/merasromanticrosinavineyardwedding

 

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To see more of the  Mulder wedding at Rosina Vineyards, click the link below.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/thomasjessikasromanticrosinavineyardwedding

 

 

6. Miranda Gardens Resort- Quaint cottages surrounded by lush flowering gardens in the heat of the Avenue of the Giants. https://www.mirandagardens.com

 

7. Redwood River Resort - If you are looking for a vintage, rustic, outdoor wedding venue with cabins,large trees and lush greenery  beautiful redwoods, and a river near by, then Redwoods River Resort is your venue. The average cost of weddings at this venue is $1152 and $3671 for a ceremony and reception for 50 guests. http://redwoodriverresort.com

8. Backyard Wedding- Know any friends who have a beautiful property or ranch? Backyard weddings or weddings on private property can be the most beautiful.

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https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daveandaimeeukiahbackyardwedding

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To see more of Dave and Aimee's backyard wedding, click here.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daveandaimeeukiahbackyardwedding

9. Barn Wedding- Love the rustic style? Create a romantic rustic theme with some pinterest inspiration and a little hard work. Check out the blog below to see one example of how Nikki created the wedding of her dreams from and old barn. 

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road 

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road 

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road

 

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/robandnikkirusticbarnwedding

 





 

I would love to hear from you. Did you have a budget for your wedding? What items in your budget were non-negotiable and you had to have no matter the price? Drop your comments below.

 

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Beach Wedding